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Opinion

So much still exists for which to give thanks

Editorials

On this Thanksgiving Day holiday, many of us will gather to count our blessings in groups much smaller than usual. There will be empty seats at the table, perhaps because we have been encouraged to stay home for the good of all of us, or perhaps because so many of us, sadly, have lost loved ...

Use needed extra time for vaccine safety

Editorials

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a race against death. It is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. At least two COVID-19 vaccines appear to be nearing readiness. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA must approve ...

Oversight bills must include attentiveness

Editorials

For years, veterans of military service and their families have worried about the Department of Veterans Affairs. News of lengthy waitlists, enormous cost overruns on new facilities and similar outrages was, to say the least, worrisome. It got worse in 2018, when what happened at a VA ...

Extraordinary steps needed for care facilities

Editorials

Thankfully, we have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. At one time earlier in the epidemic, more than half the nation’s deaths from the disease in many states were among residents of ...

Continue support of energy, manufacturing

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Manufacturing and construction — industries that not only built the Valley, but built up America — had a substantial impact on the election. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan rightly acknowledged during his campaign, and he has championed across the Valley the importance of southeast ...

COVID-19 death reminds us to be safe, thankful

Editorials

Fire Lt. Don Beauchene’s professional work ethic helped propel the firefighter quickly upward through the ranks at Warren Fire Department, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said last week. But it was Don’s big heart and devotion on a personal level that reflected the kind of man he was beneath ...

Easier voting also can make fraud easier

Brenda J. Linert

Voting in the Nov. 3 general election in Ohio probably could have been easier. For instance, in the name of voting ease, several states mailed ballots ahead of the election to every registered voter. To help make the process more convenient, some countries across the globe now even are ...

What really happened with GM Lordstown

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: What really was responsible for closing of the very important GM-Lordstown plant? I’m an outsider. I never worked at General Motors, so I’m going to attempt to answer based on what I’ve seen in our nation the last several years. I believe the company and local union ...

Sen. Portman faking his bipartisanship

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: It must be that time again. Rob Portman is worried about his re-election, so he’s pretending to be bipartisan once more, after four years of kowtowing to Donald Trump’s every single whim. Portman voted for Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. He voted for Alexander ...

Research group health insurance

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: What should President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris do immediately after the inauguration in January? Both should meet with the director and chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The president should instruct the chief actuary ...

Don’t be surprised by Trump’s reaction

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I am amazed that some people are surprised at the way Donald Trump is responding to the election. He has been telling us over and over for years exactly how he would react. Let’s look at Trump’s history. I challenge you to find a campaign speech where he doesn’t say ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

Whatever happened to the idea of moving the coroner’s office to the former McFarland Funeral Home? That would have been such a logical move! Hmmm, probably too logical for Warren. — Warren This is driving me crazy. Why don’t people follow the arrows in the store aisles marking which ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Liberty High School for relaunching, after a 10-year hiatus, its theater program with performances of “Little Shop of Horrors.” The theater program officially restarted last school year but was forced to call it quits early due to the state’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order. ...

Shutdown orders must be last resorts in fragile economy

Editorials

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have ordered renewed steps to combat the disease. Most are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand another blow like that earlier ...

Polivka should resign as local Dem party chair

Editorials

Voters spoke. It’s time for a change in county government leadership, they said. The Trumbull County Board of Elections this week certified the results of the Nov. 3 election in which Republican challenger Niki Frenchko unseated longtime Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka by a nearly ...

Redistricting will hurt Ryan

David Skolnick

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan couldn’t have been more clear. After years of talk of him running for statewide office, Ryan, D-Howland, said he’s very happy staying in the U.S. House. But that’s as long as his congressional district lines don’t change too drastically making the seat more ...

We welcome our new bishop with immense hope

Editorials

Welcome to Youngstown, Bishop-elect David Bonnar. We are pleased to have him join the fold! We are especially pleased at the timely appointment, given that we had been led to believe it might have taken several months for the selection of our new religious leader. Bonnar, 58, has been ...

Early county office closures not convenient

Editorials

The Trumbull County Auditor’s and Treasurer’s offices have been operating at reduced hours in an attempt to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19. Officials say they are limiting hours to the public and staggering employee shifts. The Trumbull Auditor’s Office has been closing 2 ...

Biden urged to soon release his energy plans

Editorials

Joe Biden is not yet president-elect officially, but it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. It is probably no coincidence that within days of the election, some energy companies began ...