Opinion

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To Champion Township Fire Department for handing out nine-volt batteries from Energizer for use in smoke detectors. What a great way to remind residents about the importance of changing batteries this time of year in these life-saving devices.ORCHID: To Liberty School District and the ...

Don’t penalize all for a few’s misdeeds

Editorials

Never let a good crisis go to waste. The big-government crowd operates by that rule, using it as frequently as possible to expand its intrusiveness into our lives.Some community bankers - the people we deal with for car loans, mortgages, checking accounts and any number of other financial ...

Polivka earns re-election as commissioner

Editorials

Voters casting ballots for Trumbull County Commissioner will choose among three solid candidates this election - Democratic incumbent Dan Polivka, Republican challenger Mary Williams and political newcomer Todd Johnson, a write-in independent candidate.Each brings good ideas and strong ...

Accept offers to help keep election safe

Editorials

Ohio and West Virginia election officials maintain computerized balloting systems in their states are secure against tampering by online hackers. But if that is so now, it may not be something on which we can rely for long.Voter registration systems in more than 20 states have been attacked to ...

Prescribing more opioids part of heroin problem

Editorials

What part of "do no harm" do many physicians in Ohio not understand? Perhaps the state licensing board should give some of them time off from practicing to think about it.Abuse of prescription painkillers is both a serious addiction problem itself and a step toward use of heroin. After years of ...

The thrill of piloting over Warren

Community Columnists

I logged my first flight instruction on May 15, 1946. My dad and his friend had partnered to purchase a tired old high time1940 Luscombe 8B. It was a silver two-place high-winged aircraft with fabric-covered wings and an aluminum fuselage. It had a little 65 horsepower Lycoming engine which ...

Closer look needed with drug prices

Editorials

Mylan Pharmaceuticals and its chief executive officer, Heather Bresch, have been easy targets for politicians seeking to gain headlines as defenders of financially hard-pressed American families.Of course, the company's officials might just as well have taped "Kick me" signs to their backs. ...

Stiff penalty warranted in assault on children

Editorials

We tell children that if they are in fear or danger, they should look for a police officer. Finding one will make them safe, we say.But on Monday night, a 9-year-old girl in Massillon, encountered a man who said he was a police officer. He told her she had been reported missing. Then he forced ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Warren 'businessas usual' must changeDEAR EDITOR:I am making an appeal to our city leaders that the way business has been conducted in Warren must change.I want to be clear I am not advocating for or against the tax increase on the ballot in November. But what must be realized is if we do not ...

‘Samaritan’ immunity law in drug cases on right track

Editorials

It is crucial that we find solutions to the heroin epidemic that is so severely impacting society today, but we are not convinced Ohio or any state should give carte blanche immunity from prosecution to anyone seeking medical help involving a heroin overdose.The new Ohio law, dubbed the "Good ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To Juanita Pasley, who was honored this week for the services she has provided the past 35 years to veterans, homeless, local families and others in need in centers spanning two communities, Warren and Youngstown. Pasley retired after her years with the United Methodist Community ...

Clinton’s policies will be costly

Editorials

Too many Americans do not seem to be making an important connection between themselves and policies enforced by President Barack Obama and espoused by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Many may understand, as Donald Trump, Clinton's opponent, put it, that Clinton is waging "war on energy." ...

Many VA raises and bonuses are undeserved

Editorials

About half the more than 300,000 people who work at the Department of Veterans Affairs received performance-based pay bonuses in 2014, according to a recent investigation.Yes, the VA. The same agency still under fire for how some veterans seeking medical care are treated. The same one with a ...

Public boards must avoid promises of secrecy

Editorials

A second claim of sexual harassment has been made against a Western Reserve Port Authority official.Andrea Hoffman was hired in February 2014 as a marketing / business development coordinator. During the two years she worked at the port authority, she received a $10,000 raise from $32,000 to ...

Don’t be surprised when you go to the polls

Editorials

Ohio could be a crucial state in determining the outcome of the November election. Buckeye State voters are being courted by all sides, as they are considered key to choosing the next president.But Ohio elections officials have a problem. As U.S. Election Assistance Commission officials have ...

Make VA employees more accountable

Editorials

Revelations of mismanagement, waste and outright criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs have become a regular thing. From veterans forced to wait weeks or months to see VA doctors to outrageous spending by the agency, the VA is an ongoing train wreck.Quickly, now: How many VA ...

Queen of Hearts needs some scrutiny

Editorials

Thousands of people gathered again Sunday at SkyLane Lounge in Garrettsville for the 52nd week of the Queen of Hearts game. The jackpot had brimmed to more than $3 million.With just three of the original 54 cards left, it was no surprise that a player finally was able to uncover the elusive ...

What do you tell national media?

Community Columnists

It's great being a Valley native in New York City in the last few weeks.That's because all my colleagues and friends keep coming up to me and saying: "Hey, your hometown was on TV again."Ah, you just have to love presidential elections when every candidate and reporter around the globe focus on ...

Changing state test targets unfair

Editorials

No teacher in his or her right mind would spend months preparing students to take a specific test, then give them an entirely different examination. It is a recipe for failure.But Ohio public education officials have done something much like that on a statewide scale.State "report card" ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Septic change is too little, too lateDEAR EDITOR:I applaud the lifting of the Consent Decree between the OEPA and the Trumbull County Board of Health regarding home septic systems.It is amusing that Health Commissioner Frank Migliozzi and State Reps. Sean O'Brien and Michael O'Brien ...