Letters to the Editor

Serve constituents, not donors

DEAR EDITOR: Tax reform needs to occur and not in a watered-down version. It should be simple, straightforward and without loophole deductions. And it should be embraced by both parties. The big question is can anything get done that will help the average citizen? The Democrats are the ...

The tax bill is poorly written

DEAR EDITOR: Here we go again. Congress is trying to pass a major piece of legislation. They tried to repeal “Obamacare” but failed mainly because they were replacing it with another big government plan. Now Congress wants to pass a huge tax cut bill. It is so complex it won’t do ...

Still no proof of Russian collusion

DEAR EDITOR: To my dismay, some Americans are disappointed in President Donald Trump for not getting anything accomplished. But he has accomplished quite a bit with both hands tied behind his back by the Democrats and Republicans, while continually taking punches thrown by the main-stream ...

Inject only Ohio waste in local wells

DEAR EDITOR: I am opposed to injection wells because they are not restricted to the Ohio oil well drillers. This opens up the waste water trucks from Pennsylvania, and I understand the drilling companies are also from Pennsylvania. Therefore, any saltwater or brine injected in these wells ...

Windy Lake Erie good power source

DEAR EDITOR: It probably would not be difficult to get a grant to install wired pole lines from Lake Erie to Youngstown. Then, about six miles offshore, small islands where the lake is only about 45 feet deep could be built and windmills mounted on them. Just as power lines are run down ...

‘Out of the Darkness’ Walk successful

DEAR EDITOR: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness” community walk was held Sept. 30 at the Wick Recreational Area of Mill Creek Park. As my wife Cindy is the chairperson, I must say I could never be prouder of the work we put into the event. Our event ...

Limit elected terms as start of a fix

DEAR EDITOR: Once again the ugly head of divisiveness has come to the forefront in America. Take a knee and join in protesting life in the U.S.A. Whining has become the great American pastime. Let’s really talk a little about the truth. Is life in America truly that bad? Do we really ...

Honor the flag because of pride

DEAR EDITOR: It makes my blood boil to see scumbags disrespect our flag. These self-proclaimed “warriors” should put their money where their mouth / knee is. Kaepernick and his followers should budget themselves $1 million of their multimillion-dollar salaries and donate the rest to ...

Wrong people make mess in Mecca

DEAR EDITOR: Here are reasons the wrong people got elected in Mecca Township two years ago. Current trustees decided: Not to resurface, repave or crack / seal any Mecca roads this year; Not to purchase a tornado siren for West Mecca despite former trustee Darryl Black and state Rep. ...

Consider Medicare for all

DEAR EDITOR: Is health care a privilege or a right? That, I believe, is the question at the heart of the current ongoing debate over the state of health care coverage in America. To be sure, it’s an oversimplification of a very complicated subject. A plan for health care that I believe ...

Second Amendment should be protected

DEAR EDITOR: Good grief, another mass shooting, and in a house of God no less! It was just a few weeks ago that we saw hundreds shot at a concert in Las Vegas, and now in Texas. Where will it end? Unfortunately, it will not end by pounding your fists on the table; and demanding stricter ...

Concentrate on the United States

DEAR EDITOR: Donald Trump is attempting to extend what was Bush’s war, then Obama’s war. The place is Afghanistan, and he wants to throw more American soldiers into that mess. The killing continues and we taxpayers keep pumping billions of dollars into the giant sandbox. Five-thousand ...

Cleanup, mowing are appreciated

DEAR EDITOR: This past summer the home beside me became abandoned and dilapidated. The grass was uncut and the shrubs were overgrown. I am retired and keep my home and yard in good condition. I didn’t know where to turn for help. I called Councilman John Brown one evening and John said he ...

Thank a veteran for serving country

DEAR EDITOR: Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11. It began when the fighting of World War I, known as the “Great War,” ceased, in the 11th hour of Nov. 11, 1918. When the battle of that war, regaled as the war to end all wars, ended, Armistice Day was declared by President ...

What’s the real Russian collusion?

DEAR EDITOR: In the past few days there were three stink bombs that went off in the Washington, D.C., swamp. The first was that Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid $6 million to drum up a Russian dossier to make President Donald Trump look bad. Clinton had admitted that it was a fake and said she ...

Dems’ radicalization poisons America

DEAR EDITOR: Is there anything left in American public life that isn’t an occasion for political division? NFL games are political theater and Los Angeles and Austin replaced Columbus Day with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” It should be obvious by now that culture wars are unending. ...

OARRS: Too far or not enough?

DEAR EDITOR: As a way to prevent opioid drug abuse, Ohio adopted the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting program, or OARRS. There have been many negative opinions on something that can only help us fight the drug epidemic happening in Trumbull County. According to media reports, Trumbull County ...

Painkillers helped create opioid crisis

DEAR EDITOR: The opioid crisis should have doctors and patients rethinking the use of prescription pain medications. The seriousness of this crisis cannot be overstated. More than 90 Americans are dying from drug overdoses daily. Sadly, in a way that none of us would want, Ohio is in the ...

Athletes can take a knee for whole game

DEAR EDITOR: I believe pro sport stars are picking the wrong fight. The federal government has no laws or regulations condoning prejudiced or racist actions. In fact, the U.S. has been a leader in civil rights laws over the last 60 years. The problem is with local municipalities and the ...

The ACLU and the Democratic Party

DEAR EDITOR: These two working together have taken away, little by little, what America stands for. First, it was not saying Merry Christmas. Then no manger displays in public places. They still are trying hard to take away the Second Amendment and freedom of speech every day. They want to ...