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Be selective with tougher sentencing laws

October 13, 2015 Rejecting all “get tough on crime” initiatives makes no more sense than locking up everyone who breaks the law, no matter how minor their offense. more »»

Schools reform bill step in right direction

October 12, 2015 For a few years, Ohio was something of a wild, wild West of charter schools. Lack of accountability meant serious problems at some of the privately run but publicly funded facilities. more »»

Vote against monopolies, marijuana

October 11, 2015 When more than 90 Ohio delegates gathered in 1851 for a constitutional convention to update and create a new state constitution — the document that was to be held as the fundamental law for Ohio — i... more »»

Impeach the IRS director

October 11, 2015 WASHINGTON — “Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should [have] let the [S]outh go. more »»

Political war all the time

October 11, 2015 There is a time for war and a time for peace, according to the book of Ecclesiastes and The Byrds. more »»

Syrian attack should not be a surprise

October 8, 2015 Annoyance registered by U.S. officials at Russian military activity in Syria reminds us of one of many famous lines from the movie “Casablanca. more »»

Drop in deportations to trigger popularity rise

October 8, 2015 Not since 2006 has the federal government deported more illegal aliens. But then, not since then have Democrat hopes for the presidency been so low. more »»

Baby Rainn search shows unity, strength

October 6, 2015 The close-knit community in Trumbull County was gripped this weekend as they waited and hoped for the safe rescue of baby Rainn, the toddler who went missing Friday evening from a North Bloomfield... more »»

Charter school grant raises more questions

October 6, 2015 Federal officials who awarded Ohio $71 million to expand charter schools said they spotted “no weaknesses” in the state’s application for the money. Talk about making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.. more »»

Don’t stifle new entrepreneurs

October 5, 2015 Ohio should not join big cities elsewhere in stifling entrepreneurs, not to mention thousands of state residents who want to earn a few bucks occasionally. more »»

Queen of Hearts needs oversight

October 4, 2015 Thousands of people are expected to gather tonight in the parking lot of an Austintown restaurant and bar for the Queen of Hearts drawing that could make someone a millionaire. more »»

Warren council must adopt dual employment issue

October 2, 2015 Last week Warren City Council approved second reading of legislation that would ban city workers from using vacation time at the end of their city employment while they begin a new job elsewhere. more »»

Space exploration must be reinstated

October 2, 2015 President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap the U.S. space shuttle program was a mistake, one that may have set exploration of the great beyond back by years. more »»

Boehner post will be challenging to fill

October 1, 2015 Hard-right members of Congress got their wish last week when Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will step down — leaving not only his position as one of the most powerful people... more »»

Sex offender problem should be addressed

September 30, 2015 Drug offenses are why the overwhelming majority of people behind bars in Ohio were sent there. As many as 80 percent of state prison inmates have histories of trouble with substance abuse. more »»

Deadline today for those interested in becoming community columnists

September 30, 2015 The Tribune Chronicle is seeking four Trumbull County residents to serve as community columnists on the Opinion page. Today is the last day to submit materials to be considered for this role. more »»

EPA should have caught VW coverup

September 29, 2015 Environmental Protection Agency officials and members of Congress should be asking themselves this question: How did Volkswagen executives think they could get away with cheating on emissions... more »»

Safeguards not enough for legal marijuana

September 29, 2015 Some opponents of legalizing marijuana in Ohio, which will happen if voters approve Issue 3 on the November election ballot, worry it would increase drug abuse by juveniles. more »»

Obama, also, must follow the law

September 28, 2015 “It is unheard of for a U.N. member state not to oppose resolutions critical of its own laws,” The Associated Press emphasized in a story earlier this week. more »»

Wean’s impact to be felt for generations

September 27, 2015 When Shari Harrell read the three major nominating criteria for this year’s Ohio Philanthropy Award, she knew immediately she was in the presence of one person who was a perfect fit for this high... more »»



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