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64th House race will be competitive

May 27, 2014 The changed face of the state’s 64th House District with its lines drawn further north gives Republican Randy Law a better chance against Democrat Michael O’Brien and should generate interest from... more »»

Politicians should not cover up mess in VA

May 27, 2014 No wonder so many veterans of military service have lost all faith in promises made by the government they defended. more »»

Holiday’s roots from Civil War

May 26, 2014 Memorial Day, first called Decoration Day, began after the Civil War. Several towns, such as Boalsburg, P. more »»

More to do at Trumbull United Way

May 25, 2014 Monday’s announcement by the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley shows just how far the United Way of Trumbull County has to go. more »»


May 24, 2014 ORCHID: To the Niles Intermediate School third-grade class for winning the Studentreasures National Book Challenge. more »»

Our smaller prisons are too overcrowded

May 23, 2014 Efforts to reduce Ohio’s prison population have paid off, but only in big cities. Clearly, more work needs to be done in small communities and rural counties. more »»

Set high taxes for gas, oil drilling

May 23, 2014 Gas and oil drilling have provided something of a lifeline for East Ohio counties where thousands of steel and aluminum mill workers have lost their jobs during the past several years. more »»

Alternative energy needs a new look

May 22, 2014 Ohio’s mandate that utilities obtain much of the electricity they sell from ‘‘alternative’’ sources already has cost consumers millions of dollars needlessl. more »»

U.S. should help stop Boko Haram

May 22, 2014 It took headlines about nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls for the U.S. to offer that country help in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists responsible. As it is, The U.S. more »»

State should take on local septic plan

May 21, 2014 Among the issues that local candidates for state representative should address is faulty septic systems in unsewered parts of Trumbull County, and a good focal point for discussion could be an old... more »»

Energy policy is step backward for Americans

May 21, 2014 A demonstration of the topsy-turvy, self-defeating nature of U.S. energy policy is being provided right now in Washington, D.C. U.S. senators are debating a major energy bill. more »»

Liberty, Newton set example in tax levy plans

May 20, 2014 Voters throughout Trumbull County said ‘‘no’’ to requests for higher taxes in the May Primary earlier this month. But there were a couple notable exceptions. more »»

Move forward with Benghazi review

May 20, 2014 Defenders of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deride every new attempt to get to the bottom of the September 2012 attack on the U.S. more »»

Something new needed for schools

May 19, 2014 All three Trumbull County school districts with either additional or bond levies on the May primary ballot were rejected by voters last week. The message seems clear: no new taxes. more »»

Explore options for WRPA

May 18, 2014 Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler said he wants to dissolve the Western Reserve Port Authority, use a neighboring port authority temporarily, then establish a new organization. more »»

Second-guessing generals is costly

May 18, 2014 As chairman of a special U.S. Senate committee investigating logistical aspects of how the U.S. was conducting World War II, then-Sen. more »»

Probe clearly ‘not done’

May 18, 2014 “The investigation is ongoing. I can’t say whether there will be more charges or no more charges. What I can say is the investigation is ongoing. We are not done. more »»

Orchids & Onions

May 17, 2014 ORCHID: To Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic nominee for Ohio governor, for donating to charity a $1,000 political contribution he received from indicted Youngstown Mayor John... more »»

Liberty Schools red-faced after audit

May 16, 2014 After an embarrassing report from the state auditor, Liberty school officials should feel a sense of duty to take some decisive action. more »»

Stay safe around area construction

May 14, 2014 Orange barrels are starting to pop up around the area as the summer road construction season begins. more »»



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