Editorials

Cooperation with Mexico key at border

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Low-income housing bill worth a look

One popular housing program for low-income Americans has a provision that, at first glance, makes a lot of sense. It stipulates that people living in certain housing units meant for low-income tenants cannot be full-time students. If they switch to part-time status to keep their low-cost ...

Victims and Americans deserve answers

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To many volunteers, including five off-duty Warren police officers, Warren SCOPE and the United Way of Trumbull County, who this week stepped in to assist an elderly U.S. Air Force veteran who needed help relocating his home. One senior service specialist from SCOPE, who for months ...

Women’s team deserves same pay as men

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...

We all must market area to visitors

Restaurants, retail shops and all businesses, really, stand to gain in some way from visitors traveling here from outside the area. It’s undeniable that Trumbull County has so much to offer visitors. That’s why we believe that making those visitors feel invited and welcome is so critical ...

Get out and enjoy annual Trumbull fair

One sure sign of the height of summer is the annual Trumbull County Fair — and it has finally arrived. The 173rd annual fair is underway in Bazetta, showcasing hundreds of local junior fair 4-H projects and adult exhibits and displays as well. There are new entertaining activities, the ...

Freedom of religion should be promoted

Government’s role regarding freedom of religion often is viewed as a passive one, that it shall “make no law respecting an establishment of religion...” That is, government is not to support any faith over others. But what if freedom of faith is threatened in the most fundamental way ...

Ohio needs to spell out health ed rules

Teaching our children how to enjoy healthy lifestyles, both in the positive sense of doing things like eating right and in the negative of avoiding hazards such as tobacco and illicit drugs, ought to be a priority in public schools. But in Ohio, a peculiar approach — if it can be called ...

Inaccuracies in proposal raise doubts

We are dismayed at the misleading information provided to the Ohio Department of Transportation by the private company that operates Trumbull County’s transportation service. The information was part of an outline to combine public transit programs in six counties, including Trumbull. ...

Be safe and use common sense when swimming

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into a river, local creek or farm pond. The risks there are much ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Warren Police Department and city leaders who have turned around problems stemming from use of excessive force. The consent decree was issued in 2012 by the U.S. Justice Department, but now a court filing has been signed by U.S. Justice Department attorneys and approved by ...

Subsidies should never outpace jobs

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20 percent of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with ...

Today, ponder true meaning of freedom

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us is ...

Recent death spurs warnings of ATV dangers

The recent death of a beloved Warren teenager who was riding with another person on an ATV when they struck a utility pole in the city should serve as a stark reminder of the dangers of riding. Sadly, the crash claimed the life of a promising Warren G. Harding student and active member of the ...

US election integrity is imperative

Oh, no, county-level election officials in Ohio may be thinking. Not another mandate from Columbus. Indeed there is one — and it is of critical importance. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county boards of elections to upgrade security against cyberattacks. Knowledge of the ...

US should help countries save the elephants

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

County must dismantle the transit board

There is no need for the existence of the board that oversees Trumbull County transportation issues. In fact, we believe the Trumbull County Transportation Board acts as little more than an unnecessary layer of insulation between county elected officials and the contractor hired to run the ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Kyle Kolat, 11, of Champion, who skated 17.6 miles this week from northern Bristol to Kent State University at Trumbull in Champion, all in an effort to raise money for Adult and Teen Challenge Ohio Valley, a faith-based organization that supports substance abuse recovery ...

Find new ways to slow fetal deaths

Across the country, one in 167 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth. That translates to a fetal mortality rate in the U.S. of about 3.98 per 1,000 pregnancies. But in Ohio, the rate is 4.39 per 1,000. Ohio’s Department of Health is working to do something about that, and has partnered with ...