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State budget bill needs closer look

June 16, 2015 Very few people read state budget legislation. Fewer still understand the legalistic language, which sometimes seems designed to conceal how some taxpayers’ money is spent. more »»

Government transparency still lacking

June 15, 2015 President Barack Obama’s administration, which he promised in 2009 would be the most transparent in history, instead is on track to set new records for concealing information. more »»

Casino money best used for improvements

June 14, 2015 Wagering at Ohio’s four casinos has not brought in as much money as some supporters had hoped when the constitutional amendment cleared the way for their creation in 200. more »»

Marijuana law would make monopoly

June 12, 2015 As it stands, a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana is a get-rich-quick scheme for a handful of investors — who, incredible as it may seem, want to use tax money to expand... more »»

Orchids and Onions

June 12, 2015 ORCHID: To all the cyclists that turned out to see what the area has to offer during last weekend’s 11th annual World of Wildlife Tour on the Western Reserve Greenwa. more »»

Legislators should back overdose law

June 11, 2015 No one can say with certainty how many of the 182 East Ohioans killed by drug overdoses during the past several years might have been saved had medical help been summoned quickl. more »»

OEPA correct agency to police fracking

June 11, 2015 State regulators in Ohio come down hard on natural gas and oil drillers they catch polluting the water, air or ground. Yet some suggest the U.S. more »»

Iraqi fight imperative against ISIS

June 10, 2015 It turns out that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s assessment that many Iraqis lack the “will to fight” against Islamic State terrorists may be accurate. What to do about that remains a question. more »»

New, better plan to stop hackers

June 10, 2015 Lock your front door and a determined burglar will merely climb through a window. Lock it and he may just break the glass to enter. As homeowners know, it can be very difficult to keep thieves out. more »»

Local student athletes deserve praise

June 9, 2015 What a weekend for Trumbull County and Mahoning Valley student athletes! On Saturday the Champion Golden Flashes softball team claimed the Class AA state championship in Akron. John F. more »»

Underage drinking Samaritan law could save lives

June 8, 2015 Minors who seek medical help for others because they have been drinking should not have to worry they will be arrested because they, too, have imbibed. more »»

Common sense should prevail over animal law

June 8, 2015 Forty-one-year-old Archie of Lodi, Ohio, may be this year’s poster bear for those who wonder whether our increasingly legalistic society requires a total abandonment of common sense. Yes, bear. more »»

Local support critical to keeping base

June 7, 2015 The Regional Chamber and all those involved in providing support are taking the right steps in their fight to maintain the vitally important Youngstown Air Reserve Station. more »»

Orchids and Onions

June 6, 2015 • ORCHID: To engineers at the General Motors Lordstown Complex who have been volunteering time at Lordstown Elementary School working with students on projects and teaching them first hand about the... more »»

Book has the Wright stuff

June 6, 2015 I was not surprised to see historian David McCullough’s latest book rocket to the top position on The New York Times Best Sellers list. more »»

Funding issues could offset one another

June 5, 2015 A debate in Ohio is highlighting two problems: one, the pitiful level of money available for public transportation in the state; and two, the apparently bottomless fund for studies and reports. Gov. more »»

Vienna lucky to have good neighbor

June 4, 2015 The owner of Kundel Industries was kind when Vienna trustees last month unanimously defeated his request for a 60 percent tax abatement on a half-million dollar expansion at the Ridge Road facility. more »»

Savings key in cash-starved city of Niles

June 3, 2015 If the cash-strapped city of Niles stands to save nearly $100,000 by outsourcing its Income Tax Department, why isn’t the idea receiving a ringing endorsement from city Treasurer Robert Swauger? A... more »»

Charter schools need to be accountable

June 2, 2015 Should you call your local public school district in Ohio and ask for a financial report or information on high school graduation rates, it would be provided. State law requires that. more »»

Job overruns on federal projects unacceptable

June 1, 2015 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. more »»



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