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Editorials

Simply ‘following science’ not always key

We’ve been urged to “follow the science” so many times during the past eight months that we suspect many people are growing sick of the advice. Besides, what if the scientists aren’t following the science? Some of them are not. Americans became justifiably suspicious of the World ...

Malloy’s fresh ideas, vision deserve chance

Mauro Cantalamessa has grown in his role as Trumbull County commissioner since his appointment in 2014. He has stood his ground on certain controversial issues and, at times, has split from other commissioners on issues involving things like public transportation and sanitary sewer development ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To everyone involved in renaming and dedicating the North State Street, Girard, bridge, as “Purple Heart Veterans Bridge.” It is the 10th Trumbull County bridge renamed to memorialize veterans, but the first in Girard. The effort is important for honoring veterans and giving the ...

Kokrak win shows that persistence, hard work pay off

How exciting it is for the Mahoning Valley to be able to call one of our own a PGA champion. We couldn’t be prouder of Warren John F. Kennedy High School graduate Jason Kokrak, who earlier this week claimed the CJ Cup title at Shadow Creek Golf Course in North Las Vegas. In doing so, ...

Sound off!

Thanks to Trumbull County Board of Elections staff during unique circumstances. We voted early previously and the board office was always congested, so we had concerns. Very pleased with ease of voting this year. Great idea to move early voting to the Chase building with safety protocols of ...

Time is now to discuss vaccine distribution

We Americans, collectively, were not ready for the coronavirus epidemic. We ought to be ready for the recovery. We are pleased to see local boards of health already are reviewing guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, in preparation for anticipated ...

Rep. O’Brien should keep statehouse seat

Martha Yoder, the Republican challenger for the 64th statehouse seat, continues to impress us with her knowledge and ideas for representing the residents of Trumbull and Ashtabula counties. She shares great compassion on social issues involving the disabled and the elderly. Yoder, 55, of ...

Beware of the power wielded by social media

Monopolistic control over how information is disseminated is a bigger problem for Americans now than were such domination of the oil, steel and automobile industries a century or so ago. The problem was on glaringly bright display last week. A story reported initially by the New York Post ...

Election letters deadline is today

Today is the last day that letters addressing election topics will be accepted for publication in this newspaper’s print publication before the Nov. 3 election. Election letters received after the deadline may appear on the newspaper’s website. Letters should be respectful of all ...

Action needed to fix wrongs at Ohio State

When an institution has a decadeslong pattern of covering up or failing to acknowledge abuse by one of its own, it is necessary for both the well-being of the victims and of that institution to do everything possible to set the situation right. We see the degree to which institutions ranging ...

Don’t use COVID-19 as route to fund unrelated projects

It is doubtful the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., would have foreseen a time when a bit of sarcasm attributed to him would become obsolete. Sometime during the 1960s, it is said, Dirksen warned against apathy regarding the national debt by commenting, “A billion here and a billion ...

New tech helps in fight against child predators

Among the very worst evils in our world is sexual abuse of children. But many of the predators engaged in it have an enemy powerful enough to strike fear in them. Operating far enough under the radar that we doubt many people have heard of it, an organization in Boca Raton, Florida, has a ...

Discrimination in government can’t be tolerated

Overwhelmingly, we Americans are not bigots. It grates on us to be accused of tolerating “systemic” racism. Then we read or hear about situations such as one last year at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Here, in case you missed it, is part of The Associated Press report on the ...

Gil Blair should keep 63rd district seat in statehouse

It was less than a month after former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested and eventually removed from his speakership when newly appointed local lawmaker Gil Blair of Weathersfield co-sponsored legislation to face the issue of public corruption head on. Householder’s charges ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Howland High School students and artists from Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren who spent last weekend painting two crosswalks by Howland Middle School on South Street SE near Market Street. The group used paw and tiger-stripe stencils for the designs created by art students at ...

Legislators must find Ohioans help amid pandemic

Ohioans are not out of the woods yet when it comes to the economic challenges accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, initial claims for unemployment compensation have risen for the third week in a row. For the week ending Oct. 10, 20,090 Ohioans filed jobless claims, a 15 percent ...

Bravo to sides for quick end to YSU strike

Bravo to Youngstown State University’s faculty union, YSU-OEA, and also to the YSU administration for putting their full weight into bargaining into the wee hours of the morning Thursday, and not leaving until they were successful at ironing out their differences. That’s when the sides ...

Work to end YSU strike for students’ sake

Unwilling to accept the contract proposal offered by Youngstown State University, members of the faculty union began striking Monday morning. The impact was not significant during the first two days of the work stoppage, as there were no classes Monday and Tuesday because of the previously ...

Kidnapping plot tactics are not American

If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror and disgust. Real Americans do not attempt to change either society or government by force. Those who do so ...

Patriotism, heroism still alive in US

Many Americans worry that traditional values such as patriotism and true heroism are becoming rare in our nation. Hershel “Woody” Williams is a living argument to the contrary. Williams ought to be holed up at his home in Ona, West Virginia. At 97 years of age, he is well within the ...