Opinion

Be outraged by judge’s short rape sentence

Editorials

"That doesn't happen here," many local residents may have thought after hearing of the slap on the wrist former Stanford University athlete Brock Turner received from a California judge.Turner forcibly raped a young woman who was incapacitated because she had consumed too much alcohol.For that, ...

Niles must use caution, not speed, to beat challenges

Editorials

We are glad to see the city of Niles may be seeing a light at the end of the fiscal emergency tunnel, but we are concerned city leaders may be jumping the gun on their decision to spend new-found money on immediate employee recalls.A sudden and unexpected surge in income tax collections was ...

Zero tolerance needed during GOP convention

Editorials

Thuggery directed at supporters of presumptive Republican nominee for president Donald Trump seems to be ramping up. With the GOP national convention in Cleveland less than two months away, officials in that city should make one thing perfectly clear: There will be no tolerance for violence ...

State must not muzzle watchdogs

Editorials

Strong watchdogs imperative for governmentExposing flaws in Ohio's prison system - such as finding maggots in food served to inmates - is an important task. It may well prevent some civil-rights lawsuits by convicts and it helps ensure taxpayers' dollars are not wasted.Someone needs to ensure ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to 179th for hard workDEAR EDITOR:On June 5, I transferred command of the 179th Airlift Wing.I took command in July 2010, and it has been a remarkable journey. We've been through a lot with the mission and deployments, and this unit remains one of the most resilient groups of people I've ...

Septic consent decree should be lifted for Trumbull Cty.

Editorials

It's time to lift a 10-year-old court order mandating how the Trumbull County Combined Health District regulates septic systems here.The Trumbull County Health District has made significant progress in regulating septic and water issues, and newly adopted state sewage laws provide enough ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To the some 160 couples from Trumbull and Mahoning counties who celebrated their wedding anniversaries during a special Mass on Sunday at St. Columba Cathedral. The anniversaries ranged between 25 and 71 years. One husband summed up his decades-long marriage in a word - love.ORCHID: To ...

What to know during summer travel season

Editorials

Travel season is upon us, and as many local residents take to the skies in coming weeks, they may, for the first time, experience the absurdly long security lines that have prompted the Transportation Security Administration to add 768 new screeners to its ranks by mid-June.According to the ...

Fallujah victory is essential

Editorials

Iraqi troops engaged in vicious fighting to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Fallujah are involved in more than a battle. Their success or failure will do much to define U.S. policy in that entire region.IS soldiers captured the important city about two years ago. Since then, Iraqi ...

Marijuana regulation is critical

Editorials

Like other states, Ohio got it wrong in regulating drugs intended to ease the pain of accident victims and those suffering from certain illnesses. Buckeye State residents cannot afford the same mistake with medicinal marijuana.Pain pills were a godsend to many people, helping them cope with ...

Careful analysis is needed on marijuana bill

Editorials

A substantial number of legislators have serious concerns about a medical marijuana bill passed by the Ohio General Assembly. Whether it becomes law is up to Gov. John Kasich.Lawmakers acted in a hurry to get a bill passed before leaving Columbus for a long break. It is possible haste made ...

Child safety is everyone’s responsibility

Editorials

Most parents come to realize quickly that taking their eyes off little children for even a few seconds can result in big trouble. Some do not. It is up to the rest of us to keep their children safe, apparently.A news story that had many people talking during the past few days had nothing to do ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Free program offers high school GEDDEAR EDITOR:I am the ABLE / GED coordinator in Trumbull County, and I have a few comments in reference to the editorial, "Make HS equivalency affordable," published May 31 in the Tribune Chronicle.The editorial referenced the increase in cost of the GED test ...

County hiring changes needed

Editorials

The decision by Trumbull County commissioners to appoint a committee to help fill two high-ranking vacant county positions is a step in the right direction, but it still falls short of correcting county government hiring and transparency problems that have existed for years.In an effort to ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

n ORCHID: To Newton Falls police Sgt. Brian Foor, who last week entered a burning house to save the life of a wheelchair-bound man. Foor was the first to arrive at the Ophelia Street house fire. He realized the gravity of the situation and went in on his hands and knees to pull the elderly man ...

Hold golf course operators to contract terms

Editorials

The Warren city-owned Old Avalon Golf Course was described last week by one councilman as "a disaster."One regular golfer to the course described the course as still needing a lot of work.And the city auditor last month gave the operators until today to contact him to make payment arrangements ...

Community support needed for school plan

Editorials

Youngstown City School District has a plan.It also has a commission to oversee the plan's implementation, and as of this week, it also has a chief executive officer to run the school district.This all came as part of a legislative move commonly dubbed "the Youngstown plan" that for many months ...

Justice urged in Warren woman’s abduction, death

Editorials

Detectives and other police officers who have been involved in the investigation into the July 2015 disappearance of a young Warren mother deserve praise for their persistence in the case that led to last week's indictment of an Ashtabula County man.Now we urge prosecutors to bring the case to ...

Hillary Clinton private server case intensifies

Editorials

Often, it is true: Where there's smoke, there's fire. In Hillary Clinton's case, it is a four-alarm blaze.More revelations about her illegal use of a private email server while secretary of state came to light this week. The State Department's own inspector general released an 83-page report ...

Make HS equivalency affordable

Editorials

Ohioans who did not obtain conventional high school diplomas should not have to pay an arm and a leg to obtain an equivalency certificate. They also should not be forced to take the required examination on a computer.As matters stand, it costs $120 to take the General Educational Development ...