Opinion

Budget solution needed now

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I was a member of the Trumbull County Budget Review Committee, “charged with developing a process that would enable the county to formulate a strategic budgetary plan looking forward three, five and 10 years including both revenues and expenditures.” Our committee completed ...

Use temporary budget fix to find ways to cut costs

Editorials

Worries about how Trumbull County commissioners will make up a looming $2 million annual loss in the Trumbull County budget are being put on hold — at least for this year and next. Since 2009, the county has relied on about $2 million a year generated by a Medicaid Managed Care organization ...

Onset of fall brings thoughts of Thanksgiving

Brenda J. Linert

The focus of the very first presidential proclamation ever issued in this nation was about giving thanks. It was President George Washington, in fact, who first proclaimed our national day of thanks. Now, we all know we don’t need a proclamation penned some 228 years ago to tell us we ...

Keep public funds in public schools

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Parents rightfully lament costs of classroom supplies, educational fees and extracurricular charges. But does the public understand that local and state tax dollars designated for our public schools are siphoned off to support charter schools? And if the secretary of education ...

Prosecute mothers of drug-addicted infants

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: As a future health care provider, I feel that a huge issue in our area is babies born addicted to drugs, also referred to as NAS, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, babies . According to the CDC, Ohio is ranked in the top five states with the highest number of drug overdoses. As a ...

Every drug call deserves to be heard

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Last Sunday’s paper yet again solidified that there is an opiate crisis in the Valley. Articles ranged from topics of statistics, solutions to jailhouse overdoses. Staying on trend was a letter to the editor from a nursing student expressing her view of the growing cost a ...

NFL is not a platform for social issues

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I’m somewhat confused as to why several NFL players are still protesting against the American establishment (flag). I have spoken to many people and we can’t agree why the protest is ongoing. Reasons varied from police brutality, racial inequality, lack of jobs and the ...

Sharing an update on Warren fiscal status

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Warren’s administration and city council have remained diligent in not allowing its expenses to exceed its revenue with year-to-date collections exceeding expense by $724,566. While the first half of 2017 saw a monthly average of $2.15 million in revenue, the third quarter ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To the Food for the Brain Campaign for its plan to continue providing free new books to needy local kids, and to the Warren Kiwanis Club for donating $1,000 to this wonderful program. ORCHID: To the league of women voters and all the other local organizations that host candidate ...

Officeholders must possess diplomacy skills

Editorials

Despite its quaint small-town character and neighborly residents, political fission has remained prevalent in Newton Falls for decades. The village’s former Mayor Patrick Layshock, who now is running for village council as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 7 election, announced this week he ...

Make A Difference Day approaches

Editorials

In just about two weeks, volunteers from all over Trumbull County will head out — clippers in their canvas-gloved hands and armed with shovels, trash bags and paint brushes — for the 15th annual Trumbull County Make A Difference Day. This year’s day of doing good deeds for our community ...

Intelligence must not fall victim to bureaucracy

Editorials

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. On Wednesday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent ...

Bill helps locals to gain benefits from federal land

Editorials

One reason many Americans are upset with how federal lands are administered in Washington is that when there is money to be made from them, little or none of it goes to local communities. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is aimed at changing that. Johnson has introduced ...

Colleges must treat assaults more seriously

Editorials

For many years, standard practice on many college and university campuses was to minimize, even cover up actively, reports of crime affecting students. That is changing, in some measure because of federal law insisting on honest campus crime reporting. With that in mind, reports of crime at ...

More options will trim health insurance costs

Editorials

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order this week providing at least some relief from skyrocketing health insurance premiums that resulted from the Affordable Care Act. While the ACA — Obamacare — granted millions of Americans either free insurance through Medicaid or ...

Student loan defaults must be reassessed

Editorials

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

Extend CHIP, but only with a ‘clean’ bill

Editorials

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Recognition due Warren City Schools

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Education released the state report card measuring the success and challenges of each school district across the State of Ohio. The report card for the Warren City Schools reflects the success of our students and staff in the areas that ...

Public deserves quick answers about jail OD’s

Editorials

It was only weeks ago when Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe showcased his department’s new $118,000 taxpayer-funded technology that was supposed to keep drugs and other controlled substances out of Trumbull County Jail, but so far, the success rate has been dismal. Since use of the ...