Opinion

U.S. must end unnecessary business regulations

Editorials

Government should regulate businesses only to the extent needed to protect the public from physical or financial peril. Too often, cumbersome, expensive rules are enacted to benefit special interests or local, state and federal bureaucrats.Some owners of hair salons in Ohio are fighting back at ...

Bill would let EMTs give help to animals

Editorials

Obviously, first responders to emergencies such as vehicle crashes and fires should make helping human victims their top priority. Then, if necessary, they can provide medical treatment for injured animals, perhaps beloved pets of the humans involved.No, they cannot. In Ohio, emergency medical ...

1942 train collision revisited

Community Columnists

It was early in the morning of Saturday, November 14, 1942. Mike, a friend of the family's, had been having his usual early morning coffee at the Colonial on South St. At exactly 5:35 a.m., he heard a heavy, rumbling, bumping sound on the railroad tracks running right down the middle of South ...

Use smarter intelligence in terror fight

Editorials

Are U.S. intelligence agencies any better at "connecting the dots" regarding Islamic terrorists than they were before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America? Let us hope so.Investigations after the 9/11 assault revealed the intelligence community missed a substantial number of indications the ...

Approve foster care to age 21

Editorials

About a thousand Ohioans "age out" of the state's foster care network every year. A substantial number are not ready for that.Once young men and women reach 18 years of age, the foster care system is done with them - even if they have lived most of their lives under it. That sudden separation ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Challenges to mayor will continueDEAR EDITOR:The population becomes more divisive when our mayor, on the front page of the Tribune, segregates the population by separating those who challenged him from those who supported him. To our mayor, only those who supported him have a right to be called ...

Embrace body cameras for transparency

Editorials

Use of body cameras by local police departments is a point of contention that must be handled with great urgency.It's no secret that we are in an era where virtually anything can be caught on camera at any time. All police officers, as well as the public, must accept that.So we are not sure why ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To all the "mathletes" who participated in "Challenge 24," a very challenging and fast-paced math competition for elementary and middle school students in Trumbull County. The event, held Wednesday at Warren G. Harding High School, shines a spotlight often seen only in scholastic ...

Franklin must reunite, not divide

Editorials

In the days following the election, we urged Mayor Franklin to use his victory to reunite the city, and perhaps take advantage of many of the new ideas that had been bantered about during the campaign season.Competition, we have argued, drives creativity and new ideas.Unfortunately, it appears ...

Law must protect the assets of the innocent

Editorials

Few people would argue against allowing police and prosecutors to seize assets owned by criminals and either used in crime or obtained through it. But that good idea, implemented many years ago, somehow morphed into government taking cars, homes and other goods from people with only casual ...

Whatever happened to happiness?

Community Columnists

It's not been too long ago that the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin was a hit. Who could find any problem with this message seeing that everyone wants to be "happy;" and who among us doesn't want to conquer "worry?" The issue is, how is this achieved? Who's found the remedy? Just ...

First mayoral act short of goal in Niles

Editorials

During campaign and election season, we held high hopes that whoever was elected mayor in Niles would bring new ideas and cost-cutting measures to the city in fiscal emergency.The first order of business announced recently by Mayor-elect Tom Scarnecchia makes us leery.Weeks before taking office ...

Ohio charter schools need transparency

Editorials

Clearly, legislators who several years ago permitted taxpayer funding of charter schools did not do their homework. Accountability, both financially and academically, was sorely lacking. Public school defenders were absolutely right to complain about resources being diverted from them into ...

‘Bites and Bits of History’ set

Community Columnists

STORIES OF UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will present a program on the Underground Railroad ''Bites and Bits of History'' noon Thursday at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Traci Manning, curator of education for MVHS, will ...

Howland, Lakeview collect for needy

Community Columnists

BAZETTA - Students from Howland and Lakeview school districts teamed up with Thomas Shortreed and Associates Ameriprise Financial for the National Day of Service recently by collecting food items to feed families in the Mahoning Valley.Last week, the two school districts spent time placing ...

Politics as usual despite Paris attacks

Editorials

France's reaction to terrorist attacks that killed 129 people in Paris was an air strike against Islamic State positions in Raqqa, Syria.America's response was to release five terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.Of course, leaders of both nations, along with many others, ...

Educators must practice their lessons

Editorials

Many people are annoyed from time to time with journalists. We are viewed as too nosy, sometimes insensitive and occasionally biased.But with all our flaws, most Americans throughout our nation's history have recognized the importance of a vigorous, unfettered press. The truth may not always be ...

We must better monitor funding in fight against ISv

Editorials

Several weeks ago, members of Congress were wise to ask about progress in a half-billion-dollar project to train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State terrorists. They learned the initiative was a dismal, expensive failure. Fewer than half a dozen of the trainees were in the field in Syria, a ...

City budget is slow train wreck

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR:In response to John Robertson's letter which appeared last Sunday, it should be noted that Dr. Robertson made a number of incorrect and misleading statements in his letter. Like so many politicians, he tries to convince us that two plus two doesn't really equal four, and that those ...

Police incident was not racial

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR:OK, this idea that every time a police officer does his or her job and it doesn't look pretty means the officer is wrong has got to stop. I'm talking about the insubordinate teenage black girl who was wrestled out of a classroom by an officer after she was repeatedly told to leave ...