Editorials

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To nearly a dozen local school districts that held their students in lockdown Thursday, even after regular dismissal time because of warnings of tornadoes and dangerous weather. While many students probably think this deserves an ONION, the truth is, threat of deadly weather is nothing ...

Celebrate our city with third Homecoming

Hooray for the planners and organizers of the third annual Warren Homecoming going on in our city this weekend! And hooray for the visitors and for the people that never stopped calling Warren home! The Warren Homecoming event has been successful for the past two years in celebrating all ...

Warren must uphold firing of city worker

Now that longtime Warren city worker Dennis Griffing was convicted and sentenced Wednesday for stealing a lawn mower from the city operations department, the city must not delay on enforcing the settlement agreement that calls for Griffing’s firing and ensuring that he is not permitted to ...

Stop theatrics and respect the process

How many of us would like to have our lives judged entirely from our teenage years? If fleeting youthful indiscretions could not be erased by years of reasonable, mature behavior, few of us would ever have amounted to anything. Democrat leaders in the U.S. Senate are in a panic to stop the ...

Time to honor anniversary of US Constitution

This week we honor our Constitution, the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of Independence 11 years before. There to reform the Articles ...

Naming bridge will honor, help remember Leo

The name and supreme sacrifice of Girard police officer Justin Leo is not likely to be forgotten any time soon. Of course, most local residents still easily recall Leo’s name, as the Girard patrolman who was gunned down needlessly in the line of duty nearly a year ago. He had been ...

Stolen truck set off positive end result

Sometimes positive changes occur only when negative incidents hit close to home. That’s what happened when Trumbull County Treasurer Sam Lamancusa’s personal pickup truck — a 1994 F-150 — was stolen from the county administration building parking lot in December 2016. It was that ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, or ASAP, for hosting last week’s 6th annual Rally for Recovery in an effort to raise awareness to the ongoing opioid drug crisis and also to instill confidence that recovery is very possible. More than 500 people attended the rally ...

Hospital growth, competition adds to quality of life

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of residents in Trumbull County has increased every year since at least 2010, when the median age was 42.8. In 2017, Trumbull County’s median age increased to 44.4. Of course, aging populations bring increased need for health care ...

Move TJX court case along rapidly

The opponents of the jobs and economic growth planned for the seven parcels of land on 290 acres near the Ohio Turnpike and Ellsworth Bailey Road waited too long to question the legality of state legislation that paved the way for an accelerated referendum election on the matter. This group, ...

Caution critical in setting medical marijuana rules

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They are still waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...

Commissioners right to leave position unfilled

The Trumbull County commissioners made the right decision last week when they announced they would opt against replacing Trumbull County Administrator Rebecca Gerson. Gerson fled abruptly after just five months in her three-faceted job as Trumbull County administrator / purchasing director / ...

Wind farm restrictions are reasonable

Wind farms to generate electricity are wonderful for the environment, Americans have been led to believe. The truth is more complicated. Tall towers on which enormous spinning blades are mounted can be massive killers of birds. Officials at the Ohio Power Siting Board want to minimize that ...

Government must recall who pays bills

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

More money does not always solve problems

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Reward for interns comes in experience

For decades and decades, congressional interns have worked primarily without pay, assisting their elected leaders and those staffers already on the burgeoning federal government payroll in Washington, D.C., offices. This week, U.S. Rep. Timothy Ryan, D-Howland, who is the ranking member of the ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To members of First United Methodist Church of Niles who spent time recently collecting donations for the Wags 4 Warriors program. The money will be used to train a K-9 service dog for a local veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. • ORCHID: To local organizers ...

Conflicts of interest must be addressed

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Internet access should receive bi-partisan focus

Expanding high-speed internet access to rural areas is critical in our region. Too many Ohioans, including some in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, lack what has become a virtual necessity. One obstacle to that is knowing precisely what areas already have broadband service. The system relied ...

Good work helps to keep memory alive

Cindy Michael has never stopped fighting for the memory of her daughter, Lena Cross, and her two grandsons, Mason Cross, 5, and Christian Pizzulo, 1, who were murdered inside their Girard home nearly 13 years ago. The murders remain unsolved, and while Michael remains hopeful of resolution, ...