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Convene study of health coverage for all to fight racial disparities

To date, COVID-19 has cost the lives of more than 250,000 Americans. The virus has altered virtually every aspect of our way of life. In its wake, the pandemic places a harsh spotlight on a hard truth: Structural racism in America causes fatal inequities in health-care outcomes. We see this ...

Presidential endorsement: Joe Biden

Editor's note: We invited the chairperson of each Trumbull County major political party to share with our readers their arguments supporting their party's presidential nominee. Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka declined our request. Instead, we have substitued this column ...

Presidential endorsement: Donald Trump

Editor's note: We invited the chairperson of each Trumbull County major political party to share with our readers their arguments supporting their party's presidential nominee. You are facing a procedure of dire consequences with a choice of two surgeons. One, hands-down, is the best in his ...

Ohio’s energy industry primed to drive growth

In 1788, the same year as the ratification of the Constitution, settlers with the Ohio Company made their way into southeastern Ohio. The men and women who first crossed the Appalachian Mountains were pioneers, yes, but they were also the leading innovators of their day. Their skills extended ...

Learn how the Constitution shaped America

Thursday is Constitution Day. Do you know what it took to become America? It’s a simple question; however, with so much controversy in our country today, I wondered how individuals would answer. The bottom line is that America did not happen overnight. There were growing pains. The ...

Your kindness will last decade

In my 13 years as president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, I have repeatedly witnessed the unyielding kindness of the people of Appalachian Ohio. We care deeply about others, and when asked to help, we step forward. Amid the challenges we face today, it is easy to feel ...

Ohio gas, oil essential to economy

It may seem difficult to look beyond pandemic-related economic challenges to spot the opportunity for growth in the Valley. However, as our communities move forward toward recovery, and begin to move past a year of immense, unpredictable challenges, there is something that brings us hope: ...

Liberty story needs nuance and empathy

Last week the Trumbull County Coroner released the autopsy finding that a Liberty Township firefighter and paramedic died of “acute fentynal toxicity.” And, again, the over-wrought story, high on spectacle and short on empathy, has been plastered across Mahoning Valley news. The story ...

Second Harvest receives national recognition

Many people across the Mahoning Valley understand the wonderful work being done by Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest’s staff and 153 member agencies and programs work tirelessly every day in an effort to make food accessible to all people in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana ...

Saving family dairy farms benefits all of us

My day-to-day work with family dairy farmers keeps me in touch with some of the finest people you can imagine. They produce wholesome food and provide social benefits we all enjoy. Family dairy farms are good for rural economies, good for food security and good for the environment. But all of ...

US workers score win with USMCA

Martha Newton, Guest columnist The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is now in force. Completing a long-time objective of President Trump, the USMCA changes the dynamic in trade by bringing manufacturing jobs back to America and leveling the playing field for U.S. workers and businesses. ...

Ohio seeks motivated poll workers for Nov. election

July 4, 1776, America declared its independence from the British monarchy. Nov. 3, 2020, voters across Ohio and the nation will participate in the very self-governing our founders envisioned 244 years ago. That day a bold and courageous idea about justice, equality and human freedom became ...

Who will the public call for help without police?

America’s current conversation on race has many voices and some are not very polite. The match that set this off is the shocking killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer while three other policemen stood by and watched. America watched the video of a man ...

More projects you can do yourself at home

In last week’s column we talked about easy do-it-yourself projects you can easily pull off for under $300. Well, here are two more that are simple and economical. Project No. 1 Add garage storage — Shopping for garage storage solutions is definitely a kid-in-the-candy-store experience. ...

Black or white, let’s be on the same team

There are no easy answers to racism. But we know from experience that racist attitudes weaken when white and black people have opportunities to be on the same team. When we’re on the same team, we’re united to win together, even if individual team members happen to vary in race, age, ...

Easy do-it-yourself projects for under $300

Just another weekend? Not if you take advantage of these three easy projects you can easily pull off for under $300. Most of the cost of these DIY weekend projects is in the materials. The labor — that’s you — is free. All you need now are the hours. But, hey, you’ve got two full ...

Community learning centers offer hope to Valley schools

We’re in a difficult time for public education. Spending at the state level has been cut, and with a slow economy we can expect more funding struggles statewide and locally. At the same time, our students’ academic, emotional and physical needs are greater than ever due to the challenges of ...

Maintain your sobriety during difficult period

In our collective attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through physical distancing and business closures, some folks have found temporary reprieve from the daily grind. However, for others, an even-darker cloud has emerged. Those in recovery from addiction are being tested with stressors ...

Small changes will make Nov. 3 election much easier

Ohio completed its primary election April 28 in a way no one envisioned, but that was necessitated by the global pandemic. While it’s obvious no one wanted to change how we run elections in Ohio the day before voting was set to occur, the fact that we responded to the pandemic and did so ...

CARES Act preserves cultural soul of America

On March 27, Congress passed the CARES Act, the stimulus relief program to shore up the U.S. economy that has ground to a halt in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Tucked within that $2 trillion package is $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities designated to provide ...