Editorials

More scandal at the UN is not a surprise

The World Health Organization is riddled with corruption, racism and sexism, say some United Nations officials. After decades in which it was obvious some key arms of the UN are rotten to the core, some cynicism is fully warranted. So is the outlook that the current scandal will be covered up ...

Gov. DeWine’s early actions speak loudly

That it was just two days after his gubernatorial inauguration when Mike DeWine made an overnight trek to Detroit in the name of saving the Lordstown General Motors plant speaks volumes about what we can expect from our state’s new CEO. The message he delivered to GM President and CEO Mary ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the W.D. Packard Concert Band, Trumbull Town Hall Foundation, JAC Management and an additional anonymous donor who have given thousands of dollars toward purchase of a sorely needed new Packard Music Hall marquee. So far, about $45,000 has been raised toward the $50,000 to ...

Any defense of bigotry is unacceptable

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true or not can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of ...

Delay new levy attempts to see DeWine’s plans

After an unsuccessful attempt to pass an additional 1-mill operating levy in November, Mecca voted this week to try again in May. The reason: It is struggling to make ends meet after losing about $30,000 per year in local government funds to its general fund budget over the last 10 years. ...

Unusual tactics needed to end this shutdown

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

Slate is clean for new Ohio Gov. DeWine

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his political options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans are resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already. He has appointed one of ...

Ashtabula Port successes offer good example

It’s been one year since the Western Reserve Port Authority lost the regular Allegiant Air vacation flights from Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to points south. And it’s been more than two years since the airport offered — albeit shortlived — daily connecting flights to Chicago ...

Local teachers should set plan in their class

Ohio schools will likely feel little effect from the U.S. Department of Education’s rollback of Obama-era warnings to schools about the number of suspensions being handed out to minority students. At the time, there was concern that minority students across the country were being suspended ...

Government pay raises are shameful

Think about how many times in just the last year the Tribune Chronicle has reported on government officials arguing about budget shortfalls, wringing their hands over the loss of local government funds and insisting the only possible way to make ends meet is to ask taxpayers to foot the bill ...

Orchids and Onions – Jan. 12, 2019

• ORCHID: To Warren Councilwoman Helen Rucker for calling for use of body cameras on Warren police officers. Rucker this week said the reason is twofold: to protect the city’s police from unsubstantiated allegations and also give citizens a sense of confidence. Her argument is sound and ...

Sound off!

• Regarding Saturday’s headlines, “Five kids killed heading to Disney in crash,” and “Jailed American collected Russian contracts” (1) This is senseless, horrific loss of life and answers are needed immediately! (2) Why can’t we talk to one another even in our own country ...

Implement new school reform rules

Once again, Ohio legislators have failed to make up that incomplete grade in School Reform. Sooner or later, Buckeye State residents are going to decide it ought to be changed to an F. In 2014, state leaders decided it was time to ensure diplomas granted to high school graduates reflect a ...

Use-of-force cases should be transparent

The NAACP is right to demand transparency in the investigation of last week’s police-involved shooting in Niles, but calls for transparency should not begin and end with this incident. In fact, we’ve been demanding it for years, seeking public access to details of all incidents involving ...

Reinvent to slow the loss of population

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state see unemployment considerably higher, or, like in Trumbull County, are anticipating massive job losses this ...

Infrastructure shortfall an urgent issue

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...

Police involved in shootings must be named

So far, Niles police officials are declining requests to release names of officers on paid administrative leave following last week’s fatal shooting of a suspect in the parking lot of a Royal Mall apartment building. Sadly, it seems this is becoming the standard response when Trumbull ...

Orchids and Onions – Jan. 5, 2019

• ORCHID: To nurses and other medical personnel who reacted swiftly and appropriately when high winds and storms had the power flickering New Year’s Eve in Warren’s two hospitals. • ORCHID: To Cortland for its successful attempt to obtain a $25,000 state grant to erect the new ...

Pros and cons come with new police video bill

New legislation spelling out when Ohio police body camera and cruiser dash camera footage may or may not be released to the public should bring mixed reaction from the public. We do not deny there is a critical need for Ohio law to uniformly clarify the question of when police body camera ...

Demand high child care standards

Buckeye State child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the ...