Opinion

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To the quick thinkers at Liberty High School who put the school into immediate lockdown and called police after a man in camouflage parked his car in the school lot Tuesday morning and entered adjacent woods carrying backpacks. The scenario turned out to be a false alarm, but it’s ...

Bill demands excellence in educators

Editorials

An Ohio General Assembly proposal — House Bill 66 — is being labeled “an attack on faculty” by critics such as John McNay, president of the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a history professor at the University of Cincinnati, who hope to keep tenured ...

U.S. must look at other sources to stop N. Korea

Editorials

One could almost hear the “ho-hum” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn his most recent missile test. And by the way, the Security Council added, all countries should implement previous U.N. requests for sanctions against North ...

Put issue to rest and learn from failed plan

Editorials

The move Wednesday by the Western Reserve Port Authority to authorize filing a lawsuit against Aerodynamics Inc., the company that operated daily flights last summer from Vienna to Chicago, is long overdue. Still, it’s unfortunate that litigation became necessary in resolving the abrupt end ...

Foster families deserve praise for service

Editorials

Trumbull County Children Services Board this evening will host its annual Foster Caregiver Recognition Dinner in Niles. As it is so aptly named, the event recognizes foster families who open their hearts and homes to children who are overcoming obstacles many of us never will face. Among ...

Extending olive branch to N. Korea not solution

Editorials

President Donald Trump seems to be trying a carrot-and-stick approach to North Korea’s militancy. He has threatened harsh action against Kim Jong Un’s regime. But Trump has been wise enough to hold out an olive branch, too. He has broken with most of his predecessors in flattering Kim and ...

Trip to museum in the ’Burg

Community Columnists

I live on the west side of Warren. My little street leads west down to the Mahoning River. I could toss a stone across the river, and it would land in Leavittsburg. In fact, the first three digits of my phone number are the same as residents of Leavittsburg. Maybe that makes me a pseudo native ...

Bring on tampering probes

Editorials

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are ...

Drain Trumbull County’s swamp

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: At a time when Trumbull County flipped and voted for a crass Republican for president over a Democrat legend, you would think the local GOP could unify and become a competitive party for the first time in decades, but apparently not. Randy Law, who is or was the party chairman, ...

Motivation questioned for COG proposal

Editorials

The formation of a new Council of Governments would be a collaborative effort among Trumbull County and cities and townships that could make it easier to remove blight, apply for grants and share equipment, officials pushing for the move have said. But questions posed by Trumbull County ...

Fake news shared widely via social media

Brenda J. Linert

I’ve been writing a lot about fake news lately, and I see no signs of the growing concerns and accusations going away any time soon. While we in the mainstream media receive our share of fake news accusations, there is a significant difference between honest errors that unfortunately occur ...

Let’s keep our students in Mathews

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: On May 2 Mathews School levy failed again. Times have been tough for our area, but however tough, times aren’t a reason to say “no” to our children. Many of our children were saddened by the loss of the levy. They see the people of this community as not caring. Besides ...

Health problems not always preventable

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: “It will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to ...

Let’s work together for our nation

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: What a great country America was at its inception. We wanted to be free from the chains of colonial oppression, free to express ourselves without fear of reprisal, free to roam the great country we had claimed as our own and free to honor and worship the one, true God, our ...

Social Security increase is a pittance

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Where has Tim Ryan been? I haven’t seen him in the news showing all these people on Social Security what the $1 raise per month will do for us for food at the grocery store. Social Security took $31 of the $32 for part B. That’s where that $1 raise came from. You know where ...

Can North and South Korea reunify?

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Have you ever contemplated the reason why some countries in our modern era are divided into two geographical regions? Each region becomes different politically, socially and economically. Do you remember East and West Germany? If you were around in the 1960s, you should remember ...

Real reason for town hall coverage

Letters to the Editor

The evening news seems to enjoy showing Republicans being yelled at by protesters in town hall meetings. The news anchor always says, “Congressman Blah Blah’s constituents are protesting his vote on health care.” The people protesting “may” live in his district, but my guess, ...

Being a mother is an awesome task

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Being a mother is a blessing, an honor, a privilege. God plants the seed in a woman’s womb and that seed grows, and it ­becomes as a vibrant budding flower bursting into this world. A mother’s bond should be unbreakable. A mother always puts her needs below her child’s. ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

l ORCHID: To the Mineral Ridge Historical Society, which obtained two Ohio Historical Society markers telling the history of Salt Springs and the Western Reserve. They will be installed this summer. Knowledge of local history is a crucial part of our community’s future. • ORCHID: To the ...

Port, TBEIC partnership raises new questions

Editorials

Struggling to find clients for its downtown Warren office space, the incubator known as the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, or TBEIC, is now planning to fill some of its office space with the Western Reserve Port Authority’s economic development wing. The director of the port ...