Opinion

Jury system antiquated

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: In a recent jury trial, Paul Manafort was found guilty on 8 of 18 charges. According to one of the serving jurists who appeared on MSNBC later, the jurors were well-versed on the charges but one juror held out. That dissenting juror was probably a Trump loyalist. In such a ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, or ASAP, for hosting last week’s 6th annual Rally for Recovery in an effort to raise awareness to the ongoing opioid drug crisis and also to instill confidence that recovery is very possible. More than 500 people attended the rally ...

Finding a Realtor and house take time

Community Columnists

As younger generations take their place in the economy, I watch as the “instant gratification” economy has created unrealistic expectations on the part of many buyers and sellers. Watching reality TV shows where the stars find, fix and sell a home in 30 minutes is anything but real. The ...

Hospital growth, competition adds to quality of life

Editorials

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of residents in Trumbull County has increased every year since at least 2010, when the median age was 42.8. In 2017, Trumbull County’s median age increased to 44.4. Of course, aging populations bring increased need for health care ...

Move TJX court case along rapidly

Editorials

The opponents of the jobs and economic growth planned for the seven parcels of land on 290 acres near the Ohio Turnpike and Ellsworth Bailey Road waited too long to question the legality of state legislation that paved the way for an accelerated referendum election on the matter. This group, ...

Caution critical in setting medical marijuana rules

Editorials

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They are still waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...

Commissioners right to leave position unfilled

Editorials

The Trumbull County commissioners made the right decision last week when they announced they would opt against replacing Trumbull County Administrator Rebecca Gerson. Gerson fled abruptly after just five months in her three-faceted job as Trumbull County administrator / purchasing director / ...

Wind farm restrictions are reasonable

Editorials

Wind farms to generate electricity are wonderful for the environment, Americans have been led to believe. The truth is more complicated. Tall towers on which enormous spinning blades are mounted can be massive killers of birds. Officials at the Ohio Power Siting Board want to minimize that ...

Government must recall who pays bills

Editorials

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

More money does not always solve problems

Editorials

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Commissioners failing to follow recommendations

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: It has been well over a year now since the Trumbull County Budget Review Committee submitted 18 cost-saving proposals to the Trumbull County commissioners. The first five of these proposals, related to collective bargaining issues, were forwarded well before the June 2017 final ...

Reward for interns comes in experience

Editorials

For decades and decades, congressional interns have worked primarily without pay, assisting their elected leaders and those staffers already on the burgeoning federal government payroll in Washington, D.C., offices. This week, U.S. Rep. Timothy Ryan, D-Howland, who is the ranking member of the ...

Dems trying to save country from fascism

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The Tribune’s choice of political cartoon printed Thursday depicting Sen. Charles Grassley with a crying child representing Democrats is something I must protest. This cartoon is incredibly short sighted. What is at stake if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme ...

It’s time to constrain Supreme Court

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The Supreme Court is the only nonpolitical entity in Washington. This a ridiculous statement and everyone knows it. Still Washington politicians want people to believe it. Yes, some may have thought for years, maybe hoped, it were true, but how stupid do they think people are ...

Capitalism sure beats socialist government

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Mueller’s investigation into the Trump-Russia collusion is a great tool used to divert, distract and mislead voters for the mid-term election and this sleight of hand will most likely continue. Anyone who thinks they are immune to this type of scrutiny is a person who is next ...

Workers deserve minimum wage hike

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: In Washington, D.C., voters approved a measure that would give workers who rely on tips the same minimum wage guaranteed to everyone else. In D.C. the minimum wage is $15 an hour. Eight states have a minimum wage, whether or not workers earn tips. But in the rest of the country, ...

Local and national chains aid community

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Although it is great to promote local cuisine, it’s not fair to say chains don’t do the same things for the community. They do a lot. They employ people, and though it is true revenue does go back to corporate headquarters, they also definitely support the community. As ...

Transparency needed for church’s next 75 years

Brenda J. Linert

Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas pointed out a few weeks ago in the Tribune Chronicle that sexual scandals and inappropriate behavior are as old as the Bible. True, but these days, it’s just the last 70 years on which all eyes are focused. That’s the time frame included in the scathing ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To members of First United Methodist Church of Niles who spent time recently collecting donations for the Wags 4 Warriors program. The money will be used to train a K-9 service dog for a local veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. • ORCHID: To local organizers ...

Conflicts of interest must be addressed

Editorials

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...