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Editorials

Passion behind MLK’s letter still felt today

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, last week stood on the floor of the Senate chamber in our U.S. Capitol to read a lengthy passage from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s letter from Burmingham Jail. Brown was joined U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania; Bill Cassidy, ...

City program is more than summer school

No one likes to go to summer school — including, we are certain, the teachers. But Warren City Schools are right to offer a summer education program this year in an attempt to aid students who might have fallen behind while taking classes online during the past year, and we hope the ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Coco Crisp, this week named new manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Major League Baseball Draft League team. During his 15-year career in the majors, Crisp amassed an impressive record. He played in 1,586 games from 2002 to 2016, most notably with the Cleveland Indians. ...

Students should get vaccines for COVID-19 now

Gov. Mike DeWine is working to catch college students while they are still on campus to get them their COVID-19 vaccinations. With Ohio’s institutions of higher learning getting the chance to offer vaccine clinics for students, an important step is being taken, despite the widely held ...

City leaders, not taxpayers, should pay for new trees

We realize that replacing 20 beautifully aged adult trees timbered from Warren’s historical district on a whim to make room for a bocce court, of all things, cannot be done instantaneously. Still, we are pleased to see Warren leaders finally are making good on their promise to ...

Joint district should bring efficiencies

The point of regionalizing services among neighboring communities is to create efficiencies. That’s largely the reason we would support the possibility of creating a joint fire district that could fight fires and provide emergency medical services in a collaborative effort covering Girard, ...

Patience needed in filing COVID-19 funeral claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency began accepting applications Monday for reimbursement of funeral expenses for people who have died since Jan. 20, 2020, of COVID-19. Billions of dollars were allocated for these expenses as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. According to FEMA, ...

After 24 years, school funding issue must end

Ohio residents want to know they are getting their money’s worth, whether it be on a shopping trip or when sending their hard-earned tax money to Columbus. According to researchers at WalletHub, there are a few areas of concern, on the state government front. In its report “Best and Worst ...

Commissioners correct to rein in overhead costs

It’s taken nearly four years, but finally Trumbull County commissioners have moved closer to accepting a cost-saving suggestion put forth in 2017 by the Trumbull County Citizens Review Committee. Commissioners recently made cuts to a taxpayer-funded policy that allows county employees to ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Judy Byers for her 33 years of dedicated work serving as bailiff and in other jobs in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in Warren. A retirement party took place for Byers recently, where it became crystal clear she has been appreciated greatly for her decades of hard work in ...

Follow rules, be hopeful for county fairs

The Ohio State Fair will go on this summer, but it won’t be open to folks like us. In fact, it won’t be open to any public, due, of course, to public health concerns. As we work hard to emerge from this seemingly never-ending pandemic, the Ohio Expositions Commission, which runs the ...

US Census data needed now, not later

Ohio has seen some success after it sued the U.S. Census Bureau for delaying the release of data needed to redraw political districts and make other governmental decisions. Census Bureau officials now say they will release the data earlier than planned ... but in an “outdated format.” They ...

Ohio lawmakers make right move on student testing

In an unusual show of solidarity, Ohio lawmakers have done something important for the state’s students and teachers, who are still on shaky ground after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will have extra time to take state-mandated tests; and juniors and seniors can ...

Change needed in Warren’s Second Ward

Science teacher Andrew Herman is hoping to unseat Alford Novak, one of Warren’s longest- serving city council members, for his 2nd Ward seat, and based on some of the approaches Novak has taken, we support Herman’s effort in the upcoming Democratic primary. We have been vocal in our ...

Affordable homes will be part of fight

Ohio is not alone in its need to solve the problem of lack of affordable, quality housing for its residents. But it may now have a national ally in that effort. U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, is leaving her seat in Congress after having been confirmed as the secretary of ...

He is risen! Revel in hope, joy for future

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Lordstown Motors Corp. for successfully producing the first two beta prototype models of its battery-powered Endurance pickup truck this week. The company and its current workforce of 500 workers at the former General Motors Lordstown plant can take pride in that milestone, but ...

Water deal shows promise, but still more needs done

We are glad to see Trumbull County and two local communities have not thrown in the towel on efforts to reduce water rates for about 1,500 water users who pay the second-highest water rates in the state of Ohio. The county had planned to ink a new 20-year contract that would have put an end ...

Astronomer shared great love of space

Space truly is the final frontier, and there is so much we don’t yet know about what’s out there. Our area — and our world, really — lost a phenomenal scientist last week who spent his entire life and every ounce of his passion on not only researching space, but sharing all that ...

Despite new legislation, HB6 still needs to go

We were pleased to see House Bill 128’s passage last week in Columbus, a bill that includes language to repeal parts of the controversial nuclear bailout bill that added fees to all Ohioans’ electric bills. HB 128 passed the Ohio House last Thursday by a vote of 89-0. It passed the Ohio ...