Opinion

New voting machines are a success

Editorials

Voting went smoothly in Trumbull County during the May 7 primary election and in the weeks of early voting leading up to the election. The successful and speedy Election Day process was due in large part to the addition of new voting machines that should create an extra sense of confidence ...

School bill must not be passed hastily

Editorials

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...

John and Annie Glenn honored as real heroes

Editorials

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord was dedicated as a site on ...

America’s patience has its limits

Editorials

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Democratic nominee welcomes feedback

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Thank you to all the citizens of Warren who took the time to vote in last Tuesday’s primary election. In particular, thank you to the 665 voters in the 3rd Ward who voted for me. A special thank you goes to the supporters who put out my yard signs and those who talked with me ...

Real-life heroes still do exist

Editorials

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado May 7. Life-saving courage enough was shown by a ...

Partner public, private for EV growth

Community Columnists

Editor’s note: Editor Brenda J. Linert’s column will return next week. When I worked in Mahoning Valley economic development several years ago, I had a conversation with a local political leader regarding the auto industry. He wanted to propose a state bill to incentivize businesses to ...

Facility would be Warren’s death knell

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I hope all downtown merchants unite and work together to keep a 65-bed drug recovery center from going into the Reeves apartment building. Great things have been going on downtown, including the innovative ideas of Mark Marvin who has chosen to come back to his hometown and put ...

Police body armor well worth expense

Editorials

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Dig deeper to try to understand politics

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The conservative press puts out pro-Trump propaganda just as surely as the liberal press members often behave as caricaturists. We must dig deeper into stories using alternative resources to verify facts. I prefer print media because I can explore it slowly. Hillary Clinton did ...

Thank a Democrat for things we enjoy

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: What have the Democrats done? Created Social Security; GI Bill of Rights; Civil Rights Act; Fair Labor Standards Act; 40-hour work week / eight-hour work day; public schools; women’s right to vote; Medicare and Medicaid; Safe food, drug, air and water acts; federal Farm Loan ...

Get involved; mental illness can be treated

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: In America today, approximately 45 million to 47 million — or one out of five Americans — is suffering with a mental health issue. Approximately 1 in 25 adults is experiencing a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities. ...

Workhorse proposal needs put down

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Time for a reality check regarding Workhorse. Although portrayed by Trump as some kind of winning thoroughbred, Workhorse is really more akin to a thoroughly emaciated lame horse ready for a glue factory rather than a grand automobile power house like GM Lordstown. But don’t ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

Once again, a renewal levy was voted down in Niles. This is so sad and embarrassing for our city. It is time to face facts. The people of Niles have no confidence in the leadership of Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen. Why the board gave her a five-year extension last year is troubling. The way ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To local organization “Citizens Uniting Citizens,” espousing a goal of helping recently incarcerated people become productive members of society. Last year, they spoke to 250 inmates and worked with 150. The provide outfits to ex-convicts and reach out to help them bridge the ...

Financing homes and land contracts, part 2

Community Columnists

As we discussed last week, land contracts have one huge difference from cash or bank financed sales — the seller has risk after the sale’s closing. If the buyer defaults (doesn’t pay the mortgage), the seller still has the house and is not getting money. For this risk, most sellers ...

Online post shows failure at teaching

Editorials

Set aside for a moment the absurd concept of “promposals” that has seized the social media generation and driven them to try to outdo each other with outrageous ways to ask their dates to the prom. One “promposal” in central Ohio is not only outrageous, it is demonstrative of the ...

Don’t let this horror happen where we live

Editorials

When California sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home of David and Louise Turpin last year, they found what some have described as “a house of horrors.” First, the deputies had to unshackle the Turpins’ 22-year-old son from the bed to which he had been chained. Then, they had to get ...

Composting humans is going too far

Editorials

Modern Americans have enough environmental concerns without inventing new ones. Someone may want to suggest that to the folks in Washington state, who are considering what many people might consider a strange new law — at least partly on the grounds of protecting the environment. Washington ...

Remind Kim with whom he is dealing

Editorials

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets ...