Opinion

Letters change nothing

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I wrote my first Letter to the Editor in 1984. It was in response to a story this newspaper printed about the new technology the local phone company was rolling out. It was a story written by the phone company and reprinted. There was no investigation of what the new technology ...

Trumbull County Fair observations

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: It was my first time to a fair in 17 years. Loved the exhibition with all the animals. Did not enjoy anything else because of all the people smoking and the congestion. They put all the big rides into one corner of the fairgrounds — ridiculous. While the fair was smaller in ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Trumbull County commissioners for voting to seek sealed proposals for the Trumbull County Jail medical program. Dr. Phillip Malvasi has held the contract since 2000, which has continually renewed monthly since 2012. In order to ensure the program is being run at an appropriate ...

Publicity stunt doesn’t help area Democrats

Editorials

We’re not exactly sure why Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras thinks it’s a “big get” to have lined up attorney Michael Avenatti as keynote speaker for the party’s upcoming annual fundraising dinner. Given that Avenatti is the attorney recently best known for ...

NATO members must commit fair share to defense

Editorials

No doubt President Donald Trump, visiting four countries in Europe this week, expected a frosty reception from some leaders. Those whose nations are members of NATO are upset with Trump for demanding they pay a fairer share of the alliance’s defense costs. Some already do bear reasonable ...

Don’t miss 2018 Trumbull County Fair

Editorials

It’s Trumbull County Fair week and (perhaps surprisingly) the weather is superb! What a great opportunity to show your support for some of this county’s brightest and hardest working youth who have raised and are showcasing their livestock and other projects. All through the year, ...

Volunteer right to point out mowing issue

Editorials

We can understand liability concerns that Niles officials raised over residents cutting grass on city-owned property. But what we don’t understand is why the city is raising that issue now — after three years — and even more important, why the grass isn’t being cut by the city workers ...

Rescues of baby and Thai team truly miracles

Editorials

Good news this week started in Thailand, where international rescuers pulled off the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave. But it doesn’t stop there. We had a miracle right here in the United States, too. A clearly disturbed man told Montana authorities ...

Realistic Ohio education reform needed

Editorials

Give Ohio Gov. John Kasich credit for not having a dog in the fight he waged over public education for several months. By the time House Bill 512 could have gone into effect, Kasich would have been out of office. But though his motives appeared pure, Kasich’s idea was a bad one. He wanted ...

City should not delay action on accused worker

Editorials

AFSCME Local 74, the union that represents many Warren city workers, is asking Warren Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa to delay making a decision on any disciplinary action of a city worker already convicted once of theft and now accused again, this time of taking for his personal use ...

Fire the regional Council of Governments

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: What’s wrong with this picture? A volunteer council of governments decides they need more money. Trumbull County Regional Council of Governments has decided that they need a sales tax increase to support themselves. Wasn’t this Council created to help save us money, not ...

Port payout an unwarranted parting gift

Editorials

We aren’t sure why government officials think it’s OK to give away public money, yet that’s exactly what the Western Reserve Port Authority did when it handed over $23,870 to the former director of aviation at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport — several months after his labor ...

Event gave heroes deserved recognition

Brenda J. Linert

Warren Carah told the crowd of nearly 100 people gathered last week at the Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center in Warren that he was hoping his story would enlighten and teach today’s youth about the amazing sacrifices made during World War II. While I know I’m not what he meant by ...

Illegal immigration means illegal

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Welcome to the world of politicians giving away American jobs. Salem politicians knew the plant in Salem had illegal immigrants and did nothing to force this plant to hire legal citizens. All they were concerned about was the tax money that they received. And let’s not ...

The president lies again

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I am among many Americans who demand a truthful accounting of facts from the White House regarding the immigrant children separated from their parents at our southern border. President Trump initially lied repeatedly about the justification for these separations in order to ...

Discipline, respect make our nation strong

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: As we celebrate the 242nd birthday of the country, let us reflect on how America came to be. Our forefathers looked at all types of governments before this one — monarchies, Hellenic, Roman — to come up with this democracy, with its checks and balances. Is it perfect? ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Jake Ouellette of Warren, the young man who jumped into action without a moment’s hesitation when he saw a young girl floating in the water at Willow Lake in Champion. He pulled her out, saw that she was purple and immediately started CPR. His quick action likely saved the ...

Remember pets in severe summer heat

Editorials

Animals can quickly succumb to heat stroke if left outdoors for long periods with no water or shelter in these, the hottest days of the year. Locally we reported on two separate incidents in just the past week in which two dogs were left in the heat and their owners charged. One of the ...

Bureaucracy shouldn’t stop help for kids

Editorials

When a child’s emotional and behavioral challenges become so great that there is genuine fear he may harm himself or someone else, the goal too often is removing him from his home. Institutionalization or a series of foster families await many such youngsters. That need not occur in every ...

Show pride and patriotism today, July 4

Editorials

If you are looking for a nice display of American flags for the Fourth of July, you may want to visit Chelmsford, Mass. LAER Realty Partners in that community has the banners, along with a good dose of good old-fashioned independence. A few weeks ago, LAER ran afoul of local government for ...