Opinion

Teacher’s lessons were immeasurable

Letters to the Editor

Teacher's lessons were immeasurableDEAR EDITOR:Warren has a member of its community worthy of much praise. He served us as a member of the armed forces and then a member of our local school district as a teacher. He made a distinct difference in my life. The impact needs to be told.I remember ...

Elections board move smacks of favoritism

Editorials

Trumbull County Board of Elections member Ken Kubala should have recused himself in the board's recent decision to disqualify David Cook, a political candidate who intended to oppose Kubala's longtime friend and supporter, Dan Polivka, for the Democratic nomination for Trumbull County ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To Warren's NFL super stars and past Super Bowl participants Mario Manningham, Ross Browner and Paul Warfield, for remembering the impact our city - their hometown - has had on their careers and lives. The three were honored this week with presentations of golden footballs, part of the ...

Details key in preventing future tragedy

Editorials

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice might be alive today if Cleveland police officers had been told they might be about to confront a kid with a pellet gun. But the dispatcher who sent them did not think to pass along that information from the caller who notified police about Rice.Just two seconds after ...

Falls center closure logical place to cut

Editorials

Residents in Newton Falls are fighting to save their community center, which closed shortly after voters in the village in November passed a referendum that effectively cut income tax revenue.Now those residents are enraged and calling foul at the center's closure. They publicly have criticized ...

Second chances should be doled out fairly to all

Editorials

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins was correct in his objection to a recommendation that a former Warren legal assistant facing charges of drug use while on the job should be permitted to enter a drug diversion program.We were glad to see a public official fight for equal treatment in a ...

Meet growing national debt with urgency

Editorials

No nation on Earth has a battle tank capable of matching the U.S. M1 Abrams. It is simply unbeatable on combat. And the Army has so many of them, it has parked 2,000 M1 tanks at a desert lot in California.Yet Congress - over Army objections - this year appropriated $120 million to upgrade M1 ...

New visa rule meant to keep terrorists out

Editorials

Members of Congress were right to tighten visa requirements for citizens of 38 countries who formerly did not have to possess the documents to travel to the United States. Now citizens of those nations who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan - hotbeds of terrorism - will have to present ...

Congress must take action on Social Security

Editorials

Another year has come and gone with neither Congressnor the White House doing anything to ensureSocial Security is viable for future generations.That is despite the fact that, at 80 years old, SocialSecurity is well on its way to going belly-up. Federalofficials say the Social Security trust ...

Coaches need training for students’ safety

Editorials

High school sports, including football, are muchsafer thanmany peoplemay understand.That is in partbecausemost coaches arewell aware of risks and do allthey can to safeguard their teenage charges fromthem.But with disturbing frequency, young athletes dieduring practices and games-not of head ...

President Obama soft on threat

Letters to the Editor

President Obama soft on threatDEAR EDITOR:I saw on TV the great and powerful Obama scolding the "circus" performing GOP candidates about their views on disallowing women and children refugees into America. "It's not the Christian way of thinking." "They pose no harm or threat."Before Israel ...

Remember Dems’ ‘non-traditions’ at the polls

Editorials

A "non-traditional" State of the Union address will be presented by President Barack Obama later this month, his aides have told reporters.That would be appropriate for a president who has rejected some of the traditional safeguards of our form of government. State of the Union addresses ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

l ORCHID: To Warren teen Elliott Heckman, 16, who operates a bike giveaway project, "For The Love of Bikes," repairing and refurbishing bicycles for the needy this holiday season. Heckman, along with members of his family, received about 130 bikes and $1,500 in donations to fix up and donate.l ...

America’s debt good only for creditors

Editorials

Among America's creditors, 2016 promises to be a good new year indeed. Our national debt will top $19 trillion sometime during the year.For those to whom we owe money, the fact we continue to build up debt rather than paying it down is delightful. This year alone, we paid our creditors about ...

Celebrate responsibly tonight

Editorials

If the trend during recent years holds true tonight, about 156 Americans will not live to see daylight on New Year's Day. Please, don't be among them.New Year's Eve traditionally has been a let-your-hair-down occasion for many people. Too often, that means consuming too much alcohol before ...

Stay safe, drive sober

Editorials

It is that time of yearwhen holiday parties pile upone after the other over the course of a couple ofweeks-andmany of themare held after dark andfeature alcoholic beverages.According to theNationalHighway Traffic SafetyAdministration, there are an average of 45 fatalitiesinvolving ...

Adequate troops needed to fight IS

Editorials

American troops are being used in a dangerouspolitical balancing act by President Barack Obama.Some already may have died needlessly because ofit. More unnecessary deaths - perhaps on a largescale-may lie ahead.Obama has been eager to keep U.S. boots off theground in theMiddle East. But that ...

Remember needy after the holidays

Editorials

Another Christmas is history. Once again, our compassionate Mahoning Valley has worked something of a miracle for our less-fortunate neighbors.Thanks to the generosity - the spirit of Christmas - that prevails in our area, thousands of children received toys they probably would not have gotten ...

Infant mortality a major problem

Editorials

Babies in Ohio achieved something of a milestone last year: For the first time since the state began keeping records in 1939, fewer than 1,000 babies died before their first birthdays.Ohio has one of the worst infant-mortality rates in the nation, so there was plenty of room for improvement ...

Remembering New Year’s past

Community Columnists

I don't decorate much for Christmas anymore. This year, I haven't decorated at all. After all, it's my 81st New Year, I'm no longer married, and my children and grandchildren are in California and China.That's not to say I don't appreciate Christmas decorations. My neighbors and friends have ...