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September 27, 2014 ONION: To Niles city officials responsible for hiring and promoting tax employee Heidi Powell and putting her in a position of handling money. more »»

Higher rate isn’t Niles’ best option

September 26, 2014 As the city of Niles decides what to do about the findings in a state performance audit, leaders should not jump the gun on raising utility rates any more. more »»

Coordinated service better than tax hike

September 25, 2014 Fire departments in rural communities are struggling as state training requirements make it nearly impossible to maintain an adequate number of volunteers. more »»

In times of change, remember bedrock

September 25, 2014 It was 227 years ago this month that a group of men gathered in Philadelphia and created our Constitution. more »»

Improve screening in schools

September 24, 2014 A Senate bill intended to prevent public school systems from hiring pedophiles or drug abusers may be necessary, but it misses an important point: What if school administrators don’t know they are... more »»

Give passing grade to Lordstown levy

September 24, 2014 The Lordstown Local School District needs more revenue. more »»

Homecoming needs to be safe event

September 23, 2014 For most, the first big social event for area high schoolers begin this weekend. more »»

U.S. officials box selves in corner over ISIS crisis

September 23, 2014 Most of President Barack Obama’s proposal for destroying the Islamic State terrorist group seems logical. Unfortunately, U.S. more »»

The truth about ‘fracking’

September 22, 2014 Many people seem to view “fracking” as synonymous with drilling for natural gas and oil. more »»

Good sign: Americans help others in outbreak

September 22, 2014 It’s pleasing, as Americans, to see the nation step into the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa with both feet. more »»

Fed policies put Valley in good stead

September 21, 2014 As the federal government continues to wage its war on coal and the Department of Energy continues to increase natural gas exportation, the Mahoning Valley, Lordstown in particular, is in a good... more »»


September 20, 2014 ORCHID: To the Youngstown Business Incubator on being ranked No. 1 in the world among more than 300 university-affiliated incubators, according to an international research company. more »»

Ohio should simplify tax collection

September 19, 2014 We encourage the Ohio Senate, especially State Sen. Capri Cafaro, to support legislation that would unify the state municipal income tax collections. more »»

Johnson chooses House duties over local debate

September 19, 2014 A Sept. 30 debate among candidates for the House of Representatives from Ohio’s 6th District will be of little value to voters because the incumbent, Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will not be present. more »»

Report card process needs reevaluated

September 18, 2014 Pick a medium-sized to large school in Ohio and give 610 of its students a test. A few will do well and earn A grades. Most will get Bs, Cs and Ds. Some will do so badly they will be given Fs. more »»

Prisons should not take chances

September 17, 2014 Investigators looking into an Ohio prison escape last week should be demanding corrections officials provide a list of extremely dangerous inmates, along with where and under what conditions they ar... more »»

Look out for the ‘lone wolf’

September 17, 2014 Let us hope Department of Homeland Security officials took note of recent remarks by their boss, Jeh Johnson, on a major terrorism threat. more »»

Terrorism doesn’t end with ISIS

September 16, 2014 If President Barack Obama manages to destroy the Islamic State terrorist organization through an international coalition, the odds are he will make the same mistake committed by his predecessor,... more »»

Economic gamble isn’t paying off

September 16, 2014 When Ohio voters finally agreed a few years ago to allow casino gambling in the state, many did so with reservations. more »»

Control your own conduct

September 15, 2014 There has been much written during the past decade about stress levels and anger in America. more »»



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