Opinion

Warning from US surgeon is long overdue

Editorials

Last week the U.S. surgeon general did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Too many ...

Abuse coverups only worsen victims’ injuries

Editorials

Attempts to sweep under the rug a sexual abuse scandal involving some U.S. Olympic athletes and others at Michigan State University backfired badly, as they should have. Some officials in both programs have lost their jobs. Some are being investigated for crimes. The predator, Dr. Larry ...

Adopt audit’s suggestions now in Niles

Editorials

The Ohio auditor says there are ways to balance Niles School District’s budget that do not involve raising taxes. In fact, Ohio Auditor David Yost’s performance audit of the struggling school district that was released last week indicates that Niles City Schools could save nearly $3.4 ...

‘Future leaders’ from Girard team make future bright

Editorials

“Girard Robotics qualifies for worlds.” The Tribune Chronicle headline sounded surreal. But indeed it is not. In fact, it is so real that it has happened an amazing 11 times in the last 19 years for Girard’s Robotics team. This year, the RoboCats qualified to perform April 25-28 at ...

Use caution in response to Syrian attack

Editorials

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take. No one likes to see innocent little children suffering. Some U.S. response to the atrocity, in which about 40 people died, is necessary. Most nations have ...

Sufficient funds needed to battle opioid crisis

Editorials

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. Yet much more federal money ...

So far, Niles treasurer is on right path

Editorials

Once again, Niles has a permanent treasurer following the recent approval by members of the local Democratic Party of Stephen Telego, the mayor’s interim appointment. Already we are optimistic that this retired banker’s appointment is starting off on the right foot. That’s because ...

Remembering tragedies key part of history

Editorials

Officials in Los Alamos, N.M., have turned down an offer to host a traveling exhibit on a subject both disturbing and important. It was near Los Alamos that in 1945, a nuclear bomb was tested. That led to the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, that ended World War II. Use of ...

New jobs will slow decline in population

Editorials

Trumbull and Mahoning counties have experienced a combined population decline amounting to just shy of 19,000 residents during the last eight years. That includes a loss of almost 10,000 people from Trumbull County alone — nearly 5 percent of the population of 210,312 in 2010 to 200,380 in ...

Time is now to withdraw from Syria

Editorials

Syrian President Bashar Assad is secure in his position with the support of Russian military might. The Islamic State organization in Syria has been nearly wiped out. It is time to pull U.S. troops out of the country. There is no good reason for the 2,000 or so of them in Syria to remain ...

Why social media needs newspapers

Brenda J. Linert

I read an article last week that delved into the debate over whether newspapers should continue use of social media to share online news stories. I suspect the article came about after scrutiny developed when news broke last month that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President ...

Letters to the Editor – April 8, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Editorial painted inaccurate picture DEAR EDITOR: I am director of human resources for the Trumbull County Commissioners. I read The Tribune Chronicle with some frequency and I feel compelled to respond to an April 1 editorial titled “Administrator’s numerous hats bring problems.” ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To the McDonald Board of Education for passing motions last week that will improve safety and better fortify their schools. Included are plans to update security cameras and purchase Bolo sticks that block shut classroom doors during lockdown situations. The efforts will help keep ...

US aid often funds more corruption

Editorials

Middle Eastern nations clearly are ground zero for Islamic terrorism. But it is a plague in other regions, too. On Sunday, Boko Haram terrorists staged attacks in two villages in northeast Nigeria. At least 15 people were killed. More than 80 were wounded. It could have been worse. Nigerian ...

London’s crimes show gun control isn’t the solution

Editorials

London, England, is reminding Americans that gun control does not translate automatically to reducing violence. In London, where firearms limits are far stricter than in the United States, there were 37 homicides during February and March. In New York City, the number was 35. Thirty-one of ...

MLK words, beliefs still true today

Editorials

The brilliance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on, even in these 50 years since his murder on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. Likewise, the principles for which Dr. King stood — civility and nonviolence — also still ring true today. His daughter, the ...

Delayed release of Leo records was improper

Editorials

Undoubtedly, the death of Girard police officer Justin Leo was tragic, and as such, the news media extended Girard officials significant latitude in their slow response to many requests for public information dealing with and following his death. To be sure, however, the delayed response was ...

Rehabilitate ISIS terrorists? It’ll never work

Editorials

Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

Punishment for sex crimes must be swift, harsh

Editorials

Larry Nassar deserves all the punishment the courts can pile on him. The former sports doctor is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. Equally as despicable are those who knew something was amiss but failed to stop Nassar from sexually assaulting hundreds of college and Olympic ...

Take control of Ohio medical marijuana plan

Editorials

State officials put a substantial amount of time and energy into laying the groundwork for sale of medicinal marijuana in Ohio. It appears they did not weed out all the potential problems. Sales of marijuana to those eligible to buy it for medicinal use are to begin Sept. 8. But as matters ...