Opinion

City of Warren is not a charity

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Given the roller coaster ride that has been Warren City Council’s and the city administration’s dealings with the Community Development Block Grant money, handing over around $100,000 to non-profits, will they be smart enough to not promise any money to groups in 2018? CDBG ...

Due process loses a step with traffic camera ruling

Editorials

We are disappointed by Wednesday’s Ohio Supreme Court ruling that effectively lifts important restrictions on local police departments’ use of traffic speed cameras. The ruling, which came in a 5-2 vote following a constitutional challenge by the city of Dayton, determined the three ...

Pilot’s death raised questions about story

Brenda J. Linert

Sometimes in this business, you come across a story that you just know belongs on A1. And if it’s really good, we know it should be a feature package on the front cover of Sunday’s edition. This is a sad story about doubts I had about the placement of a recent feature article, and how ...

Bad ideas from Niles officials

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The people of Niles are getting exactly what they keep voting into office. You have a mayor who can’t even feel the knife in his back. He keeps listening to the councilman-at-large who chaired the finance committee for about 20 years. If he had done his job, Niles may not be ...

Organizing to beat injection wells

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: It’s unconscionable and unreasonable for the state to expect oil and gas industry class II injection wells could co-exist in urbanized, populated locations. Collateral consequences are earthquakes, lightning strike fires, spills, home devaluers, well-water contamination and ...

Equal justice for equal crimes

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Justice? Are you kidding me? There are two high-profile murder cases in Trumbull County involving teenagers, one got a slap on the wrist and a year in jail, the other they want to try as an adult and throw under a bus. Bresha Meadows killed her father while he slept, she should ...

Let’s make steel great again

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Of course we are proud and excited that President Trump made a return visit to the Valley, and we gave him a great Valley welcome. Before winning the White House, Donald Trump crossed Ohio with a clear message that resonated with voters in the Buckeye State and the nation. ...

Update from Warren’s auditor

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: This is a 2017 mid-year Warren finance department update. The City of Warren started 2017 in a stronger operating position than anticipated one year ago. While the first quarter saw a lackluster beginning to the year, strong revenue in the second quarter has kept the city’s ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To the YWCA of Warren for offering youth summer camps that will, among other things, exhibit different career opportunities. What a great way to drive high aspirations and inspire success. ONION: To Niles Service Director Edward Stredney and other city officials who failed to take ...

Americans cannot ignore suffering in Venezuela

Editorials

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

Openness, not secrecy, aid in public’s help solving crimes

Editorials

A plan hatched about two years ago by drug investigators to keep quiet a Mexican marijuana smuggling operation involving automobiles built in that country and imported to Trumbull County was apparently supposed to give officers time to solve the crime. Now, two years later, more than $1 ...

Proceed with caution on new asset forfeiture plan

Editorials

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Ryan and Dems must not forget constituents picked Trump

Editorials

Today we welcome the president of these United States to our Mahoning Valley. President Donald Trump will speak this evening inside a crowded Covelli Centre, a rare event and an honor, to be sure, for our community to host any sitting president. Today’s visit offers Trumbull and Mahoning ...

No visit for Asian relatives

Community Columnists

As some of you dear readers know, I’ve begun my ninth decade as a native of good old Warren with little interruption. (I’m 81.) When I was of working age, good employment was available to me here, and I spent much of my career at Packard Electric. My two sons grew up here, and after their ...

Everyone must recognize Sen. McCain as a true hero

Editorials

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Tighten rental home regulations

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Front porch sitting; the image conjures a Norman Rockwell painting when neighbors knew each other and respected the sanctity of the neighborhood. Unfortunately for many Warren residents, the scenario lamented by Mr. Frederick H. Taddei in his July 16 letter is all too ...

Debate, address concerns over power plant, then move on

Editorials

Concerns raised via legal motions filed by the operator of a business located a stone’s throw from the twin power plants being constructed in Lordstown could have a drastic and lasting effect on the project that is the biggest to come to Trumbull County and the Mahoning Valley in ...

Be sensible when you hit the seven seas

Brenda J. Linert

Syndicated columnist Diane Dimond last week wrote her entire column about crime on the seven seas. Dimond, whose typical columns, published on Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle opinion page, deal with crime and punishment — often sexual assaults — last week was talking about crime on cruise ...

Enough taxes are enough in Niles

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I have a question about the Niles Board of Education wanting to place a levy on the November ballot. How much money are the citizens of Niles supposed to give up in taxes? The school board decided we needed all new schools and a new football field to the tune of several thousand ...

Niles leadership still to blame

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The city of Niles’ futile attempt to recover from its financial problems has been well publicized. When one looks at the management leadership, it is clear why this recovery is not happening. The current mayor “flip flops” on decisions without any knowledge of either side ...