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Opinion

Rules must be followed to keep order in election

Editorials

There is one safe bet regarding the upcoming presidential election: If vote totals in any of the states are close, there will be controversy over how ballots were handled. That will be so whether President Donald Trump or Joe Biden appears to have the edge. Ballot battles are nothing new, of ...

Lordstown should let go of plant sewer fight

Editorials

Debate is continuing over whether the village of Lordstown, which played an instrumental role in securing the General Motors-LG Chem battery plant being built in the village, also should play a role in the sewer service. As it appears now, wastewater from the new plant, known as Ultium Cells ...

Develop plan now for distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

Editorials

Although there is some dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, it appears a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. There is general agreement they should go to the most vulnerable among us. That is older people and those with ...

Area needs realistic rules for Halloween

Editorials

“At least there will be no shortage of masks,” so goes one joke about Halloween 2020. It will be upon us in just a few weeks. And, while it may not seem a priority to many in government at all levels, it needs to be addressed. Halloween rivals Christmas in some ways in popularity among ...

Correcting mail-in voting misinformation

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Recently, there has been much speculation about “blanket mail-in voting.” Most of it is misinformation and misleading. Ohio doesn’t automatically mail ballots to its residents. Instead, applications to request an absentee ballot are mailed. In order to receive an absentee ...

It’s vital we make broadband access for all a priority

Editorials

Broadband connectivity is just as critical to our livelihoods and our economy these days as the infrastructure that brings other utilities into our homes and businesses. Let’s face it: It’s virtually impossible to conduct business or educate our youth without fast internet access and Wi-Fi ...

Rights, responsibilities come with 18th birthday

Brenda J. Linert

Today, I’m the mother of two adult children. Yep, it’s the day my youngest son turns 18. We will celebrate with dinner, and he will be showered with love, plus the usual gifts, cards and cash. At some point very soon, my husband and I will have the same talk with him that we had with ...

Officials must enforce state mask mandate

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I have noticed in more than one local retail establishment, employees are openly ignoring the mask mandate. I have documented employees working on the floor and at cash registers not wearing masks themselves, as well as serving maskless customers. I report this behavior to the ...

Warren Township gets numerous fire grants

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: This is in response to a Sept. 5 Sound Off questioning whether the Warren Township Fire Department is applying for fire grants. The answer is absolutely yes! For fiscal year 2020, the Warren Township Fire Department has been awarded multiple grants in excess of $350,000, at a ...

Polivka always helpful when he’s called upon

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I want to share my experiences with our Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka. Dan is somebody who earned my trust. In 2009, I was providing care for a disabled family member at my home. Not knowing what assistance was available or how to set up things up, I gave Dan a call. He ...

Theft of statue shows nothing is sacred

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Brookfield wept the morning of Sept. 2 when the theft of Mickey, a lawn statue, was discovered. It had provided so many children a smile, a photo op and a welcome relief from the stress and anxiety of the coronavirus. As the now empty swing moves back and forth, one could only ...

Trump disrespectful to those who served

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I heard the president of the United States refused to visit an American military cemetery in France where 1,800 U.S. Marines are buried, and that he was disrespectful to fallen military service people. My cousin is no loser, nor is our neighbor and friend Angelo, who was on the ...

Dispelling propaganda from liberal writers

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: On a Sunday in August, four liberal letters were published that were full of untruths. Allow me a belated rebuttal. First, a writer apparently still believes the Trump-Russia collusion hoax despite reams of evidence disproving it. Another letter claimed the “cancel ...

The buck stops with President Trump

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: How dumb does Donald Trump think we are? He constantly states that if Joe Biden is elected president, chaos will rule the streets. Hold on. Hasn’t Donald Trump been our president for nearly four years? Isn’t he presiding over a botched pandemic response with more than ...

Trump’s presidency based on hate, fear

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Black Lives Matter protests make everyone aware of the injustice that has been happening for hundreds of years. However, protests alone won’t change a thing. The white supremacists simply will wait until the heat dies down and then return everything back to the same as before. ...

Anonymous, anti-Trump mailings are petty

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: A recent letter from Elizabeth Balson stated she has received snippy notes from liberals without any return address. I also have received such mailings. Don’t these people have anything better to do than send their petty comments to Trump supporters? I’m sure neither Ms. ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

Keep the Raider. Being offended on behalf of a group of you are not part of is the ultimate form of privilege and does a lot more harm than good. It’s condescending, as it gives the assumption that the majority group has the authority over what is “racist” and what’s not. Just because ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To Gov. Mike DeWine and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, for intervening in an attempt to get President Trump’s assistance in the decadelong battle to get full pensions for Delphi salaried retirees. Retirees have been battling with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, which ...

Education key to ending brutal cycle of poverty

Editorials

Poverty is a crisis for America. It’s even more heart wrenching when it involves children who don’t know if they will have a meal before bed or one before school starts in the morning. And sadly, poverty often cycles through generations as an oppressive cloud that just won’t lift. ...

Court opening widens divide

David Skolnick

As if there weren’t enough issues dividing the country, Republican senators will have confirmation hearings to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. The decision isn’t surprising as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has done remarkable work keeping his caucus in ...