Opinion

Drug offenders need more than slap on wrist

Editorials

Last week President Barack Obama wielded his infamous pen to commute the sentences of 111 federal prisoners convicted of drug offenses. That brings to 673 the total sentences he has cut short - more than the previous 10 presidents combined.Obama insists he is freeing only nonviolent drug ...

Work together to stop slaughter of the elephants

Editorials

Elephants seem to be doing well in some African countries, but they are being slaughtered by poachers at an alarming rate in others.The total population of African elephants is declining at a rate of 8 percent a year, according to a recent study. At that rate, they will become an endangered ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Support Johnson for commissionerDEAR EDITOR:The Rev. Todd Johnson, senior pastor, Second Baptist Church in Warren, is running as a write-in candidate for Trumbull County commissioner. If you want someone who will be fair, just and equitable, then you will write in the name of Todd Johnson ...

Minimum wage debate faces uphill legal battle

Editorials

A proposal that would have allowed voters to cast ballots on the issue of increasing the minimum wage in Youngstown has fallen short of the necessary number of valid signatures in order to get on the Nov. 8 ballot.That's good news for many Youngstown businesses who faced a significant increase ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11, AMVETS Post 106 in Niles and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1115 for planning and sponsoring name changes for three Trumbull County bridges in honor of veterans. The bridge on Old Route 82 in Howland will be renamed the Vietnam War ...

Federal coordination not adequate in drug fight

Editorials

Better collaboration among states is needed to cope with the scourge of substance abuse, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor believes. To that end, she helped organize a regional summit meeting on the issue earlier this month.Representatives from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, ...

More precautions needed in domestic violence cases

Editorials

Tierne Ewing told her father she feared her husband, Kevin, would kill her. He had beaten her severely many times, her father told a reporter.On Tuesday night, police found her body inside a barn in Washington County, Pa. It appeared she had been shot to death. Near her was her husband, who had ...

Anti-coal campaign continues

Editorials

When Barack Obama became president, more than half the electricity generated in the United States came from coal-fired power plants. Coal was the most economical means of providing electricity.Now, electricity from gas costs about the same as that from coal. Only about 40 percent of the ...

EpiPen cost represents systemic problems

Editorials

Mylan Pharmaceuticals deserves every bit of the bad press it is getting for taking advantage of the nation's health care system to reap enormous profits by overpricing a life-saving device.EpiPens, the devices used by many with life-threatening allergies, cost consumers $93.88 for a pack of two ...

Treat Brazil as it has treated us

Editorials

The vandalism allegedly committed by U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte at a Rio DeJaneiro gas station, followed by his confrontation with security guards and then his lies about the incident certainly is an embarrassment to America and its athletes.During the games, Lochte initially said he and ...

More emails lead to more questions

Editorials

An investigation revealing that donors to Hillary Clinton's family foundation appeared to have been given an inside track to personal contact with her while she was secretary of state is being dismissed by the presidential candidate.Investigative reporters with The Associated Press found that ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Group examines need for income taxDEAR EDITOR:I am known as a community activist and for my love of downtown Warren. I have worked on Warren Streetscape, Greater Warren Opportunity Network and Dennis Blank's mayoral campaign.After the Tribune published a letter in which I questioned Warren's ...

Revenue guarantee proved tough to swallow

Editorials

It's not too late for Cortland City Council to pull the plug on an ordinance that would authorize allocating $5,500 to help fund daily Chicago flights at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.The measure, which passed its first of three readings July 18, would contribute taxpayer money to YNG ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To the Chevy All-Stars and Wollam Chevrolet in Cortland for being good neighbors by donating $4,100 to the Cortland Community Foundation and Splash Pad Committee to construct a pavilion near the popular new children's splash pad at Cortland's Pearl Park.ORCHID: To members of the ...

Problems still plague Obamacare

Editorials

A few years ago, the Heritage Foundation published an analysis of the top 10 Obamacare promises broken - or soon to be broken. Among them were the now famous, "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan," and "If you like your doctor, you will be able to ...

Why a single-payer health care system is inevitable in the U.S.

Editorials

The best argument for a single-payer health care plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.Aetna's decision follows similar moves by UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, and by ...

Gather at Libertarian town hall

Editorials

Vote for Donald Trump? No! Hillary Clinton? No!They are not trustworthy. They push bad ideas.Fortunately, we have another choice: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate, William Weld. But most Americans don't even know they exist.It would be good if the two ex-governors were ...

Get ready for football, all fall sports

Editorials

It's hard to believe summer is winding down and students already are heading back to school.Along with that, tonight brings the beginning of this season's local high school football with a 7 p.m. kickoff in Niles against the Girard Indians. You'll be able to read all about it in Friday's ...

Would everyone receive same treatment?

Editorials

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly, sometimes under oath, that her lawyers and technicians turned over all the emails she stored illegally on a personal server while she was secretary of state.In response to one court order, she swore she had ordered that all the emails ...

Rio games should not be tarnished

Editorials

Americans had every reason to puff out our chests in pride at how our athletes performed during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the same time, we are being forced by a few of them to hang our heads in shame.Four U.S. swimmers, including 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, spent a ...