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Editorials

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To retired high school choir director Craig Carson who devotes much of his time to directing “Men of Praise,” the inmate choir at Trumbull Correctional Institution in Warren. Carson has volunteered at the prison since 2002. Carson said although some of the inmates in the choir ...

Many questions surround latest attack on a base

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Politics finally take back seat to right action

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democrat lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has ...

As US carbon emissions drop, China’s grows

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary- General Antonio Guterres last week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

College deaths not always just accidents

Reports of young men and sometimes young women injured, sometimes fatally, at college fraternity activities seem to be regular occurrences. Give higher education officials credit for cracking down with actions ranging from shutting fraternities down to expelling students. No doubt that has ...

US should be good neighbor, help Mexico

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Moment worth memorializing in our Valley

It was a quiet moment in baseball history, yet it’s been called the handshake of the century. And now the Mahoning Valley could be home to this symbolic sign of racial equality and respect. A larger-than-life bronze statue will commemorate the inspiring 1946 handshake of Jackie Robinson, ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To developer Mark Marvin and all those involved in the amazing renovation and resurgence of Warren’s Robins Theatre, set to open officially next month, but soft opening today with a sneak peak preview. After a nearly $6 million renovation, this beautiful 97-year-old venue will ...

Community colleges deserve more respect

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community College, began ...

Taking school funds won’t solve problem

Punishing underperforming school districts by taking away taxpayer funds will not help solve the problem. In fact, the result could be the very opposite. We believe cutting funding from school districts that are struggling in their academic assessments will only further exacerbate the ...

We must not give in to the Taliban

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

Collaboration, cooperation alive in Ohio

Politicians are accused often of being too loyal to their respective party lines to work together effectively. Indeed, it sometimes seems as if officeholders are more interested in protecting their own bureaucratic turf than in efficiency on behalf of the public. But in Ohio, two state ...

Consider new asylum policy

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Tips for staying warm safely as temps drop

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and fire departments are warning residents there also is an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm is ...

Warren wrong to consider permanent tax

It’s been said there is nothing more permanent than a temporary tax. If Warren leaders have their way, it seems that cliche could come to fruition. The ink was barely dry on last month’s city-wide elections when freshly elected officials began broaching their intentions to make ...

Orchids & onions

• ORCHID: to Howland High School senior Christian Sincich, who was one of 185 high school musicians from among 4,000 who auditioned to participate as part of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Christian has been working toward this goal for ...

‘Immorality’ doesn’t play into policies

During visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Sunday, Pope Francis pronounced that, “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral.” He added, “As is the possession of atomic weapons.” For many years, the Roman Catholic Church seemed to sanction policies by the United ...

As Americans, we must count our blessings

Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy material wealth that is the envy of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself is a ...

Newton Falls should continue with rate reduction

Newton Falls residents probably are skeptical about reports that the village is considering a 5.8 percent reduction in electric rates. Council held first reading this month to approve a new rate schedule to take effect in January. If approved, 600 kilowatts usage that costs $95 will be ...

Legislature or court should take up Tennessee case

A substantial number of people who once were unwavering supporters of capital punishment have become opponents. Their conviction that some vicious criminals should pay the ultimate price remains firm. But revelations that a substantial number of people convicted of crimes were innocent ...