Opinion

Able Ohioans should help themselves

Editorials

Any suggestion that recipients of public assistance bear some responsibility for their own well being is resisted fiercely by many liberals. It is more important than ever, however, as the big-government crowd seeks to expand the number of people who rely on taxpayers. Now Ohio officials are ...

We must keep national parks affordable

Editorials

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing: Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Trump must be blunt in N. Korea talks

Editorials

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

KSU’s $1B plan will be new source of pride

Editorials

Kent State University trustees have approved a plan to spend more than $1 billion over the next 10 years on a makeover at the main campus just about 30 miles to the west. Last week’s vote is set to bring new construction, building renovations, a campus gateway and the creation of bike and ...

Big successes claimed by our local athletes

Editorials

Tribune Chronicle coverage of this weekend’s major sporting events made one thing very evident: Success in sports and ties to Trumbull County must go hand-in-hand. PGA golfer Jason Kokrak of Howland shot 3 under par Sunday in the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., this weekend, the ...

Legislation could help slow addiction

Editorials

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The two have ...

Take action in continued VA failures

Editorials

Veterans of military service ought to be asking the old cliche questions about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA ...

Flawed process should end now without hiring

Editorials

Now that the man who for months we have suspected would be offered the job of Trumbull County Administrator / Purchasing Director has, indeed, been offered and then declined the position, we wonder how the creation of this new position can get any more messed up. Let’s review. Mike ...

Letters to the editor – March 11, 2018

Letters to the Editor

County should tighten purse strings DEAR EDITOR: I have some concerns about the recent article regarding programs to make Trumbull County more efficient. Trumbull County commissioners are paying $18,000 for 13 employees to go to the Lean Ohio Boost Camp Program. I think it would be money well ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Warren City Schools, United Way of Trumbull County and Second Harvest Food Bank, which opened Raider Pantries at Jefferson PK-8 and Willard PK-8 schools, to provide students and families with food and personal items. Mercy Health St. Joseph Warren Hospital also promised to help ...

Steel, aluminum tariffs will put America first

Brenda J. Linert

People who know me personally probably have heard me gripe about ridiculous comments and tweets made by both President Trump and candidate Trump in the last couple years. I’m guessing Trump haters and Trump supporters have probably felt the same way at some point — depending on whatever ...

Bee winner shows hard work pays off

Editorials

It could be argued that this year’s Tribune Chronicle Spelling Bee champion Isabella Pinto is wise beyond her years. That’s not just because this eighth-grader from Bristol High School lasted 23 rounds involving nearly 200 words to win Monday’s 27th Annual Tribune Chronicle Spelling ...

COG must find efficiencies, not new taxes

Editorials

Is anyone surprised that the minute the new Trumbull County Council of Governments officially was formed last week, some members immediately started thinking of ways to increase taxes on residents? First up, they are predictably discussing asking commissioners to increase the countywide ...

Users beware of opioid addition to crack cocaine

Editorials

As if the opioid crisis isn’t already serious enough, now drug dealers are enterprising to draw even more users to these highly addictive drugs. They are doing this by adding opioid-based fentanyl to cocaine. Families, first responders and, yes, even users, need to be aware of this deadly ...

Attempt by Dems to cut tax on rich is hypocritical

Editorials

Contrary to what you have heard from the liberal tax-and-spend crowd, federal tax reform championed by President Donald Trump is not a big break for the rich. In fact, while tens of millions of Americans are beginning to see substantial tax cuts in their paychecks, many of the wealthy will pay ...

Marion Barry not worthy of statue in D.C.

Editorials

The movement to remove statues honoring flawed Americans — those who fought on the wrong side during the Civil War, for example — has gained strength. That should make it especially jarring that the city of Washington, D.C., has just erected an 8-foot bronze statue of Marion Barry, right ...

Commitment to community noteworthy

Editorials

After operating the Warren-based funeral home his family has owned for more than 120 years, Jim McFarland announced recently the time has come for his retirement. But rather than just hanging it up without concern for the future of the funeral home that for generations has served the community ...

Letters to the editor – March 4, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Parents answer to gun violence — not laws DEAR EDITOR: I do not understand why people are always talking about gun control. When I was growing up, my father, grandfathers and uncles all had guns in the house. I grew up knowing how to use those guns. I was also taught that if I touched ...

Niles policing for exorbitant profit is wrong

Editorials

It always has been inconvenient and costly to get your car impounded, but new moves by the city of Niles and private tow companies have increased the fees residents pay and made a business out of impounding cars. Niles collected nearly $220,000 since creation of its impound lot in April 2016. ...

It’s tax time; don’t fall prey to scammers

Brenda J. Linert

It’s the beginning of March and for the first time in decades, my husband and I are just now getting around to filing our income tax returns. We usually get this important annual task accomplished in early February, as soon as all our required documents arrive, but this year we got a bit ...