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Editorials

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the organizers and more than 1,000 participants of the “We Matter” rally in downtown Warren to protest the senseless killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. The group was able to express its collective frustration and outrage over the treatment of ...

We should learn from educational response to COVID

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was canceled. There is evidence many ...

First responders deserve salutes, too

Hospital personnel such as nurses and doctors, ambulance crews and other full-time health care professionals are viewed by many Americans as the front-line heroines and heroes of the COVID-19 outbreak. A recent episode reminds us first responders such as police officers and firefighters are ...

‘We Matter’ protest shows strong message

The “We Matter” movement presented a powerful message of peace in Warren on Monday evening. And we are happy to commend the more than 1,000 participants in the demonstration as they strongly presented their pleas for justice and fairness as part of a nationwide response to the senseless ...

Unmaintained dams need attention, too

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes last week, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part, because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back some ...

There must be limits to US assistance

Activities such as that which, in recent weeks, embroiled this county and Venezuela in another controversy are nothing new in American history. Though the word “filibustering” is normally confined to politics these days, it had another use during part of the 19th century. Then, it referred ...

Leave no stone unturned in Liberty probe

We, like many in the Mahoning Valley and especially residents of Liberty Township, are wondering how this ever was able to happen. We are speaking, of course, about the allegations of ongoing drug activity at a Liberty Township fire station, the overdose death of a firefighter and then the ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To all the volunteers who came out amid the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure fallen servicemen and -women were honored this past Memorial Day by placing American flags on graves or patriotic wreaths at cemetery entrances throughout the area. In Trumbull County, the Memorial Day ...

Make permanent COVID program for older Ohioans

A state program for Ohioans 60 years of age and older ought to outlive the COVID-19 epidemic, even though the outbreak prompted officials to launch it. It is the “Staying Connected” initiative, an automated service by which older Buckeye State residents are contacted by phone once per day ...

Falls should drop speed camera idea

Newton Falls was correct to table discussions about adding a speed camera program to village law enforcement, and now should permanently toss the idea out. Attributing the idea in part to the coronavirus pandemic that heightened awareness of social distancing to help protect law enforcement ...

Demand Taliban must steer clear of terrorism

While we Americans were paying tribute to our fallen heroes during Memorial Day weekend, Muslims here and abroad were marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even in Afghanistan, there was a pause in hostilities between government and Taliban forces. It came as U.S. and Taliban ...

Trust Ohioans to self-police as state reopens

As operations at Ohio businesses, including restaurants, bars, retailers and now gyms, salons and others are permitted to resume amid a “flattening curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents are eager to get out of the house, albeit with new restrictions. The guidelines spelled out ...

Postal service owes LaRose, voters answers

Don’t you just love bureaucratese, the language used so often by government officials in attempts to put lipstick on the proverbial pig? Ohioans may have a new candidate for the government-speak hall of fame. It is a statement by U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive ...

Remember fallen in a new way, and look toward future

Today we mark Memorial Day, the national observance in which we to pay homage to those who’ve died in military service to our country. As we honor our fallen service men and women, many of us also use the opportunity to remember our deceased loved ones. This year, many of us will be ...

County must be prudent in hiring process

Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda remains adamant that some hires need to be made immediately in the Sanitary Engineer’s office, despite the possibility of some revenue loss in that department due to lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fellow commissioner Dan Polivka is not ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Brookfield and Liberty boards of education for agreeing to share services as an attempt to cut spending. The school districts will share a bus mechanic. The co-op will cut costs by tens of thousands of dollars for each district. • ORCHID: To nonprofit group Rock4Reason for ...

Annie Glenn soared as well

Annie Glenn was far more than just the wife of a hero. Her own courage and determination shown brightly, too. Glenn, 100, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19. Upon learning of her passing, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine summed her up well: “She represented all that is good about our ...

Elections board correct to seek outside probe

Whether intentional or not, it appears a violation occurred when the head of the local Republican Party circulated petitions for an independent candidate hoping to challenge Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa. Even now, the candidacy of Dennis Malloy of Bazetta remains in ...

Summer school may aid students who fell behind

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school in person — we hope ...

Graduates earn praise and honor, especially this year

This is the time of year when we typically use this space to send praise and congratulations to high school graduates for their hard work and dedication. Yes, we do that today, but we know this year is different. This year, we honor students not just for their 12 years of dedication and ...