Editorials

Focus first on sharing, not taxing

The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber board is expected this week to consider the recommendation from its Government Affairs Council to back a proposed increase to the Trumbull County sales tax. The chamber board should opt against backing the proposal. Likewise, Trumbull County ...

Litigiousness of society grows more troubling

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing this week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Lake tragedy reminds us all of water safety

The American Red Cross is just one agency that consistently warns us about exercising extreme caution in water safety — whether swimming in a pool or in a lake. Sadly, we found out this week just how critical those lessons are. Sunday, Antonio S. Randall, 27, of Youngstown, drowned at ...

Bias never should have place in health

We may never know whether a drink a day keeps the doctor away. That is unfortunate, especially considering that the number of people who enjoy moderate consumption of alcohol is substantial and learning whether that has health benefits is desirable. The reason we may not get that information ...

Brave, loving grandparents react to crisis

The ongoing opioid crisis has garnered much public and private reaction and debate, yet finding answers and solutions that could bring an end to it will take much more time, research and even experimentation on what works best. Sadly, children left orphaned by the crisis don’t have that ...

Local bank stocks mixed

Cortland Bancorp gained 5 cents to close trading Monday at $23.55. First Niles Financial remained unchanged at $9.75 per share.

Continue probe to find problems and answers

The Ohio State University’s investigation of a sports doctor alleged to have sexually abused athletes at several institutions of higher learning has turned over a commendable number of stones. What has come creeping out from under some of them is disturbing. Scores of people, including ...

Japanese soccer team proves sports build character

Some of the best stories in sports happen off the playing fields and courts. Consider the aftermath of a World Cup soccer match in Russia this week. Japan’s team had been leading Belgium, 2-0, during much of the game. Then, in the closing minutes, Belgium came back to win, 3-2. It was a ...

Don’t give up yet on unused Trumbull rail line

The Surface Transportation Board wasted little time in releasing its unfortunate ruling last week that CSX may abandon 14 miles of rail line formerly used for industrial transportation in Trumbull County. The ruling came based on CSX’s request and despite objections from a property owner ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Trumbull County commissioners for voting to seek sealed proposals for the Trumbull County Jail medical program. Dr. Phillip Malvasi has held the contract since 2000, which has continually renewed monthly since 2012. In order to ensure the program is being run at an appropriate ...

Publicity stunt doesn’t help area Democrats

We’re not exactly sure why Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras thinks it’s a “big get” to have lined up attorney Michael Avenatti as keynote speaker for the party’s upcoming annual fundraising dinner. Given that Avenatti is the attorney recently best known for ...

NATO members must commit fair share to defense

No doubt President Donald Trump, visiting four countries in Europe this week, expected a frosty reception from some leaders. Those whose nations are members of NATO are upset with Trump for demanding they pay a fairer share of the alliance’s defense costs. Some already do bear reasonable ...

Don’t miss 2018 Trumbull County Fair

It’s Trumbull County Fair week and (perhaps surprisingly) the weather is superb! What a great opportunity to show your support for some of this county’s brightest and hardest working youth who have raised and are showcasing their livestock and other projects. All through the year, ...

Volunteer right to point out mowing issue

We can understand liability concerns that Niles officials raised over residents cutting grass on city-owned property. But what we don’t understand is why the city is raising that issue now — after three years — and even more important, why the grass isn’t being cut by the city workers ...

Rescues of baby and Thai team truly miracles

Good news this week started in Thailand, where international rescuers pulled off the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave. But it doesn’t stop there. We had a miracle right here in the United States, too. A clearly disturbed man told Montana authorities ...

Realistic Ohio education reform needed

Give Ohio Gov. John Kasich credit for not having a dog in the fight he waged over public education for several months. By the time House Bill 512 could have gone into effect, Kasich would have been out of office. But though his motives appeared pure, Kasich’s idea was a bad one. He wanted ...

City should not delay action on accused worker

AFSCME Local 74, the union that represents many Warren city workers, is asking Warren Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa to delay making a decision on any disciplinary action of a city worker already convicted once of theft and now accused again, this time of taking for his personal use ...

Port payout an unwarranted parting gift

We aren’t sure why government officials think it’s OK to give away public money, yet that’s exactly what the Western Reserve Port Authority did when it handed over $23,870 to the former director of aviation at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport — several months after his labor ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Jake Ouellette of Warren, the young man who jumped into action without a moment’s hesitation when he saw a young girl floating in the water at Willow Lake in Champion. He pulled her out, saw that she was purple and immediately started CPR. His quick action likely saved the ...

Remember pets in severe summer heat

Animals can quickly succumb to heat stroke if left outdoors for long periods with no water or shelter in these, the hottest days of the year. Locally we reported on two separate incidents in just the past week in which two dogs were left in the heat and their owners charged. One of the ...