Opinion

Government pay raises are shameful

Editorials

Think about how many times in just the last year the Tribune Chronicle has reported on government officials arguing about budget shortfalls, wringing their hands over the loss of local government funds and insisting the only possible way to make ends meet is to ask taxpayers to foot the bill ...

America’s Great Society requires great health

Community Columnists

Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy identified mental illness as one of America’s “most critical health problems.” The result was the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, one of the final pieces of legislation he signed before his death that year. We have made much progress ...

Act like grownups and solve impasse now

Brenda J. Linert

Frustrated parents called the Tribune Chronicle newsroom last week questioning why some local schools didn’t implement rehearsed tornado protocol when a twister touched down in Bazetta and Cortland on Tuesday. Others told my news reporters they saw the tornado barreling through parts of ...

Stop the blame for government shutdown

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I am insulted daily by the statements made by the elected members of the U. S. Congress and I fervently hope every other American is insulted as well. The members of Congress must believe “we the people” are a bunch of uneducated fools. “We the people” know the ...

How we should treat least of our brethren

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: History is replete with polities building walls to keep out perceived “riff raff” — Hadrian’s Wall, the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall (to keep in), Maginot Line, Palestinian Wall. Each one was easily climbed over, dug under or circumvented. Why not invest in the ...

Politicians don’t bring in jobs

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: They all wanted it at one time — Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and even Governor Jerry Brown. I’m talking about the wall on the southern U.S. border to keep illegals out and drugs from coming in. How many American citizens must die? ...

Honor school boards during January

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Boards of education are mature and tested institutions in Ohio. School board members make policy, approve contracts with employees, choose curriculum, adopt budgets and select a treasurer and superintendent to administer the district. They do all these tasks with the emphasis on ...

City of Warren should lend a hand

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: So I was late. Dec. 28 was the second garbage collection day on which Warren city had left behind my five leaf bags at the curb. I know leaf pickup season is over, yet what’s the big deal here? So, we older folks don’t always get our lawn chores done as promptly as we’d ...

Socialist versus capitalist economies

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: If you watch television or read the newspaper on a regular basis, you are witnessing a struggle for the soul of America. This political battle is between those who believe ownership and production of goods and services should be distributed by the state or central government and ...

Orchids and Onions – Jan. 12, 2019

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Warren Councilwoman Helen Rucker for calling for use of body cameras on Warren police officers. Rucker this week said the reason is twofold: to protect the city’s police from unsubstantiated allegations and also give citizens a sense of confidence. Her argument is sound and ...

Homeownership is an amazing privilege

Community Columnists

Happy New Year to everyone. It seems like a short 40 years ago I obtained my real estate license. I have to say how blessed I have been and what a wonderful career choice it was. All of us who live in this Valley have seen the good, the ups and the downs that have occurred here. We comprise ...

Sound off!

Editorials

• Regarding Saturday’s headlines, “Five kids killed heading to Disney in crash,” and “Jailed American collected Russian contracts” (1) This is senseless, horrific loss of life and answers are needed immediately! (2) Why can’t we talk to one another even in our own country ...

Implement new school reform rules

Editorials

Once again, Ohio legislators have failed to make up that incomplete grade in School Reform. Sooner or later, Buckeye State residents are going to decide it ought to be changed to an F. In 2014, state leaders decided it was time to ensure diplomas granted to high school graduates reflect a ...

Use-of-force cases should be transparent

Editorials

The NAACP is right to demand transparency in the investigation of last week’s police-involved shooting in Niles, but calls for transparency should not begin and end with this incident. In fact, we’ve been demanding it for years, seeking public access to details of all incidents involving ...

Reinvent to slow the loss of population

Editorials

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state see unemployment considerably higher, or, like in Trumbull County, are anticipating massive job losses this ...

Infrastructure shortfall an urgent issue

Editorials

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...

GM loss will devastate area

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge Warren City Council members, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Sherrod Brown for their continued support and for backing the General Motors cause. Their advocacy has not gone unnoticed. We, the citizens of Trumbull ...

Police involved in shootings must be named

Editorials

So far, Niles police officials are declining requests to release names of officers on paid administrative leave following last week’s fatal shooting of a suspect in the parking lot of a Royal Mall apartment building. Sadly, it seems this is becoming the standard response when Trumbull ...

Area should stay the course on YARS, Camp Garfield

Community Columnists

During the past 12 to 18 months, much has happened concerning our local military assets. Both Camp Garfield (formerly Camp Ravenna) and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) have had, arguably, their best year in more than a decade. To that end, the community as a whole, our state ...

Lawmakers could limit Ohio ballot initiatives

Brenda J. Linert

An Ohio House Joint Resolution that would make it more difficult for citizen-driven changes to the state’s constitution to become law was introduced last month. It would cut the time frame for collecting signatures by four months; require 60 percent of the vote, rather than 50 percent of ...