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Opinion

Policing for profit doesn’t help safety

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Reading the Tribune Chronicle in November, I noticed Weathersfield is installing fixed speed cameras. The Weathersfield Township police chief was quoted, “With photo enforcement, drivers slow down and the roads become safer.” Nothing is further from the truth! Taking a ...

Hubbard Township needs to show transparency

Editorials

It’s expensive to run a police department. There’s payroll and benefits for the officers and ancillary staff; there is purchase and upkeep of vehicles, and communication equipment and software. There are rising costs for insurances, office supplies, facility upkeep, utilities — and the ...

Big money and big egos equally problematic

Brenda J. Linert

Presidential candidates spent a combined $2,495,740,931 in the 2016 race to the White House, according to OpenSecrets.org, a nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit research group that tracks money spent in U.S. politics. It sounds like a ridiculous amount of money, but incredibly, that’s not ...

GOP’s optimism vs. Democrats’ pessimism

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: As another week of impeachment witch trials closes, we hear the Speaker of the House deflecting her hatred of Trump by publicly stating that she hates no one because she’s Catholic. Pulling out the religious card to prove that she is above reproach actually is a true sign of her ...

Trump’s 15 minutes are just about up

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Prior to the 2016 elections, our doughnut shop band of brothers wanted change in government. Such remarks were given: “Give him a chance; if it doesn’t pan out, select another person in four years. What can it hurt?” At the time, my eyes rolled uncontrollably at such a ...

Think before you vote for president in 2020

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: So people are telling the president they must flush 10 to 15 times? I would laugh, except he is supposed to be the president and leader of the free world. I know his hatred for President Obama is deep, but really, isn’t he taking this a bit too far? The world is laughing at ...

Randy Smith grew payroll at engineer’s office

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Randy Smith deserves something, but not a pat on the back. During his time as Trumbull County engineer, around 45 employees have left. That’s not teamwork. Former county Engineer David DeChristofaro came to the bargaining unit employees and asked if we would freeze the contract ...

Congressional hearings a circus

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Whether you’re a Trump supporter or hater, the Russian and impeachment hearings are a circus. First, think about the amount of time spent on these to hearings, not to mention the cost. The money spent on the hearings could have been used to build the wall and reduce our ...

Working together to promote recycling

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: As chairman of the district made up of three commissioners from Trumbull and three from Geauga counties, I wanted to inform the public of many positive changes to the new and improved district promoting recycling, along with many other programs. Since becoming chairman in March, ...

Thomas Jefferson’s intent often misunderstood

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I am amused when the perpetually offended folks like Werner Lange start having a meltdown over “separation of church and State.” Jefferson’s intent was clearly defined in the Constitution that the government not dictate a national religion as England did. The Constitution ...

Project shows kindness, service

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: After reading the Tribune article about the Lincoln PK-8 school turkey giveaway for deserving families, I felt compelled to praise this wonderful act of kindness. The act of compassion exhibited by Nicky Frankos and the board of the Nick Frankos Memorial Scholarship Fund is just ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

Maybe now that some police officers no longer have to sit for hours holding speed cameras, they can do something else to better impact roadways. Whether you ticket drivers for aggressive driving, running red lights, loud mufflers, no headlights in rainy weather, burned out headlight / tail ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To retired high school choir director Craig Carson who devotes much of his time to directing “Men of Praise,” the inmate choir at Trumbull Correctional Institution in Warren. Carson has volunteered at the prison since 2002. Carson said although some of the inmates in the choir ...

Yes Trumbull County, there is a Santa Claus

Community Columnists

With editorial license taken upon the 130-year-old letter to the editor from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon who said “my friends say there is no Santa Claus” We say… Trumbull County, your friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. Many lifetimes ...

Many questions surround latest attack on a base

Editorials

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Politics finally take back seat to right action

Editorials

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democrat lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has ...

As US carbon emissions drop, China’s grows

Editorials

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary- General Antonio Guterres last week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

College deaths not always just accidents

Editorials

Reports of young men and sometimes young women injured, sometimes fatally, at college fraternity activities seem to be regular occurrences. Give higher education officials credit for cracking down with actions ranging from shutting fraternities down to expelling students. No doubt that has ...

US should be good neighbor, help Mexico

Editorials

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...