Opinion

Anonymity should be a rarity in news stories

Brenda J. Linert

CNN this week said it was safety concerns that led to its decision to withhold the identity of the man behind a doctored anti-CNN video shared last week by President Donald Trump. The video, originally posted by an unidentified man on Reddit, a social media web site, showed an old WWE ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To “Academy” founder, the Rev. Alton Merrell and other volunteers working with the new Warren program aimed at helping troubled youth make smarter decisions. As he puts it, kids shouldn’t be held accountable for what they haven’t been taught. ORCHID: To local Rotary clubs ...

Operational funding big issue with Falls center

Editorials

Struggling with a tight budget, triggered largely by constituents’ votes to reinstate the village’s income tax forgiveness, several members of council believe repair, upkeep and routine operating costs at the aging Village Community Center are out of their reach. The Newton Falls ...

Council right to stand strong on pay freeze promises

Editorials

Warren city council was right to vote no on a factfinder’s report that would have given about 48 city firefighters who are members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 204 $500 stipends this month and another next July. At first glance, such a bonus might sound minimal, but ...

Skyrocketing national debt threatens our independence

Editorials

On Tuesday, thoughtful Americans paused to reflect on and be grateful for our many liberties. To an enormous extent, we owe them to the nation’s founders, who followed up their courageous Declaration of Independence with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been reliable insurance for ...

Some sage advice from those in U.S. history

Editorials

“We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately,” Benjamin Franklin commented after the nation’s founders declared independence from Great Britain. As so often seems to be the case, the advice is as good now as it was more than two centuries ago. For all the ...

Double standard exists in idea for changes to constitution

Editorials

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking — or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how ...

Blight cleanup means more than just demolition

Editorials

Committees exploring the possibility of creating a Council of Governments collaborative in Trumbull County, so far, have focused heavily on the topic of blight removal. Undisputedly, the problem is a serious one. Still, we caution that blight removal presents significant challenges that ...

Changes from the heart

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Cal Thomas’s column, “Religious left’s Second Coming” published in the June 17 Tribune Chronicle was spot on. I agree with his comment, “If repairs were to be made, they must come from transformed human hearts, not Washington.” My question to readers is if you ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To 1995 Lakeview High School graduate Trevor Graff, part of a NASA research team that spent 10 days in the world’s only underwater research lab designed to learn about future space exploration. What an amazing contribution to educating the world on future possibilities! ONION: To ...

Keep private legal fees separate from those of city

Editorials

Wastewater disposal from a private local company whose previous legal fight was funded in part by Warren taxpayers is coming into question again after a new federal lawsuit was filed this week. The Freshwater Accountability Project filed suit this week against both Patriot Water and the city ...

Holiday travelers, pack your patience

Editorials

Going on a road trip? Pack your patience! An estimated 44.2 million Americans will be traveling this Independence Day weekend, including 37.5 million by car, according to AAA motorist club. The roadways will be crowded and patience will be in high demand to avoid potentially dangerous ...

It’s time to return civility to U.S. politics

Editorials

If you saw any video from the June 15 Congressional Baseball Game, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize congeniality and ...

Cool Warren, Ohio, teen boy fads

Community Columnists

It was the summer of 1951. We had just finished 10th grade. I really thought we were quite stylish when two other classmates and I went for a stroll looking for girls on the boardwalk of an upscale East coast resort town called Rehoboth Beach. However, the way we were dressed resulted in ...

Those serving our country rarely make headlines

Editorials

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the Army, ...

It’s time for changes in plan for health insurance

Editorials

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Bad time for Medicaid changes

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: For many months there has been extensive coverage of the opiate epidemic and of the toll that heroin, fentanyl and other drugs are taking in communities like ours. According to the Columbus Dispatch, at least 4,149 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2016 and, ...

It’s time for changes in city parking operations

Editorials

In its most recent three-year parking services management contract, the city of Warren paid a company operated by the head of the city’s redevelopment and planning corporation $225,000 to generate revenue of $124,407, records show. According to the contract, the company — Warren Parking ...

Keep fighting to shed light on government

Brenda J. Linert

We recently published several stories and opinion pieces dealing with attempts by local public bodies to keep their constituents in the dark. Among those, we reported on a series of “round-robin” meetings involving individual members of Warren City Council and a private business hoping ...