Editorials

New voting machines are a success

Voting went smoothly in Trumbull County during the May 7 primary election and in the weeks of early voting leading up to the election. The successful and speedy Election Day process was due in large part to the addition of new voting machines that should create an extra sense of confidence ...

School bill must not be passed hastily

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...

John and Annie Glenn honored as real heroes

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord was dedicated as a site on ...

America’s patience has its limits

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Real-life heroes still do exist

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado May 7. Life-saving courage enough was shown by a ...

Police body armor well worth expense

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To local organization “Citizens Uniting Citizens,” espousing a goal of helping recently incarcerated people become productive members of society. Last year, they spoke to 250 inmates and worked with 150. The provide outfits to ex-convicts and reach out to help them bridge the ...

Online post shows failure at teaching

Set aside for a moment the absurd concept of “promposals” that has seized the social media generation and driven them to try to outdo each other with outrageous ways to ask their dates to the prom. One “promposal” in central Ohio is not only outrageous, it is demonstrative of the ...

Don’t let this horror happen where we live

When California sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home of David and Louise Turpin last year, they found what some have described as “a house of horrors.” First, the deputies had to unshackle the Turpins’ 22-year-old son from the bed to which he had been chained. Then, they had to get ...

Composting humans is going too far

Modern Americans have enough environmental concerns without inventing new ones. Someone may want to suggest that to the folks in Washington state, who are considering what many people might consider a strange new law — at least partly on the grounds of protecting the environment. Washington ...

Remind Kim with whom he is dealing

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets ...

Conservation bill should be approved

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Using data correctly does solve crimes

Officially, the crime that took place behind a house in Martins Ferry Sept. 20, 1997, may have been listed as a “cold case.” It’s suspected that isn’t how the victim viewed it for more than two decades. She was 5 years old when she was raped. The harm her assailant caused is virtually ...

Ensure the Holocaust is not forgotten

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tell about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Alter behavior to preserve all species on earth

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. They ...

Ban payouts from camera companies

Tennessee-based Blue Line solutions collected $786,740 as its percentage of the 15,097 handheld camera speeding tickets issued to people driving too fast through the city of Girard last year. The city collected $1.18 million of the total $1.9 million that motorists coughed up last year. ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Newton Falls village council for entering into a contract with the YSU Office of External Affairs, Government Affairs and Economic development to receive assistance for economic and community development projects. The $30,000 cost includes services like grant writing that could ...

Opioid study must examine evolution

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.2 of every 100,000 deaths in Ohio in 2017 were opioid-related overdoses. That rate is second only to West Virginia’s. To combat the problem, Ohio State University will lead a group of experts and six universities in spending a ...

Sound off!

• Just a little more than 3,000 Warren voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election out of 40,000 residents. What a sad statement about their citizenship. No interest and obviously no interest in the city. — Warren • Grace Fellowship Church bought McMenamy’s but is going to LaBrae ...

Keep cautious optimism on plant’s future

Without a doubt, we all would have rather heard news this week that General Motors is reallocating a vehicle to the Lordstown plant and that it would be operating again soon. That, of course, was not the case, and instead it became abundantly clear that GM is not contemplating reopening the ...