Letters to the Editor

New phase for Obamacare repeal

DEAR EDITOR: A great friend of mine, Bob, and I had a game we played while in the Navy. We both would claim that we knew everything in the world. When I was asked something I didn’t know, I would say, “Bob knows that.” Since we didn’t work together, we were rarely in the same place ...

Taxes being spent on Florida weekends

DEAR EDITOR: Here we are at another weekend with our president not in Washington. Another weekend with President Trump at his weekend retreat in Florida. Another so-called working weekend (wink, wink). And another $3 million spent on security for our part-time president and his family, ...

Republicans are only profit-driven

DEAR EDITOR: Now maybe the people who voted for Donald Trump and Republicans will begin their rehabilitation back to reality. Republicans cannot govern. The Affordable Care Act repeal wasn’t just low-hanging fruit for the Republicans and Trump, it was the fruit made into sauce for the ...

Poppy symbolizes remembrance

DEAR EDITOR: The American Legion adopted the memorial poppy as a national emblem of remembrance in 1920. Afterward, the red poppy became a symbol of remembrance used around the world by veterans’ organizations. Following World War I, much of the land of Europe was in total devastation. ...

Taxes being spent on Florida weekends

DEAR EDITOR: Here we are at another weekend with our president not in Washington. Another weekend with President Trump at his weekend retreat in Florida. Another so-called working weekend (wink, wink). And another $3 million spent on security for our part-time president and his family, ...

Some lessons about presidency

DEAR EDITOR: “What? Obama wiretapped Donald in 2016? You serious? That’s a felony. He and Hillary both should be in jail. This country is falling apart.” This is dialogue I heard while in line at the grocery store. Here we go again, I thought. Even though the Obama presidency has ...

Workers will struggle under Trump

DEAR EDITOR: I hope everyone understands that Donald Trump conned voters. Now working people are in for a hard time. In 2015 Trump insisted that American workers’ wages are too high. Now he and his billionaire buddies are geared up to do something about that. The first anti-worker, ...

Preserve the Falls Community Center

DEAR EDITOR: For over a year, the historic Newton Falls Community Center has been arbitrarily closed for no good reason, denying vital services to area residents. Now it is faced with the imminent prospect of razing, a dire threat which is raising the righteous anger of all who value our ...

Commissioners good stewards of funds

DEAR EDITOR: This is on behalf of the Trumbull County Tourism Board and the membership of the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau regarding Trumbull County Commissioners’ adjustment of last year’s hotel lodging tax reallocation by returning the 0.5 percent funding the bureau. When ...

Niles residents should be wary of officials

DEAR EDITOR: Niles Mayor Tom Scarnecchia recently fired his service director for a “backdoor deal” with a city worker. Well, if the service director gave out this big deal, why did the mayor and city council turn around and appoint this same city worker to a job they eliminated (grant ...

Less ‘blame game,’ more responsibility

DEAR EDITOR: Many years ago, the United States had a president who had a sign on his desk that read “The buck stops here.” The president was Harry S. Truman. It was good then, and it is good now. Congressional representatives once understood that the real art of the deal was working ...

Seek answers to health care costs

DEAR EDITOR: You would think that after eight years, the Republicans would have a health care plan ready to go on the first day that was affordable, allowing choice of health providers, allowing competition in the market and doing away with the penalty. After years of blowhard blustering ...

Washington must build on Obamacare

DEAR EDITOR: Health care only works if it’s affordable and available to every American regardless of their pay grade. The Affordable Care Act was the GOP’s plan, but they opposed Obama. We should all be entitled to basic health care that doesn’t bankrupt us. It would be easier to ...

Everyone wins when we improve ACA

DEAR EDITOR: Everyone can be a winner if President Donald Trump, the senate and congress would only work together and repair and improve the ACA-Obamacare instead of repealing and replacing the law. This would be in the best interest for all Americans. This can be done if they would only do ...

Congressman Renacci has been effective

DEAR EDITOR: U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci certainly is not a typical career politician. Instead, he is a man of action who responds to those who seek his assistance in maneuvering through the governmental maze. Our son and daughter-in-law were working through an application process involving the ...

Public services come at high cost for everyone

DEAR EDITOR: With Warren firefighter contract fact-finding underway and the recent hike of the city income tax, citizens of Warren deserve to know how their hard-earned money is being spent. In addition to accumulating sick and vacation hours proportionate with service each pay period, ...

Trump proven he can’t see fact from fiction

DEAR EDITOR: The GOP has lost its mind. Anytime people lose their ability to differentiate fantasy from reality, or fact from fiction, one can say they lost their minds. This GOP president has effectively demonstrated that he has lost his ability to discern truth from fiction. ...

Support drug testing in our school district

DEAR EDITOR: At a recent Board of Education meeting, we learned the Bloomfield Mespo School District is moving toward adopting a random drug testing policy for students. While the language is not yet finalized, and it has yet to be voted on, as a community member, a parent and as a ...

Failing report card when it comes to work

DEAR EDITOR: In my last letter, titled “Success I” I wrote about success on an individual level. This is “Success II” about success on a national level. One measure of our success is our willingness and ability to work; unfortunately, our government has decided that welfare is more ...

High school sport tournaments unfair

DEAR EDITOR: When will the Ohio High School Athletic Association, or OHSAA, and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, or PIAA, going to stop athletic teams from non-public schools from playing public school teams in state tournaments? The continued annihilation of many ...