Opinion

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 ...

New injection well rules must be considered

Editorials

Local government lacks the resources and expertise to take over local control of injection wells, but points they have outlined to tighten the state's oversight are logical and should be welcomed and approved.Dozens of people, including representatives of several other Ohio counties, gathered ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To David Denovchek, the Niles man who gave up a quarter of his liver and about three months of time to a 4-year-old girl he never has met. It is hopeful the organ transplant will save the life of the little girl who has been in the custody of Trumbull County Children Services since her ...

More bite needed in texting law

Editorials

"Distracted driving" by those using cell phones -often for texting or other activities requiring them to take one or both hands off the wheel - causes a substantial number of traffic accidents. Ohio has a law against it, but it has done little to curb the problem.Current law makes texting while ...

Lordstown persistence deserves praise

Editorials

Despite obstacles and delays, leaders in Lordstown should be praised for their persistence in landing a new power plant that will mean about an $800 million investment in the community.Village council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enter into an enterprise zone agreement with Clean Energy ...

Outlandish spending deserves scrutiny

Editorials

Thanks to whistleblowers and government inspectors general, taxpayers often are alerted when state and federal officials spend our money wastefully. Stories about "fact-finding" trips that are no more than junkets and lavish spending on hot-tub equipped hotel rooms at "training" conferences ...

Permanent highway funding must be solved

Editorials

Congress has kicked the proverbial can down the road so many times on one critical issue - highway and bridge funding - that lawmakers' toes must be getting sore.It happened again last week when, for the 12th time in six years, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a temporary approach to ...

The sounds of bygone times

Community Columnists

There's a theory that states that sounds never truly disappear - that all sound in some way is still somewhere in the atmosphere. For example, it is theorized that the reverberating sounds of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address still exist out there. It's an intriguing idea.Some time, when you're ...

Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Editorials

Even taking into account the many challenges facing our nation, we Americans enjoy liberties, security, peace and prosperity that is the envy of most other people in the world.Those who guarantee all that to us, the men and women of our armed forces, willingly sacrifice liberties, security, ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

A site for the massesDEAR EDITOR:Last year, I started to hear committees were evaluating locations for the Presidential Library. Last week, the White House chose a site in Chicago for the golden shrine.They gave the list of sites, and fourth on the proposed list was Hawaii. ...

Raises prove tax was not needed

Editorials

After lengthy debate by Trumbull County commissioners last month about whether to institute a quarter-percent sales tax increase in the county, officials decided to forego the increase at this time.Two public hearings had been held to debate the topic, and officials that included Trumbull ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11 and all the state and local officials involved in rededicating two heavily traveled bridges in Niles as the "Persian Gulf Veterans Bridge" and the "Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Bridge." Robert Marino Sr., who was heavily involved in the plan, ...

Camera bids would outweigh the negatives

Editorials

Picking a supplier to provide surveillance cameras for Warren without collecting official bids may be legal, but is it the right way to do business?This week, Warren Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa inked a $33,103 contract with Girard-based VEC Inc. to provide four video cameras, ...

Help graduates celebrate safely

Editorials

If history is any guide, hundreds of recent high school graduates will be drinking enormous quantities of alcoholic beverages at celebratory parties during the next few weeks. Some of them will not have to obtain the booze themselves, nor will they have to find places to whoop it up.Their ...

Niles cuts should have come long ago

Editorials

Wouldn't we all love to have health insurance plans that allow us to pay nothing toward the premium?That's what has been happening for city workers in Niles under at least three labor contracts.Terms spelled out in the expiring contracts for workers organized under American Federation of State, ...

New officer guidelines may save lives

Editorials

No amount of training in how to handle life-threatening situations will change a bigot. Likewise, it is impossible to provide enough law and ethics classes to alter the mindset of a law enforcement officer in the profession for the wrong reasons.Still, Ohio legislators might do some good by ...

Public must help auditor root out fraud

Editorials

Many Ohioans believe - or at least hope - their local public officials are honest. Most of the time, such confidence is well placed.But when it is not, corrupt officials should be looking over their shoulders constantly, in fear of being caught and sent to jail.Ohio Auditor DaveYost is giving ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

USPS needs to refocusDEAR EDITOR:The U.S. Postal Service is in rough shape and it's a lack of good management that is to blame. In Ohio, mail processing centers are getting further consolidated, and that means deliveries are getting slower.On the surface, the agency's billion dollar ...

Blitz and referrals good step forward

Editorials

It's been said we cannot arrest our way out of the growing heroin epidemic, but we all know arresting those that break the law still is a big part of combating drug problems.A recent cooperative effort to crack down on drug abuse with arrests, partnered with attempts to get help to those in ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To all those who stepped up in an attempt to help a 4-year-old local girl who suffers from a fatal liver disease. More than 300 people have responded to a social media campaign by inquiring about the possibility of donating a liver to the girl who has been in the care of Trumbull County ...