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Orchids and Onions

July 18, 2015 ORCHID: To Trumbull County Fair officials, 4-H members and Junior Fair Board coordinator Jan Solomon for not giving up on their poultry projects when they learned fear of the spread of the bird flu... more »»

Iran deal must unite countries to protect peace

July 17, 2015 Among the proudest, most important traditions in Congress is that when the issue is peace or war, lawmakers put partisan considerations aside for the good of the nation. more »»

U.S. needs to make better economic choices

July 17, 2015 No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister this week, after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country’s economy from going belly-up. more »»

YDC should not be closed

July 16, 2015 State officials have acknowledged even they were surprised when the Youngstown Developmental Center was chosen for closure. more »»

Defense of nation not the place to make cuts

July 16, 2015 “I believe that where we are now is about as low as we can go,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters in May, during a discussion of that service branch’s staffing level. more »»

Discipline can’t be set for convenience

July 15, 2015 When someone makes a serious mistake that warrants a punishment, that punishment should fit the crime, and it should be immediate and deliberate. more »»

Data breach secrecy smacks of cover-up

July 15, 2015 A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers secret would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. more »»

Enforce gun laws, don’t add new ones

July 14, 2015 Gun control advocates — many of whom really wish they could outlaw any ownership of firearms by individuals — constantly claim new limits are needed to save lives. more »»

Price GED tests right

July 14, 2015 Sometimes it seems as if government does all it can to increase dependence on it rather than to encourage people to improve themselves. more »»

Lawmakers must not avoid charter school reform

July 13, 2015 Ohio lawmakers did little to refute criticism from those who view the Buckeye State’s regulation of charter schools as a bit of a joke when House of Representatives members simply headed home and... more »»

Congress must scrutinize treaty talks

July 13, 2015 Presidents traditionally have enjoyed latitude in their handling of foreign affairs — but the Constitution places the responsibility for critical issues squarely on Congress. more »»

Orchids and Onions

July 11, 2015 ORCHID: To the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation that is distributing more than $84,000 in grants for local health initiatives, including therapy for children with severe disabilities and referral... more »»

Highway funding must not be gridlocked

July 10, 2015 Often, gridlock in Congress results when some lawmakers object not to the primary purpose of a bill, but to some unrelated “rider” placed in it. more »»

Don’t leave the door open in Afghanistan

July 10, 2015 As we warned, President Barack Obama’s get-out-at-any-price policy in Afghanistan has emboldened Taliban extremists. more »»

State should fully fund racino promise

July 9, 2015 No one thought it through before making lofty promises of funding to communities like Austintown that now are home to six Ohio racinos. more »»

Accrued vacation time needs limits

July 8, 2015 It may be commonplace, but cashing out enormous amounts of unused vacation and sick time or taking months of paid time off at the end of one’s career without ever intending to return to work should... more »»

Voters should beware of both amendments

July 7, 2015 Ohio legislators are right to be concerned about a proposal to legalize marijuana. As the proposed constitutional amendment is written, it would make legal drug lords out of a few investors. more »»

Those who can afford it should pay

July 7, 2015 Simply handing someone a health insurance policy free of charge, even if they could afford to pay a little for it out of their own pocket, makes no sens. more »»

More investigation needed in Hillary Clinton email saga

July 6, 2015 Federal officials are required by law to use government email accounts and servers for their official correspondence. more »»



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