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Subtlety is not government’s strong point

May 12, 2016 If you are an Ohioan who has received help from the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, you may not want that fact to be common knowledge. Your mail carrier may know. more »»

Sunshine and WRAP records must be open

May 11, 2016 Operations at Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp. — WRAP — and Sunshine Inc. more »»

Take a better approach for halting truancy

May 10, 2016 Critical thinking is one of the skills educators seek to instill in young people. Perhaps we adults need remedial classes on the subject, to judge by some public school policies. more »»

Ban expulsions of primary-school students in Ohio

May 10, 2016 Expelling a first- or second-grader from school is ridiculous. It also is a lazy reaction to discipline programs that might be corrected at an early ag. more »»

Uniform rules urged for body camera use

May 9, 2016 Use of body cameras by law enforcement officers and deputies in Ohio is increasing and will continue to do so. It makes sense for the state to have at least limited rules for them. more »»

U.S. should try new strategy on terrorism

May 9, 2016 For weeks, we have warned that feeding U.S. troops into Iraq and Syria in relatively small units risks a massacre of them by Islamic State terrorists. A U.. more »»

Control issues in city must be corrected

May 8, 2016 For weeks, Warren’s safety service director, Enzo Cantalamessa, was adamant in denying even the existence of a notice of fire-code violation issued against Warren for unsafe conditions at the... more »»

Orchids and Onions

May 7, 2016 l ORCHID: To Howland neurologist Dr. more »»

Don’t quit on mansion renovation

May 6, 2016 April 11 was the day the dilapidated Hughes mansion, at 634 North Park Ave., Warren, had been scheduled to open as a newly renovated home for needy U.S. military veterans. more »»

Open records plan should be approved

May 5, 2016 Government officials and employees who want to keep secrets have a powerful tool at their disposal. more »»

Fix loophole in Warren housing stimulus law

May 4, 2016 It was more than a year ago when some members of Warren City Council began exploring ways to eliminate loopholes in a city program intended to provide incentives for people to buy and live in Warren... more »»

More urgency needed to fix Niles’ problems

May 3, 2016 It’s a shame that Niles does not have anyone who is fiscally responsible while understanding the urgency of correcting ongoing fiscal problems. more »»

Banning criminal history check will delay hiring

May 3, 2016 Some employers have very good reasons for rejecting job applicants with criminal histories. For example, you probably don’t want your local police department offering jobs to convicted felons. more »»

Traffic citations shouldn’t exist to enrich towns

May 2, 2016 Be very, very certain your vehicle registration is up to date if you are planning to travel through Brice, Ohio, in the near future. If it is not, it could cost you $750. Yes, $750. more »»

Fracking foes should heed voter message

May 1, 2016 It’s time for Frackfree Mahoning Valley to give up its continued push at passage of the Youngstown Bill of Rights. more »»

Orchids and Onions

April 30, 2016 l ORCHID: To Army veterans Charles Canfield and Smith A. Mealy, both of Trumbull County, and Robert E. Pluchinsky of Mahoning County, who this week were inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fa. more »»

Guarantees needed before license fee vote

April 29, 2016 Once again, we are hearing from local elected officials that they want to raise local taxes to help compensate for local government funds cut by the Kasich administratio. more »»

Quality Switch beats TBEIC to the punch

April 28, 2016 It was 2009 when planning began in earnest for the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, or TBEIC, an energy-based business incubator that took years to build in downtown Warren. more »»

Put common sense before bureaucracy

April 28, 2016 “Common Sense,” written by one of the founding fathers, Thomas Paine, was something of a handbook for American colonists thinking of forming a new government in 1776. more »»

Alarms sound about growing drug problem

April 27, 2016 Tight-lipped investigators looking into the executions of eight people near Piketon, Ohio, have released few details of what they have found. more »»



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