Community Columnists

Everyone has a role in real estate

After 40 years as a Realtor, I have been blessed with meeting thousands of buyers, sellers and agents. I have been involved with many hundreds of transactions with a myriad of different types of people. No two home sales are the same, and much of that is because there are so many different ...

Finding a Realtor and house take time

As younger generations take their place in the economy, I watch as the “instant gratification” economy has created unrealistic expectations on the part of many buyers and sellers. Watching reality TV shows where the stars find, fix and sell a home in 30 minutes is anything but real. The ...

The wall helped heal a community

The healing made possible by the visit of The Wall That Heals to Warren was much greater and further-reaching than we ever could have imagined. From the initial idea through fruition, this project has had amazing support from our veterans and local community. The reverent feeling that one gets ...

Honor liberty — at a baseball game

Over the last two years, we have seen the fabric of our society getting pulled at both ends. We are teetering on the brink of a point of no return in these polarizing times. Do we even remember Charlottesville? It seems like an eternity ago, with all the other noise of divisiveness of late. The ...

UAW keeps fighting for GM-Lordstown

June 22 was not a bright summer day for many area workers. It was the final day of the second shift at General Motors Lordstown Complex, Magna Seating, Jamestown Industries, Leadec Industrial Services and other suppliers associated with the complex. Through no fault of their own, about ...

HomeGoods is big opportunity

As a leader, I’ve always encouraged patience with regard for the big picture, despite any immediate set-backs. And I’d say the same today as I look at the economic outlook for Trumbull County, even with our latest challenges. Last month, more than a thousand people lost their jobs at ...

Dangerous fracking waste bills considered

By Ted Auch and Teresa Mills Guest columnists This is an open letter aimed at all advocates for House Bill 578 whose title indicates it would establish 300- foot setbacks for new injection wells and require that municipal corporations or townships where waste is disposed to be paid 37.5 ...

Inside, outside model trains change places

My first experience with outdoor model railroading was at just about this time of year, but back in 1940. I was 4 years old. After breakfast, I headed for my sandbox only to find that all the toys I had usually left there were all gone. Maybe some neighborhood kids had borrowed them. A bit ...

Are we trapped in debt spiral?

WASHINGTON — From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, “carnaptious,” that fits people who are allergic to economic euphoria. It means cantankerous. Let’s think carnaptiously about this fact: The interest rate on 10-year Treasury ...

Paul Ryan’s failed exorcism

WASHINGTON — Given the cornucopia of issues Americans have to select from each day, the recent firing and rehiring of the House of Representatives’ chaplain may not have bestirred many to form an opinion. But these days, the Hill is alive with buzz as people absorb the odd goings-on ...

Repair, reuse or redo it, but never throw away

Back in the late fall, I received a letter from reader Lloyd Revis, who lives in Warren. He has written before and apparently we had similar backgrounds and experiences when we were growing up. My apologies to him because when I tried to find his letter to re-read it, I had put it someplace ...

Interior Dept. moves on drilling regulation

Last fall, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke began formally unraveling an Obama-era regulation that would raise the cost of drilling for energy on federal lands. Environmental groups are already claiming the Interior Department’s moves are unlawful and environmentally disastrous. They’re ...

Christening ‘Miss Minute Man’

It was 1942. Many of us kids at Garfield Elementary were preoccupied with the war that had started for the U.S. right after Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. I was in first grade. We had fire drills, air raid drills and demonstrations on extinguishing incendiary bombs. We were told to keep a ...

Tragedy dampened joy of moving

It was 1940 in good old Warren. Spring had come and we were having a new home built next to the water tower on Genesee Avenue. It was exciting for me to run through the unfinished rooms of that strange new place. I turned 5 that October and had a big birthday party at our York Avenue home ...

Tax reform would benefit local firms, families

Today the United States tax code is a whopping 74,608 pages. According to the National Taxpayers Union, 94 percent of all Americans use tax professionals or tax software to prepare their returns. Our businesses in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys also incur costs, sometimes tremendous costs, ...

Seven was always lucky number

It was 1947 in good old Warren. That year certainly didn’t hold the drama that 1946 did. Even though the U.S. was at peace for a while, we still worried about the atomic bomb and Russia. Shortages had just about come to an end. It was the year that Dad lost his mom and I lost my dog, ...

Judicial branch least understood branch of U.S. government

Q: What is the “least understood branch of government?” A: Most people are aware that our government has three separate and co-equal branches: the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch. However, the judicial branch is often the least understood, perhaps in part ...

Back Pittsburgh for Amazon bid

A phrase I use a bit too often, but I love nonetheless, is “punching above your weight.” Maybe it’s too many fond memories of Boom-Boom Mancini and Kelly Pavlik, but it’s a source of pride when I get to use that phrase. That’s why I was so happy to see collective agencies in the ...

Ups and downs of life in 1946

It was 1946 in Warren, Ohio. I was 10 going on 11, and the post World War II era had just begun. The future seemed so very promising. All of the rationing, shortages, fears of air raids and blackouts, and concerns about friends and relatives serving in the military were over. I could buy ...

Older is better: Think of senior dogs this Adopt-A-Dog Month

Along with pumpkin spice and everything nice, October is known as a month of change. With the leaves turning and the weather finally cooling down, people and pets alike are starting to snuggle up on the couch and enjoy fall. Dogs young and old are looking for new homes before the cold of winter ...