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Thousands of more jobs could be gone from Kraftmaid; $8 per hour labor from Georgia for TJX construction. It doesn’t sound like Making America Great Again. The wealthiest just keep getting wealthier, and others keep falling out of the middle class. Trump should change his campaign to “Make ...

More favoritism for public employees

DEAR EDITOR: The case of Trumbull County 911 Director Ernest Cook is especially infuriating. He is accused of drunken driving, hitting a kid and leaving the scene in Brookfield last July — almost a year ago. I believe there has been no end to the investigation yet because he’s a public ...

Be educated on laws to protect yourself

DEAR EDITOR: I read the Tribune Chronicle story about politicians in Warren talking about issues concerning public employees. As usual, politicians talk to get votes and have no clue what the Ohio Revised Code or the Ohio Ethics Commission law states. I retired from the city of Warren two ...

Chance to fix school funding is at hand

DEAR EDITOR: This spring provides a real opportunity to fix our state’s broken school funding formula. Under the current school funding formula only 17 percent of schools are actually funded using it while 83 percent are funded outside the formula. In the case of Lordstown Local Schools, ...

Debates may give Ryan exposure he needs

DEAR EDITOR: Joe Biden is the leading Democratic party candidate by far. And our Tim Ryan has so much in common with Joe. Both come from blue collar towns, both are Roman Catholic, both are middle-of-the road candidates. Joe is a trusted grandfather figure, and Tim is a trusted middle-age ...

Employee investigation appears incomplete

DEAR EDITOR: I have followed with interest the recent disciplinary episode involving Warren city worker Celestino DiVieste and his punishment. The Warren human resources department is on record saying that because of the Fox 8 news report being made public, it “ruined any chance of a ...

Trustee questions road levy length

DEAR EDITOR: There is much uncertainty regarding state sources of funding for local roads. For example, the state motor vehicle fuel tax increase will begin this July, possible increases exist in distributions of local government funds and a possible increase for townships through motor ...

Warren hiring story was unnecessary

DEAR EDITOR: What was the purpose and urgency of a Tribune Chronicle front page news story about the Warren auditor’s son getting a job? Were laws broken? Did someone file a complaint claiming favoritism or corruption? Even in this case, there are layers upon layers of separation ...

Lessons from Ohio’s In Demand jobs week

DEAR EDITOR: There are 236 in-demand occupations in which there are nearly 100,000 openings in Ohio. Many of those careers pay more than $50,000 a year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Earlier this month, as part of “In-Demand Jobs Week,” I met employers looking for people ...

Consumers pay for tariffs — not exporters

DEAR EDITOR: A tariff is a tax on imported goods. Despite what President Trump says, it almost always is paid directly by the importer (usually a domestic firm) and never by the exporting country. That means if a progressive tariff (tax) is placed on all Mexican goods imported to this ...

Removing rights not answer to gun violence

DEAR EDITOR: There has been another mass shooting in this country. Twelve people killed in the Virginia carnage. I’m sure all the anti-gun people will be beating their war drums to rid society of the evil of guns. Politicians will stand and make speeches. But we, as a nation, must move in ...

HB 6 is nothing but bailout bill

DEAR EDITOR: Confusion exists on Substitute House Bill 6, so-called “Clean Air Program” that bails out FirstEnergy Solutions and eliminates Ohio’s truly “clean air” programs of Renewable Portfolio Standards and Energy Efficiency Standards. The problem stems from $2.4 million spent by ...

Councilman’s salary proposal ridiculous

DEAR EDITOR: How can anyone ever take Warren Councilman Ken MacPherson seriously again after his ridiculous proposal to change the city’s safety service director’s pay scale? And what a tremendous insult to Mayor Doug Franklin. Is MacPherson suggesting that the mayor isn’t ...

Newspaper should publish full report

DEAR EDITOR: The Tribune Chronicle needs to inform its readership of the news of the day, especially when the nation is on the brink of a constitutional crisis and the potential impeachment of a president. The attorney general received the Mueller Report and misled the American people as to ...

Sex, single parents are the new normal

DEAR EDITOR: Too many influences. It’s always about jobs rather than family. The man is the protector and provider; the woman is the homemaker, bottom line. But government and community services have put men on the streets. Sexual revolution, sex and single parents are the new normal. ...

Australian liberals in frustrated disbelief

DEAR EDITOR: Disbelief struck again when the conservatives scored a victory in Australia. The liberal national media opined for weeks for a liberal win. The liberals fear for their children and grandchildren with the global leaning towards the right. Why fret? According to the Democratic ...

Republicans oppose helping the needy

DEAR EDITOR: Donald Trump hates you, but don’t take it personally. He hates me too — and all of us who use publicly provided services, such as schools, parks, health care, collective bargaining, libraries and environmental protections. From his billionaire perspective, everything ...

Preserve trees for public enjoyment

DEAR EDITOR: As some of you may know, I and local environmentalists have been on a quest to save 42 acres of primeval trees located beside the Newton Falls School District from being cut down for a mere pittance. A hastily thought-out plan that was brought to attention by a worker who was ...

Eagle-eye camera can cost you $100

DEAR EDITOR: I’m thinking that happy times on the highway have run their course. “Car 54, where are you?” That’s what today’s driver contemplates while driving through town. You better not let your mind wander because two weeks later, you might get mail from the police ...

Composting and pine boxes preferable

DEAR EDITOR: Your May 16 editorial titled “Composting humans is going too far” made me think of my grandmother. She used to tell us to bury her in a pine box, but give her flowers while she was alive. We wanted her to have the best, and so a typical funeral with the embalming fluid and ...