Letters to the Editor

Build the wall

DEAR EDITOR: Someone has to write this letter. Let it be me. As a society we have become soft in our justice system. Used to be for rape, kidnapping or murder, you were executed by hanging, electrocution or a single bullet. In today’s society, you plea bargain; the judges are under ...

Liberal blame game

DEAR EDITOR: PBS has suspended two loyal anti-Trumpers, Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley, for misconduct and troubling allegations. The dynamic duo spent hours bashing Trump’s morality regarding the Billy Bush tape and his billionaire Cabinet. Yet, Tavis Smiley had one of the wealthiest ...

Time was right for tax reform

DEAR EDITOR: The last time Congress comprehensively reformed our tax code, Pete Rose still played for the Cincinnati Reds. That reform led to a thriving economy in the 1980s and 1990s, but, decades later, it was time to do it again. The corporate tax rate is the highest in the ...

Lawn service for seniors serves well

GOOD NEIGHBOR LETTER DEAR EDITOR: I would like to thank the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office for providing a lawn mowing service for senior citizens by using county inmates. The service has been provided for the past few years and they have always been there when called upon. Officer Yale ...

New gatekeeper will only add a gate

DEAR EDITOR: Trumbull County commissioners should seriously consider the observation of Trumbull County’s director of human resources, Richard Jackson. Near the end of the August 2017 meeting between the county commissioners and the Citizen Budget Review Committee, Mr. Jackson suggested one ...

Time to take action on AFG, SAFER

DEAR EDITOR: In early August, the U.S. Senate passed S. 829 by unanimous consent, reauthorizing the Assistance to Firefighters Grant, or AFG; and the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response, or SAFER grant programs. These programs typically receive broad bipartisan support, but ...

Comment trivialized brother’s death

DEAR EDITOR: On Nov. 18, you published a letter from Pastor Rod Winyard about prisoner Joe Dudley. While I found the whole letter disgusting, because I am the sister of the victim of his crime, what was extremely upsetting to me was the editor’s note. That note stated that my brother was ...

Time is short, need is great at the holidays

DEAR EDITOR: As the winter season jumps into high gear, the thousands of people in our Trumbull County community are filled with holiday cheer, while thousands more are reaching out to The Salvation Army for food, clothing and other basic needs. To provide these services every year, we rely ...

What is the point of the death tax?

DEAR EDITOR: The new tax bill in Congress makes modifications to the death tax, federal estate tax. One of those bills eliminates it completely. The current tax doesn’t kick in until the deceased’s assets are more than $11 million. Aren’t these the same people who pay 40 percent ...

Who loses the most?

DEAR EDITOR: “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face,” is an expression to describe a needlessly self-destructive overreaction to a problem. It is a warning against pursuing revenge in a way that would damage oneself more than the object of one’s anger. I feel what is going on ...

Are you ready to meet Jesus?

Letter of Faith DEAR EDITOR: I grew up during the Great Depression in Kentucky where my father read the Holy Bible every night and believed Jesus was our only hope of eternal life. The gospel was preached in church and people’s lives were changed. Today I hear people say they believe they ...

Sober houses violate residential areas

DEAR EDITOR: Sober houses are nothing more than commercial enterprises, and owners are violating zoning regulations by putting commercial enterprises in residential areas. They all should be removed and allowed to be placed only in commercial areas. GEORGE R. HOLKO SR. Warren

President’s tax cuts won’t help America

DEAR EDITOR: Whatever happened to the rantings and ravings of the Tea Party on how we can’t keep spending and we have to bring down the deficit? It seems like they don’t care if the Donald Trump administration spends and then spends some more. They made a big deal of it when Barack Obama ...

America could have made better choice

DEAR EDITOR: The media recently reported that President Donald Trump told the Chinese, “I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefits of its citizens?” What did he say? I asked myself. I felt that statement ...

Support, praise road repair crews

DEAR EDITOR: This summer most motorists on local roads and highways were left waiting in restricted or closed lanes due to repair, repaving etc. Yes, it seems like a big inconvenience, but let’s take opportunity to thank all those workers and everyone involved in the process it takes to ...

People are being price gouged

DEAR EDITOR: We, as consumers, should start looking closer at the products we buy. We pay more for less. Look at cereal; boxes are bigger, but there is less contents. Crackers are smaller and include a shorter count. Compare cookies to a year ago — again less. Dollar stores used to be ...

Tax reform plan makes no sense

DEAR EDITOR: I cannot understand why the telephones of Ohio’s U.S. senators and members of Congress are not ringing off the hook. This package they are selling as tax reform makes absolutely no sense to anyone not making at least $80,000 a year. When I did the math, this tax cut for ...

People take sides in divided America

DEAR EDITOR: Remember the woman fired for flipping off Donald Trump’s motorcade? She has been deluged with job offers from liberals, and donations have generated $117,000 for her, and counting. This seems small, but it’s indicative of our society. There was a time when doing something ...

Businesses hire only when needed

DEAR EDITOR: Like so many of Donald Trump’s initiatives, his plan for a new tax overhaul is based on the flawed idea that the more money big business has, the more money it will spend on job creation. People should understand that companies do not hire based on how much money they have. ...

National heroin epidemic’s effects

DEAR EDITOR: According to a national news report, the heroin crisis kills 23 Ohioans each week. Though it strikes all ethnicities, it affects whites disproportionately. Paul Starr, sociologist and professor at Princeton University said, “Contrary to what many Americans believe, drug ...