Opinion

Liberty retire / rehire just makes sense

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Information contained in your “onion” to Liberty Trustees Stan Nudell and myself, while accurate, do not tell the whole story of the circumstances surrounding the retire / rehire of Administrator Pat Ungaro. This action has been under serious discussion for months and deserves ...

Sad state of affairs exists at VA

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: If President Donald Trump is as good a business man as he claims to be and has the expertise to change Washington, D.C., into a business model of efficiency, profitability and customer confidence, the first agency he needs to look at and change is the Veterans ...

We are all workers now in the U.S.

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: A recent letter said 24 million people will lose health care under “TrumpCare.” Only 11 million signed up for ObamaCare in the first place, making the 24 million claim patently false. ObamaCare’s cost to me was $60,000, as it marched toward its intended goal: FAILURE! ...

Are we missing a story about security?

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Why would a president-elect want a secure link to another country? Sounds a bit shady to me. But then again, the president-elect knows about the NSA data collection, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrants and the unmasking of U.S. citizens. But these two ...

Understand why you should buy locally

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Buy locally — we have all read this in our newspaper time and time again. There are some local governments — city, county, townships — which are not buying locally. Why? Why are they not driven to buy General Motors vehicles? It’s probably because they get cheaper ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Youngstown State University, which is now only the second university in the nation to achieve the technology milestone of having commercial equipment representing all seven methods of 3-D printing. • ONION: To hackers who stole the IP address for the phone number connected to ...

Champion ball players winners, no matter what

Editorials

There’s a reason we call this small Trumbull County township “Champion.” This weekend, both the boys baseball and girls softball teams from Champion High School will take the waning steps to what hopefully results in state titles for each. Saturday, the boys baseball team will ...

Use full force of the law in fight against opioid sales

Editorials

When people die from opioid overdoses, it is often classified as an “accident.” But why not call it what it is, a “homicide” at the hands of the traffickers? Overdose locations where a victim has died always should be considered a crime scene and it should be investigated as such. ...

Keep eyes on road, emotions in check this summer driving season

Editorials

With the onset of summer comes increased traffic, more travel and, of course, the dreaded orange barrels. Warm weather often means an increased number of motorists, stop-and-go traffic and, unfortunately, sometimes fender benders or more serious crashes. We urge motorists to leave extra ...

Be careful in assessing what probe is appropriate

Editorials

It is a measure of how topsy-turvy politics has become that a technique some believe averted nuclear war in 1962 now is being condemned. That is, in a word, crazy. The newest controversy involving President Donald Trump revolves around his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Critics say that before ...

Congratulations Class of 2017, make us proud

Editorials

Today’s world is scary, no doubt. It’s much more dangerous than the years when many of us donned a cap and gown to walk across the stage as part of our high school commencement ceremony. But the young adults of today must remain undaunted and courageous to face the challenges the world ...

Tucker created little more than memories

Community Columnists

It was dawn on Labor Day 1947, my last day of freedom before beginning classes in the seventh grade at East Junior High. Dad and I climbed into our 1947 Chevy and drove to Rocky Santo’s place to pick him up for the ride to Cleveland. (Some of you, dear readers, will recognize Rocky as my hero ...

U.S. budget must address only needs

Editorials

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from both our states ...

Remember meaning of Memorial Day

Editorials

Today is Memorial Day, a day that we Americans have branded as the official start of summer. Of course, it really is so much more than that. The day was first dubbed “Decoration Day,” on May 30, 1868, created to honor the dead of the Civil War, and a speech was made by Gen. James ...

North Korean arms buildup must cease

Editorials

North Korean officials have done the predictable. They are insisting that before there can be any talk of reining in their nuclear weapons and missile development programs, the regime must be granted new concessions by the United States and other countries. Specifically, Pyongyang wants a ...

With Narcan, when is enough?

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Many have an opinion about whether Narcan serves a useful purpose in society. It’s a life-saving medication that revives opioid abusers after overdoses. Some think the addicted made a choice. It’s their own fault, they say, don’t administer Narcan because they made the ...

Lack of open discussion only raises suspicions

Editorials

Warren City Council’s skirting of Ohio sunshine laws by hosting individual secret meetings to discuss bringing a medical marijuana operation into the city and then passing legislation unanimously in one reading was part of a clear plan to shut out taxpayers on this controversial ...

Niles impound lot is overreach by city

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: When I read in the newspaper that the city of Niles had opened its own impound lot, I knew immediately what was going on. It has always been inconvenient and costly to get a car impounded, but what the city of Niles and private tow companies are doing to tax-paying citizens is ...

Relay, festivals not bad for downtown

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Local businesses can’t be so hurt that they can’t offer one single weekend out of the year for Relay For Life. Relay For Life raises money for cancer research. Survivors are so happy and grateful to participate, and anyone with a heart for others can certainly live ...

Why Trumpcare is a disaster

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Now we know Trumpcare was a disaster because it would have cost some 24 million people their health care, and it would make coverage so expensive for old, low-income people that they would be dropped from the market. Paul Ryan’s bill would cut taxes for rich people ...