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Editorials

Look beyond GM assembly to new future

While we are pleased to see the work stoppage at General Motors approaching a conclusion, like most residents in the Mahoning Valley, we are saddened and disturbed that the contract also brings a finality to GM’s Lordstown complex. Terms of the tentative four-year agreement reached last ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Matt Davis of Warren, who is a walking example of why opioid overdose revivals with Narcan are not a wasted effort. Davis, 30, admits his life was a mess as he overdosed and was brought back more times than he can remember. But it saved his life long enough to turn it around, and ...

Mayor debate should go on in Warren

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin wants his challenger Randy Law to explain why Law has been getting political backing from a particular Marietta-based group. Franklin is so interested in the connection between Law and a political action committee calling itself “America’s Tomorrow” that ...

Sex crimes must not be swept away

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. She ...

Don’t promote opioids despite alternatives

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

Science proves rethinking issues finds new answers

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Don’t let automaking future slip by

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is vowing an “all-electric future” when it comes to new automobiles. To get there, GM has been wading through a restructuring plan in attempts to raise cash to help develop 20 electric models that it plans to sell worldwide by 2023. Organized labor has ...

Debate ideas from DeWine with respect

Nothing Gov. Mike DeWine proposed last week has not been discussed previously, in one form or another. That makes it certain the governor’s agenda will be the subject of sustained, sometimes fierce, debate. Personal liberties and gun control are the subjects, after all. After a gunman ...

Hyperloop could bring new options

Is it an amazing way to create new regionalization and improved economic development? Or is it nothing but a pie-in-the-sky waste of money? No one can say for sure yet, but we think the possibility of a northeast Ohio “hyperloop” — a high-speed passenger and / or cargo train — is ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To elected leaders from Warren, Trumbull County and other communities seeking a more regionalized public transportation plan. Warren Mayor Doug Franklin this week asked the Ohio Department of Transportation undesignate his city as a recipient of state and federal transit funds in ...

Judge faces criticism for compassion

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

Get to bottom of allegations against airline

Not all whistleblowers are involved in the attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. Some are worried about a more critical matter — the safety of airline passengers. Ethiopian Airlines’ former chief engineer, Yonas Yeshanew, is seeking asylum in the United States after resigning from ...

Pass Ohio bill to help curb teen suicide

Public schools already are overwhelmed with mandates requiring them to devote time and resources to special initiatives. Now, the Ohio House of Representatives wants middle and high schools to do more to prevent suicide among children. You may ask: Do we really need that? Here are some facts ...

Send message to help fight breast cancer

Local women like Michelle Trighese or Chris Zifchak are fighters. So are countless other women like them from the Mahoning Valley. They fight not only regular day-to-day struggles that face all of us, but also the very real possibility that breast cancer might get the best of them. Trighese, ...

Confidence lacking after DEA’s failures

“We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Regionalized efforts always a good practice

We long have argued in support of regionalized government efforts in the name of cost savings and economics. Road salt purchases and storage are just another example of a good reason for local governments to work together. Under Ohio Environmental Protection Agency standards for ...

Intimidation in politics is always wrong

Attempting to intimidate people who are taking active parts in politics is not acceptable. Period. It appears to be happening in some areas of Ohio, however. A bill signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this year is at the root of the problem. Known as House Bill 6, the measure will ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To organizers and participants in today’s 16th annual Garrett Wonders Bike Ride that begins in Warren and extends 20 to 50 miles. The event is named after the prominent young cyclist and Warren G. Harding graduate who was killed by a careless driver on a training ride for the 2004 ...

Congress must multitask on controversies

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of ...

Feds make right choice in drug fight

For once, the folks in Washington, D.C., appear to have gotten something right in helping Ohio deal with the substance abuse epidemic that threatens at least a generation. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved a substance use disorder demonstration waiver ...