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Opinion

Don’t promote opioids despite alternatives

Editorials

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

We must take charge of our future

Community Columnists

I have had the honor to experience both the thrill of the process to bring national football championships to YSU and Ohio State and now participating in the academic and economic development of our Valley. These truly are magical times. However, it concerns me that the conversation of the ...

Science proves rethinking issues finds new answers

Editorials

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Don’t let automaking future slip by

Editorials

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is vowing an “all-electric future” when it comes to new automobiles. To get there, GM has been wading through a restructuring plan in attempts to raise cash to help develop 20 electric models that it plans to sell worldwide by 2023. Organized labor has ...

Debate ideas from DeWine with respect

Editorials

Nothing Gov. Mike DeWine proposed last week has not been discussed previously, in one form or another. That makes it certain the governor’s agenda will be the subject of sustained, sometimes fierce, debate. Personal liberties and gun control are the subjects, after all. After a gunman ...

Make deal to upgrade Warren amphitheater

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I have attended concerts in Mentor and Cuyahoga Falls featuring the same cover bands that perform at the Warren Amp. This summer, the popular original band Gin Blossoms played in Mentor to a huge crowd. Sanitary portable toilets were provided at both venues, and all the concerts ...

Hyperloop could bring new options

Editorials

Is it an amazing way to create new regionalization and improved economic development? Or is it nothing but a pie-in-the-sky waste of money? No one can say for sure yet, but we think the possibility of a northeast Ohio “hyperloop” — a high-speed passenger and / or cargo train — is ...

Education can combat plague of fake news

Brenda J. Linert

I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion last week about the future of local news coverage in the Mahoning Valley. This important discussion was coordinated by the Youngstown Press Club and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and included this newspaper, ...

Eastwood a success because of Cafaros

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Congratulations to the Cafaro Family for the 50th anniversary of the Eastwood Mall. I have truly fond memories of the mall as well as the work that went into its success. I recall when I was 11 years old, back in 1967, my grandfather (Niles Mayor Carmen DeChristofaro) would ...

Plan would remedy flower bed’s appearance

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Statements made in a Sept. 29 letter to the editor that were critical of my concern for the landscaping on the Belmont Interstate 80 interchange need to be corrected. The letter writer contends that the landscaping has been maintained for years by the Liberty in Bloom ...

Absences should limit trustee’s criticisms

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Liberty Township Trustee Arnie Clebone asked me in September for input on improving landscape beds on Belmont Avenue at I-80. As founder and principal owner of Colonial Gardens, I was happy to offer my professional opinion. After examining the beds’ state of disrepair, I ...

Impeach Trump, vote out Portman

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: All that President Trump has to defend himself are the false accusations involving Joe Biden and his son. The real question is why didn’t Republicans investigate these allegations when they had control of the House for eight years and control both the House and the Senate ...

Trump inquiry is another witch hunt

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Here we go again with yet another witch hunt to get President Trump. A so-called whistleblower went to Adam Schiff’s aides and said he or she had the goods from a phone call President Trump had with the president of the Ukraine. The Schiff crew wrote up the complaint and got ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

Glad to see so many people interested in the Niles school board. However, with so many running, any chance of a forum to hear the candidates’ views? Perhaps a local non-political community organization could facilitate this. — Niles Election season is upon us and campaign signs are ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To elected leaders from Warren, Trumbull County and other communities seeking a more regionalized public transportation plan. Warren Mayor Doug Franklin this week asked the Ohio Department of Transportation undesignate his city as a recipient of state and federal transit funds in ...

How to ensure a fireplace is safe, inside and out

Community Columnists

In one of our last columns, we talked about the proper way to clean your fireplace. In this article, we will deal with how to make sure your fireplace is safe. So, how do you keep your fireplace safe? The best tools you have are your eyes. With regular visual inspections both inside your ...

Judge faces criticism for compassion

Editorials

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

Election important, not exciting

David Skolnick

There’s not a great sense of excitement about this general election. Odd-year elections are often that way. There’s no election for president, state officials, Congress, the state Legislature or even countywide seats. There’s not even a statewide issue on the ballot this year. And ...

Get to bottom of allegations against airline

Editorials

Not all whistleblowers are involved in the attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. Some are worried about a more critical matter — the safety of airline passengers. Ethiopian Airlines’ former chief engineer, Yonas Yeshanew, is seeking asylum in the United States after resigning from ...

Pass Ohio bill to help curb teen suicide

Editorials

Public schools already are overwhelmed with mandates requiring them to devote time and resources to special initiatives. Now, the Ohio House of Representatives wants middle and high schools to do more to prevent suicide among children. You may ask: Do we really need that? Here are some facts ...