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Opinion

Addiction has gotten worse with pandemic

Editorials

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, it seems news coverage and the general focus on accidental drug overdoses and the opioid epidemic have taken a back seat. Sadly, though, the drug abuse problem has not gone away. In fact, increased isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has ...

Nation likely to remain divided

David Skolnick

The nation is deeply divided and despite rhetoric to come together, don’t expect that to happen. Many Republicans still dislike — even hate — Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and feel the same about Joe Biden. Plenty of Democrats despise George W. Bush, and I can’t print what several ...

Questions exist on need for full-time city job

Editorials

A new part-time Warren City Council clerk might be warranted, but after years without one, there should be no rush. City council debated the need either to fill an existing full-time deputy clerk position that has remained vacant for many years, along with the possibility of amending language ...

Peace, unity needed today and in future

Editorials

President Donald Trump will leave the White House today and Joe Biden will take the oath of office in a promised peaceful transition, but likely without any personal interaction. Trump has said he will not attend Biden’s inauguration today, the first outgoing president to skip the ceremony ...

Social media bans seem Orwellian

Editorials

Every American should be concerned with the actions taken by the major online tech platforms to ban President Donald Trump’s social media accounts. It sets an alarming precedent and has raised concern among many world leaders. The action followed the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Twitter and ...

We renew King’s call for unity, equality

Editorials

Today, on this holiday, we ask how can we better follow the example and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Area clergy and Valley leaders told our reporter last week that in light of events in the past 12 months that included upheaval in our nation’s capital or that led to Black Lives ...

There are two sides to every news story

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Despicable acts are never single sourced unless you are President Trump. The biased national news media and the liberals hold him solely responsible for the Capitol breach. He alone incited the masses because they are mind-dumb robots. Do you think Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ...

Outgoing GOP leader served party well

Editorials

After embarrassing dysfunction just a few years ago, the Trumbull County Republican Party has made great strides under the leadership of local party Chairman Kevin Wyndham. But now, Wyndham, who successfully unified the Trumbull GOP after significant division, last week announced he would ...

It’s time our children get back to school

Brenda J. Linert

I don’t always agree with our governor, but on at least one very important issue, I do. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and I are in complete agreement that kids need to get back to school. I say this just as my son, a senior in high school, is pressing me and my husband to allow him to change his ...

More COVID-19 aid response needed

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Your Dec. 27 editorial supported a one-time payment for COVID-19 relief. It’s too bad you didn’t support the Democrats’ $2,000 relief proposal in May. It can be argued that now calling for an increase in relief payments is a stunt on Trump’s part; yet, Democrats are ...

‘Stand your ground’ bill goes too far

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I am a 22-year-old college senior at Youngstown State University, and I grew up in this new era of mass shootings. I remember the fear I felt in my middle school classroom after the Sandy Hook mass shooting, and I know we need common sense gun-safety laws that will make us ...

How close is America coming to tipping?

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Is America reaching its tipping point? Protesting is one thing, but storming the Capitol and rioting is a new low that conservatives reject. We have seen cities in flames in 2020 when the national media told us the protest was mostly peaceful. Fast forward to this past week and ...

Ohio, Valley GOP parties lack strength

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: What happened to the Republican Party of Ohio? We have a RINO (Republican in name only) governor, secretary of state, U.S. senator and former governor. And what about the leader of the party in Trumbull County? What has he done for Trumbull County and the party? Ashtabula had ...

Democrats must have amnesia on rioting

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: It’s the tale of two parties. Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, rioters looted, burned this city and Barack Obama said, “Let them get this out of their systems,” and charged them with minor offenses. It lasted for 10 days. Baltimore, Md., in 2015 looting and fires engulfed this ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

On my way to work, each day I pass the intersection of North Road and Reeves Road in Warren-Howland townships. Several days ago, some type of construction was started but since has been abandoned. This has left a dangerous setting and a real eyesore for the residents in the area. Warren How ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Health Department and many first responders who came together this week to announce their plan to distribute 2,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Statewide, distribution has been slow, but locally, officials are working hard to establish a good plan for ...

Tragic deaths are reminder of fire safety

Editorials

The investigation is continuing into the New Year’s Day fatal Warren fire in which a mother and her young son perished. Right now, investigators are calling the cause “undetermined,” but an in-depth report released by the Ohio Fire Marshal already indicates that careless use of smoking ...

Ins, outs of party leadership

David Skolnick

Kevin Wyndham said he is resigning Feb. 1 as Trumbull County Republican Party chairman primarily because the job is too demanding. This is the third time a Mahoning Valley political party chairman left the position early in recent years. Mark Munroe retired Feb. 21, 2019, as Mahoning ...

Local superfan merits football Hall induction

Editorials

There’s a real opportunity to get recognition for a Youngstown resident as an inductee into the Ford Hall of Fans associated with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton. Ray Prisby is one of six football fanatics (fan is short for fanatic) nominated for induction into the Ford Hall ...

New goals, commissioner and beginnings

Editorials

Undoubtedly things are different in the Trumbull County commissioners office these days. Admittedly, we weren’t quite sure how many times newly elected commissioner Niki Frenchko’s legal eligibility to serve as a Trumbull County commissioner was going to be questioned, but now that a ...