Opinion

Stop thinking primitively

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Much of our history and philosophy has been based on animal behavior, especially in our economic systems. Many of the primitive thinkers have influenced our belief of economics. “Survival of the fittest” and “evolution” in nature has been falsely adapted as the way ...

Self-driving highway tech misuse of money

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I’m curious, where did Gov. John Kasich get $15 million for advanced self-driving highway technology? Is that the money he’s been pilfering from state municipalities all this time? I think that’s wrong. Cities like Warren and Youngstown are hanging by their ...

Happy to see tainted reign of Obama end

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: As I see the man’s reign coming to an end, to me he seemed a tormented man with anger and disdain with anyone who disagreed with him. At times, he acted in a spiteful way to have power and control over people, and we became his subjects. He thrived on tearing down the ...

Diocese should reconsider refugees

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: On Christmas Day, I saw Bishop George Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announce they were still planning to bring Syrian refugees to the Youngstown area. Are you for real, Bishop Murry? Are you not aware that a clear and present danger to the security of this ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To Vietnam War veteran William Rutledge of Canfield, who received his long-awaited Combat Infantry Badge on Dec. 19 at the Trumbull County Veterans Service Center. Rutledge served in the U.S. Army 47 years ago, and just recently realized he never received the badge he earned. ...

Statistics are unable to measure fear

Editorials

Statisticians point out we Americans are more likely to die from falls in the bathtub or being struck by lightning than because of a terrorist attack. We shouldn’t worry so much about terrorism, we’re told. Roughly twice as many Americans have been killed by lightning as have perished in ...

EPA ambiguity comes at high cost to residents

Editorials

After six years of investigation at a cost of $29 million, the Environmental Protection Agency finally has come to a conclusion about whether hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells poses a risk to drinking water supplies: We don’t know. Last year, EPA officials released a draft report ...

Questionable funding to CD must end

Editorials

When Warren City Council votes on the city’s 2017 operating budget, members must side with the recommendation of council’s finance committee and end questionable spending on the Community Development Department. The budget proposed by the Mayor Doug Franklin administration calls for ...

Fire Dept. changes correct step

Editorials

Firefighters in Warren are lashing out at a proposal that would eliminate three fire captains through attrition, but we view this as a favorable way to create savings. According to the legislation introduced by Councilman Al Novak and based on a proposal from the city administration, the new ...

Here’s the secret story of a boat that never sailed

Community Columnists

This is a story that starts off with a stuffed fish — a northern pike to be exact. But, it’s not a fish story. It is the story of the S.S. Blub — a boat that never sailed. Dad had caught a 3-foot-long northern pike in Canada in August of 1942. He was so proud of it that he sent it ...

Thanks to those who serve, even on the holidays

Editorials

Few times of the year are as quiet and uneventful as Christmas Day. During the morning hours, at least, just about everyone was home enjoying the holiday with family and friends. But not quite. Police and sheriff’s office cruisers patrolled the streets and byways. Paid firefighters staffed ...

Obama handling Aleppo correctly

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The recent tragedy in Aleppo is being compared to the Holocaust. To understand what is happening in Aleppo, we must know the difference between a holocaust and a revolution. Both involve the tragic loss of life, but the Jews never took up arms against the German government. ...

The Gospel according to Luke

Editorials

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she ...

Foreign media took interest in Trumbull voters

Brenda J. Linert

American families gathering in celebration of the Christmas holiday today probably will face more uncomfortable debate about the presidential election that has been in the history books for more than six weeks. At my house, the topic has been ordered as strictly off limits in an attempt to ...

Nuclear Trump card

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Soon-to-be President Trump recently released a statement with a disturbingly flippant attitude toward a nuclear arms race. In spite of the fact that the United States already has well over 5,000 nuclear weapons in its arsenal, President-elect Trump has stated we should expand ...

Addiction is a disease

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Ohio’s opiate epidemic continues to devastate families and communities throughout the state. A new report was published recently by the Kaiser Family Foundation showing that Ohio led the nation in opioid overdose deaths. The report is based on 2014 numbers, when one in nine ...

Farewell from outgoing senator

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: It is with a heavy heart that I reach out to the residents of the 32nd Ohio Senate District, as my time in the Ohio Senate has come to an end due to term limits. Over the last 10 years, they have opened their homes, businesses, meetings, minds and hearts to me. They allowed ...

Christmas wishes

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: My children every year ask me the same question about what I want for Christmas. After thinking about it, I decided I’d give them the real answer of what parents and grandparents really want for Christmas. We want them. We want them to bring their kids around and to ask ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To United Auto Worker Locals 1714 and 1112 for continuing their generous annual holiday giving program in recent weeks. As the workers face an upcoming temporary plant shutdown and the permanent elimination of about 1,200 jobs, their generosity is especially ...

Niles Wellness center mess is a warning

Editorials

The city of Niles must find a way to stop the fiscal bleeding at the city’s wellness and fitness center going on almost consistently since its 2009 opening. Over the last five years, the city’s financially strapped general fund has supplemented the wellness center at a rate of about ...