Opinion

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

l ORCHID: To employees at the downtown Warren Taco Bell who last week held up the drive-thru line to keep a stolen-car suspect busy until police arrived. The stolen car was spotted by the vehicle's owner, who called Taco Bell and then the police. The suspect was arrested and charged with ...

Make good on pledges to use local airport

Editorials

You asked for it, you got it. Now it's time to support it.We are talking, of course, about the return of daily flights to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.Recent surveys indicated that local air travelers most desired a Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport flight to Chicago O'Hare on a ...

Speed cameras mean policing for profit

Editorials

Girard is the latest community to approve the use of speed cameras in their quest to police for profit.By a 6-1 vote, Girard City Council adopted a police photo-monitoring program that they say will help slow traffic, improve safety and, of course, generate funds for the police department. ...

Checks and balances exist for a reason

Editorials

President Barack Obama's recent press conference in response to a Supreme Court decision Thursday dripped with bitterness.Obama's executive order that, in effect, granted amnesty from immigration laws to millions of people in this country illegally, was before the high court. Justices ...

Demolition of last blast furnace will be sad day

Editorials

It will be a sad day when the blast furnace at the former RG Steel plant on Warren's south side is demolished.The inevitable is expected to occur next month providing the exclamation point on the sentence that ends the final chapter of integrated steel manufacturing here. This is, after all, ...

Everyone linked to Mateen’s plot must face charges

Editorials

In Omar Mateen's twisted mind, he was an "Islamic soldier" whose self-professed loyalty to the Islamic State terrorist group was more important than any moral compunctions he might have had about slaughtering 49 innocent people. The FBI says he was "radicalized domestically," not directed by ...

No one needs an assault rifle

Letters to the Editor

No one needsan assault rifleDEAR EDITOR:Shame on every single legislator who voted against the gun control bills June 20.Those so-called leaders answer to the beck and call of the National Rifle Association. They defend their untenable position by pretending that a vote to control ...

Port board should pass on TBEIC allocation

Editorials

The Western Reserve Port Authority ought to opt against contributing $100,000 in taxpayer money to the downtown Warren energy incubator known as the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, or TBEIC.The board that not only governs the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, but that also oversees an ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

l ORCHID: To Bristol Township trustees for committing to look for other creative ways to balance the fire department budget before requesting a levy from taxpayers. Trustees this week rescinded a previous motion to seek a 1-mill fire levy in November.l ORCHID: To the group of 30 young adults ...

End Warren’s shell game and cut spending

Editorials

A transfer of public money from Warren's utility accounts to cover shortfalls in Warren's general fund is little more than a shell game that ultimately will trigger shortages in city enterprise accounts and lead to additional user fees or worse financial struggles down the road.Under Ohio law, ...

Bask in glory, Cleveland, you earned it

Editorials

It is estimated that 1.3 million people poured into the city of Cleveland Wednesday to share in the euphoria as this resilient city reveled in its first ever NBA trophy and first major sports championship in more than five decades.A large number of those fans made the trip north from Trumbull ...

Feds should not dictate treatment

Editorials

Providing government services for developmentally disabled people in community settings rather than institutions is not a new idea. In many cases, it is a good one, and Ohioans should be pleased their state is about to become a national leader.Federal regulations require that many people with ...

Justice must be served in dumping case

Editorials

We are glad to see Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine moving to impose civil financial penalties on Benedict Lupo and others who worked for him when thousands of barrels of oil field waste were dumped down Youngstown storm sewers in 2012 and 2013.The waste eventually made its way to an unnamed ...

World must renew war against terror

Editorials

Iraqi forces had nearly driven Islamic State terrorists out of the key city of Fallujah during the weekend. In another IS stronghold in Syria, that government's troops, backed by Russian airpower, also were making gains.That is wonderful news for anyone of any faith who believes in the concept ...

Baseball, Truman among first on TV

Community Columnists

It was May 15, 1948. Each Saturday morning, after catechism class at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on the west side of Warren, I would walk down to the bus company garage at Buckeye and West Market where Dad worked a half day. I would wait around until he was ready to leave. We would then drive home ...

Keep focus on medical marijuana

Editorials

Use of the active ingredient in marijuana for medicinal purposes has been decriminalized in Ohio after Gov. John Kasich signed a bill sent to him by the General Assembly.Let us hope the new law does not become a dangerous headache.Lawmakers built a variety of safeguards into the bill. No doubt ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

District better because of VoinovichDEAR EDITOR:I first met George Voinovich at a ribbon cutting in the mid 1990s for the new Ohio Turnpike exchange at GM Lordstown. At the time he was Ohio's governor and I was an intern. Despite being in charge of one of the largest and most consequential ...

Prosecutor right to fight Hill ruling

Editorials

Everyone who is accused of a crime in America deserves due process and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. That is true even for Danny Lee Hill, one of two men convicted in the 1985 brutal assault and murder of 12-year-old Raymond Fife in Warren.But we, like most local ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To the Federal Aviation Administration and all the local leaders fighting to keep the air traffic control tower at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. The FAA and a study group recently recommended the tower should stay. It's just one more argument to keep the Youngstown Air Reserve ...

Tolerance not shared by all

Editorials

We Americans debate matters such as whether people who believe biology is not really the determinant of gender should use certain restrooms. We argue over whether members of the clergy should be forced to marry same-sex couples.But in much of the world, there is no argument about such matters. ...