Opinion

Syrian attack should not be a surprise

Editorials

Annoyance registered by U.S. officials at Russian military activity in Syria reminds us of one of many famous lines from the movie "Casablanca."At one point in the film, a corrupt police captain who knows very well he is in an illegal casino remarks, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling ...

Drop in deportations to trigger popularity rise

Editorials

Not since 2006 has the federal government deported more illegal aliens. But then, not since then have Democrat hopes for the presidency been so low.With the presidential election campaign in full swing, it was revealed this week the government deported just 231,000 illegal immigrants during the ...

Baby Rainn search shows unity, strength

Editorials

The close-knit community in Trumbull County was gripped this weekend as they waited and hoped for the safe rescue of baby Rainn, the toddler who went missing Friday evening from a North Bloomfield home.How refreshing it was to see the immense strength, support and care of this community, as ...

Charter school grant raises more questions

Editorials

Federal officials who awarded Ohio $71 million to expand charter schools said they spotted "no weaknesses" in the state's application for the money. Talk about making a silk purse out of a sow's ear...There are plenty of weaknesses in state supervision of charter schools. Lying about how ...

City boy spends time on a farm

Community Columnists

WEST FARMINGTON - The farmhouse is still there, albeit without its front porch. The barn, the chicken coop, the pig sty, the outhouse and the corn crib are gone.It was 70 years ago, in the summer of 1945, when my sister and I were literally farmed out to this place in West Farmington while our ...

Don’t stifle new entrepreneurs

Editorials

Ohio should not join big cities elsewhere in stifling entrepreneurs, not to mention thousands of state residents who want to earn a few bucks occasionally.Ride-sharing services such as Uber have blossomed in urban areas throughout the world. They are alternatives to traditional taxi companies ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Heroin could double as death penalty drugDEAR EDITOR:Today the Trib has hit the trifecta in my opinion.On page 1, there is the touching story of the wounded marine who has not given up. Then on page 10A, the Editorial cartoon about the heroin problem highlights society. That cartoon has the ...

Queen of Hearts needs oversight

Editorials

Thousands of people are expected to gather tonight in the parking lot of an Austintown restaurant and bar for the Queen of Hearts drawing that could make someone a millionaire.The weekly drawings have been ongoing at Barry Dyngles restaurant and bar on Raccoon Road for weeks without a winner, ...

Warren council must adopt dual employment issue

Editorials

Last week Warren City Council approved second reading of legislation that would ban city workers from using vacation time at the end of their city employment while they begin a new job elsewhere.Upon the upcoming third and final reading, council members must vote to pass the measure into ...

Space exploration must be reinstated

Editorials

President Barack Obama's decision to scrap the U.S. space shuttle program was a mistake, one that may have set exploration of the great beyond back by years. NASA is just now beginning to develop a new system to send American astronauts into space and bring them back - without relying on ...

Boehner post will be challenging to fill

Editorials

Hard-right members of Congress got their wish last week when Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will step down - leaving not only his position as one of the most powerful people in Washington, D.C., but resigning from Congress altogether.Now, Republicans must make a very ...

Sex offender problem should be addressed

Editorials

Drug offenses are why the overwhelming majority of people behind bars in Ohio were sent there. As many as 80 percent of state prison inmates have histories of trouble with substance abuse.But another category of crime - sex offenses - is a serious concern in the Buckeye State, too.About a fifth ...

Deadline today for those interested in becoming community columnists

Editorials

The Tribune Chronicle is seeking four Trumbull County residents to serve as community columnists on the Opinion page.Today is the last day to submit materials to be considered for this role.Everyone - young and old, men and women, white collar and blue collar, newcomers and old timers, all ...

EPA should have caught VW coverup

Editorials

Environmental Protection Agency officials and members of Congress should be asking themselves this question: How did Volkswagen executives think they could get away with cheating on emissions testing?Thanks to an investigation carried out by West Virginia University scientists, it is known that ...

Safeguards not enough for legal marijuana

Editorials

Some opponents of legalizing marijuana in Ohio, which will happen if voters approve Issue 3 on the November election ballot, worry it would increase drug abuse by juveniles.Issue 3 backers are dismissive. Of course only adults would be able to buy marijuana, they argue. There would be strict ...

Obama, also, must follow the law

Editorials

"It is unheard of for a U.N. member state not to oppose resolutions critical of its own laws," The Associated Press emphasized in a story earlier this week.But the AP reporter noted that very thing may happen in the next few weeks - and it will be the United States with egg on its face.Cuba's ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

God bless those who serve othersDEAR EDITOR:Recently, I was wheeling my grocery cart out of Giant Eagle on Mahoning Avenue. Just as I was arriving at my car, a young man came over and said, "Do you need any help?" I unlocked the trunk and he proceeded to put each of seven grocery bags into the ...

Wean’s impact to be felt for generations

Editorials

When Shari Harrell read the three major nominating criteria for this year's Ohio Philanthropy Award, she knew immediately she was in the presence of one person who was a perfect fit for this high achievement.Gordon Wean, chairman of The Raymond John Wean Foundation based in downtown Warren, ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

l ORCHID: To participants in this week's local International Day of Peace Celebration and Walk. Dozens turned out for the walk at Kent State University's Trumbull campus to help foster peace on earth.l ONION: To whomever took the time and trouble to compose and mail a fake letter to members of ...

Voters must decide issues

Editorials

It's true we have spoken out strongly in the past against attempts by anti-fracking groups to pass a Community Bill of Rights in Youngstown because of the negative effect it would have on local business and industry, and our position on that issue has not changed.The anti-fracking charter ...