Opinion

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 ...

Power grid safety must be a priority

Editorials

What if you flipped the switch some evening and the lights did not come on? Worse, what if the temperature outside was below zero and the furnace would not work?It happens, almost always because of natural phenomena such as storms downing power lines. Usually, a few hours' work by utility crews ...

Federal war on drugs is needed

Editorials

Drug abuse in our region of the country is worse than many people may have thought - and most have had few illusions for several years that it was very, very bad.Drug-abuse death rates in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky were higher during 2014 than in all but two states (New Mexico and New ...

Close Gitmo

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR:There has been the constant controversy of closing Guantanamo (GITMO) prison in Cuba and transferring the prisoners to the U.S.I say close it. Why should enemies of the United States languish in the tropics?Bring them to U.S. soil and put them in a max-security prison right in the ...

Latest hill arguments preposterous

Editorials

Legal arguments by Danny Lee Hill's defense attorneys that a conflict of interest existed in prosecution by the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office and assumptions that Hill's case involves his "actual innocence" are not only presumptuous and overstepping, but simply preposterous.During a ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To Diana Johnson of Girard, a terminally ill woman whose only "bucket list" wish was to create the "Drop in the Bucket Foundation," making wishes come true for other terminally ill patients.ORCHID: To students at H.C. Mines Elementary School in Howland, who spent time last week making ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editorials

Again this year, the Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board offers its readers a Christmas gift in the form of what we believe is the best Christmas editorial ever written.It appeared not in December, but in September 1897, in the New York Sun, after 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon asked her now famous ...

The Gospel according to Luke

Editorials

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.And she brought ...

Bravo to Muslim fight on terrorism

Editorials

Bravo, to Saudi Arabia and the 33 other predominantly Muslim nations forming a coalition to fight terrorism.U.S.-led efforts to fight ISIS and other terrorist organizations may now get help from the countries with the most at stake in this fight."This announcement comes from the Islamic world's ...

Rocket parts purchase challenges security

Editorials

One wonders what President Franklin D. Roosevelt's reaction would have been had, in 1936, a federal bean counter suggested to him that taxpayers' money could be saved by purchasing engines for U.S. warplanes from Japan. Roosevelt probably would have had the idiot fired.But these days, many U.S. ...