Opinion

DEA’s war on drugs falls short

Editorials

It probably is a good thing bureaucrats like those at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were not in charge of arming the United States for World War II.After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, the United States became the "arsenal of democracy," producing tens of thousands of ...

Here are facts you should ponder

Letters to the Editor

Here are facts you should ponderDEAR EDITOR:I have read and heard things that are not based on the facts.According to the Republican leadership in Congress, it's been 80 years since a Supreme Court justice was confirmed in an election year. The fact is President Ronald Reagan asked Sen. Joe ...

Natural gas plant big win for the area

Editorials

We've all heard the rumblings that predictions for a local economic resurgence stemming from the Utica Shale Play are turning out to be just the latest round of dashed hopes for Mahoning Valley residents.Naysayers ought, instead, to take a drive down state Route 45 through Lordstown to witness ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To welding student Brookelynn Barr, a senior at Trumbull Career and Technical Center, whose senior project was creating a hand-pedalled bicycle for her disabled sister, Brenna David, age 11. Brenna has arthrogryposis, a condition that prevents her from bending her legs at the ...

Consider the consequences of $15 minimum

Editorials

How would you feel if, as you were about to pay for some bread and milk at the grocery store, the cashier stopped and said, "I'm going to have to add some to your bill. We have to cover the costs of state-mandated $15 an hour minimum wage. Also, we're charging more to cover the city-required ...

Community commitment big part of being in business

Community Columnists

In February, I received the Whitney M. Young Award from the Laurel Highlands Council, Scoutreach Division of the Boy Scouts of America. I am thrilled by the honor, but it has also prompted me to think about why I received it and the social role and responsibility of businesses.Please allow me ...

Niles should be wary of competition

Editorials

We recently commented in this space about our displeasure with governmental entities who choose to compete with private business.Those comments focused primarily on local entities that have taken to operating public impound lots, in direct competition with private tow companies and impound lot ...

Tantrums paint true picture of Donald Trump

Editorials

In perhaps a demonstration of how ill-prepared Donald Trump would be to handle the realities and inner workings of politics on a national (let alone international) stage, he threw a tantrum over the weekend in which he called for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the race to become the ...

Clinton’s position must not affect FBI investigation

Editorials

Politics rules everything in Washington, even at the top levels of the Justice Department. That can place the many people at the agency who dedicate their lives to enforcing the law impartially in very difficult situations.They are in one now. It seems clear that former Secretary of State ...

Better warnings at rail crossings may save lives

Editorials

Sunday's crash of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia brought to 20 the number of serious railroad accidents in the United States during the past year. Two people died, and scores were injured, in the weekend accident.A substantial number of the rail accidents during the past 12 months - eight, ...

Natale should resign from elected office

Editorials

Warren's new auditor should do the right thing and step down now from his post to save the city the black eye of a drawn-out criminal case while he continues to serve.Warren Law Director Gregory V. Hicks last week offered his legal opinion that newly elected Warren city auditor Anthony J. ...

Wheaties planes still find use

Community Columnists

I could hardly wait. I found myself checking the mailbox every day in eager anticipation. How many years has it been? Seventy-two?Finally, it came. There it was - a hand-addressed white envelope about 8 by 11 inches and about a half inch thick. I hurriedly but carefully opened it and slid out ...

Are you liberal or conservative?

Community Columnists

About 20 years ago, when the syndicate that represents this column was preparing to pitch it to newspaper editors, I was called in for a meeting with the sales staff and somebody asked me this question:"Are you liberal or are you conservative?"I said, "Yes."I wasn't trying to be a wiseguy. OK, ...

Trump should not get pass for statements

Editorials

There he goes again: Once again, Donald Trump has made an emphatic statement of what his policy would be if he is elected president and once again he has been forced to retract it.How long will Trump get away with shoving his foot in his mouth before he starts losing Republican Party primary ...

Lock out establishment!

Editorials

The Wisconsin primary could be an axle-breaking speed bump on Donald Trump's road to the nomination.Ted Cruz, now the last hope to derail Trump of a desperate Beltway elite that lately loathed him, has taken the lead in the Badger State.Millions in attack ads are being dumped on the Donald's ...

Trump should not get pass for statements

Editorials

There he goes again: Once again, Donald Trump has made an emphatic statement of what his policy would be if he is elected president and once again he has been forced to retract it.How long will Trump get away with shoving his foot in his mouth before he starts losing Republican Party primary ...

The truth about Sheriff Altiere

Letters to the Editor

The truth about Sheriff AltiereDEAR EDITOR:The voters of Trumbull County who voted to remove Sheriff Thomas L. Altiere as their sheriff should know Altiere was and is a good sheriff. He has done the best he could with what he had. A lot of things were never brought up during the campaign. Those ...

Risk to park, music hall not worth it

Editorials

New operations at Packard Music Hall have been extremely successful under private management company JAC Management Group, but, frankly, any level of success would not be worth risking Warren's loss of Packard Music Hall or Packard Park.But that's exactly what could happen if the Packard Trust ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

l ORCHID: To Community Bus Services bus driver Lora Fuller of Niles, for her alertness and quick reaction when a tree fell into the path of her school bus Tuesday on Warren's northeast side. Fuller reacted quickly and maneuvered the vehicle loaded with youngsters out of the tree's path, ...

State schools chief must create shakeup

Editorials

What if you needed a new state superintendent of schools and no one had applied for the job?That might be a good thing.Ohio has had an opening since Dec. 31, when former Superintendent Richard Ross retired. Associate Superintendent Lonny Rivera has been filling in, but has said he does not want ...