Opinion

Say ‘no’ to GOP’s new health care proposal

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Hurry to tell your legislators to vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy version of the latest “Trumpcare” bill. Republicans are rushing to pass this newest debacle of a health care bill by Sept. 30. Before then, the Senate, which votes before the House, can pass it as a reconciliation ...

Mockery provides motivation

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Anyone with a shred of common sense knows that the worst thing you can do to another person you have a disagreement with is to mock them as President Donald Trump did to Kim Jong Un. Kim is known as a very volatile man. He seems to be itching for an excuse to put his finger on ...

Help make America great again

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The Sept. 20 Tribune Chronicle opinion page was spot on in all accounts. From the editorial explaining our need to defend our Constitution from being watered down or eliminated, to Walt Williams’ explanation of how our welfare system has hurt blacks more than slavery or ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Trumbull Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay for his proactive approach to the ongoing opioid epidemic. After a state alert of numerous drug overdoses in Trumbull County this week, McKay ordered drug tests on five defendants before their scheduled hearings on drug-related charges. ...

Enforce laws and generate public’s trust

Editorials

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Workers must adapt to needs that employers have nowadays

Editorials

Adults in the local labor market can find it challenging to find the right employment fit today. Most of us have grown up with a backdrop of rusted steel mills from an industry that long was considered to be the economic backbone of the Youngstown-Warren area. But even after the demise of ...

Celebrate, defend the Constitution as it was intended

Editorials

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. Each year on Sept. 17, we celebrate Constitution Day. It is both a time for us to marvel at what ...

Be cautious of discouraging use of village park for all

Editorials

We understand McDonald officials are working hard to keep the public safe and put a stop to bad behavior occurring in its village park, but we worry that punishing everyone for the crimes of few may not be the best solution. Council members have determined that basketball courts at Woodland ...

Don’t pass blame on campaign statements

Editorials

Her infamous “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” moment is the comment she regrets most from her failed campaign for president, Hillary Clinton writes in her new book, “What Happened.” But as usual with Clinton, she refuses to admit it was ...

Medicaid students among state’s highest

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: They have books, pencils and a backpack. But will Ohio’s public school students continue to have health care? Maybe or maybe not. It depends on what Congress and the president decide to do about Medicaid. About 40 percent of Ohio children receive health coverage from ...

Public debate is crucial to democratic process

Editorials

After tensions rose among Trumbull County commissioners and other members of the Trumbull County planning commission during a public meeting last week, the group ended their open meeting and headed into a closed-door executive session. Why they believed it would be appropriate or legal to ...

Rain adds death and suffering to India

Brenda J. Linert

In recent weeks, I studied with interest stories and photos moving on The Associated Press wire depicting destruction on the other side of the world. Certainly Mother Nature brought about an equal amount of despair to the United States and poor Caribbean islands in the last few weeks. But ...

We have a right to Medicare for all

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The Republican pledge to abolish the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare,” remains an unrealized campaign objective with no place in the build-and-patch democratic process. The Republican replacement package, Mitch McConnell’s Better Care Act, or “Trumpcare,” reduces the ...

Union officers fought Indians

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: This letter is to comment on the controversy of the Confederate statues. If we are to take down the statues of the Confederate generals because they fought for slavery, then maybe we ought to take down the statues of some of the Union officers also. After the Civil War many of ...

States are trying to limit Constitution

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: There are at least 19 states that have introduced measures to halt the right to protest since Donald Trump took office. So what this means is that when protests are powerful, the powerful punish protesters. I’ve always thought that most Republicans either have not read the ...

Trump has chosen racism by actions

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: There is no way that Donald Trump can be fit to be president when he compares, in his primitive thinking process, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Washington and Jefferson were slave owners; however, that is not why they are honored with ...

ACT, SAT not good gauges for success

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: ACT / SAT are not what they seem to be. Many high school students are quite familiar with standardized testing. For the sake of argument, we will focus on college entrance exams, the ACT and the SAT. These tests are supposed to give colleges an idea of how high school students ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To local donors and volunteers who continue to give time, supplies and funds to aid the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The ongoing response from the Mahoning Valley is testament that in times of need, we don’t hesitate to work together as Americans. • ORCHID: To Liberty ...

Jail scanners well worth the high price

Editorials

There is a huge drug problem in the Mahoning Valley and Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe wants to make sure it stays outside the walls of the Trumbull County Jail. A $118,000 body scanner is en route to the county jail on High Street in downtown Warren to help guard against inmates ...