Opinion

Marijuana law would make monopoly

Editorials

As it stands, a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana is a get-rich-quick scheme for a handful of investors - who, incredible as it may seem, want to use tax money to expand their sales.Some legislators are worried about the proposal. They are thinking of a counter-assault ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To all the cyclists that turned out to see what the area has to offer during last weekend's 11th annual World of Wildlife Tour on the Western Reserve Greenway. Exercise and the great outdoors make a great mix.ORCHID: To Weathersfield Township for the time and effort volunteers put into ...

Legislators should back overdose law

Editorials

No one can say with certainty how many of the 182 East Ohioans killed by drug overdoses during the past several years might have been saved had medical help been summoned quickly. Almost undoubtedly, some would have survived.A good Samaritan law for drug abusers is under consideration in the ...

OEPA correct agency to police fracking

Editorials

State regulators in Ohio come down hard on natural gas and oil drillers they catch polluting the water, air or ground. Yet some suggest the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should take over the job.One reason for that claim is hysteria - and that is the appropriate word - over hydraulic ...

Iraqi fight imperative against ISIS

Editorials

It turns out that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's assessment that many Iraqis lack the "will to fight" against Islamic State terrorists may be accurate. What to do about that remains a question.After Iraqi troops fled Ramadi in droves rather than fight IS forces, Carter pointed out what may ...

New, better plan to stop hackers

Editorials

Lock your front door and a determined burglar will merely climb through a window. Lock it and he may just break the glass to enter. As homeowners know, it can be very difficult to keep thieves out.Now imagine a "house" with hundreds, perhaps thousands of doors and windows - some of which even ...

Commissioners react to sales tax editorial

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR:Your editorial of May 24 was unfair and also misleading to your reading public.First, the consent of the county to these raises for the corrections officers was a result of the compulsion to provide similar increases to these corrections officers as we were mandated to provide to ...

Local student athletes deserve praise

Editorials

What a weekend for Trumbull County and Mahoning Valley student athletes!On Saturday the Champion Golden Flashes softball team claimed the Class AA state championship in Akron.John F. Kennedy High School took its first-ever team state title at the OHSAA Division III track and field meet in ...

Underage drinking Samaritan law could save lives

Editorials

Minors who seek medical help for others because they have been drinking should not have to worry they will be arrested because they, too, have imbibed. And underage drinkers should not be charged if they report serious crimes to police.Legislators in 21 states have agreed with that and passed ...

Common sense should prevail over animal law

Editorials

Forty-one-year-old Archie of Lodi, Ohio, may be this year's poster bear for those who wonder whether our increasingly legalistic society requires a total abandonment of common sense.Yes, bear. Archie is a black bear owned by Jeffrey and Debra Gillium. Under the state's still relatively new ...

Local support critical to keeping base

Editorials

The Regional Chamber and all those involved in providing support are taking the right steps in their fight to maintain the vitally important Youngstown Air Reserve Station.The Regional Chamber last week officially launched the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission and appointed attorney Vito ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Recollections of Chris BobbyDEAR EDITOR:I wanna be like Chris!I had the privilege of meeting Chris Bobby while working at Warren Furnace Company in the 1980s. His lovely wife, Debbie, was the secretary there who informed me that, "Yes!" She was Chris Bobby's better half!I loved reading Chris' ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To engineers at the General Motors Lordstown Complex who have been volunteering time at Lordstown Elementary School working with students on projects and teaching them first hand about the work engineers do. What a great way to enlighten children to career options and the importance of ...

Book has the Wright stuff

Editorials

I was not surprised to see historian David McCullough's latest book rocket to the top position on The New York Times Best Sellers list.Not only is "The Wright Brothers" beautifully written in McCullough's familiar narrative style, it reminds Americans of what we once honored and promoted: ...

Funding issues could offset one another

Editorials

A debate in Ohio is highlighting two problems: one, the pitiful level of money available for public transportation in the state; and two, the apparently bottomless fund for studies and reports.Gov. John Kasich requested a relatively small $1 million increase in public transportation spending ...

Vienna lucky to have good neighbor

Editorials

The owner of Kundel Industries was kind when Vienna trustees last month unanimously defeated his request for a 60 percent tax abatement on a half-million dollar expansion at the Ridge Road facility.This week, Robert Kundel Sr. said he knows it's a challenge for small communities to pay the ...

Savings key in cash-starved city of Niles

Editorials

If the cash-strapped city of Niles stands to save nearly $100,000 by outsourcing its Income Tax Department, why isn't the idea receiving a ringing endorsement from city Treasurer Robert Swauger?A report released this week by Swauger indicated if the city outsources the department to the ...

Charter schools need to be accountable

Editorials

Should you call your local public school district in Ohio and ask for a financial report or information on high school graduation rates, it would be provided. State law requires that.But ask a Buckeye State charter school for the same thing and you may be told, "Sorry, state law doesn't compel ...

‘Gray’ — or the purple crayon

Community Columnists

The little boy didn't go to kindergarten. His mother really didn't want him to go. Maybe she didn't want to be left alone at home. When the day came for him to enter the first grade at Garfield Elementary, his mom got him into the car first thing in the morning and drove around until ...

Job overruns on federal projects unacceptable

Editorials

There are several possible reasons why a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital being built in Aurora, Colo., is being termed the biggest construction boondoggle in the agency's history. None of them should be acceptable to members of Congress.Already, the hospital, begun in late 2011, is a ...