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Editorials

Orchids and onions

● ORCHID: To the Lordstown Energy Center for donating $10,008 to Lordstown schools to pay off all student school cafeteria debt. The students now may start the new school year with a clean slate. ● ONION: However, to school district parents who have allowed their children’s lunch ...

Commit first to hydropower energy efforts

With all the talk about renewable energy in America, we have heard little about one old reliable source — hydropower. Fortunately, although hydroelectricity seems to have been sidelined by emphasis on technologies including wind and solar power, it has not been forgotten. More than a year ...

Debate vaccine distribution now, not later

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

Police shooting probe must be thorough, swift

Anytime police officers are involved in a use-of-force incident, countless questions exist that require prompt investigation and answers. That becomes even more pressing when a fatality occurs, as did in the shooting of David Lee Rigg, 44, late Monday night after a standoff with Warren ...

Be skeptical of pre-election social media

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election now less than three months away, that should come as no ...

Get addiction help for you, your kids’ sake

There can be no argument that children have the best chance at lifelong success if they are guided by strong role models and strict boundaries in their formative years. That’s why we are so saddened when we must publish news stories in the Tribune Chronicle about parents who fail in their ...

Nursing home residents must be protected

About 40 percent of the more than 146,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to happen. Many of the deaths occurred during ...

‘Build the Bridge’ program teaching athletes life lessons

High school sports is about so much more than just competition. Most athletes, coaches and parents already know it’s about building character, learning discipline on personal fitness or time management, and perhaps most of all, teamwork. And now it’s about even more than all that. ...

Orchids and onions

● ORCHID: To the Vienna Historical Society and its president, Christine Novicky, for completing the tedious project of recording data about all cemetery markers at several Vienna Township cemeteries and making the information available on www.findagrave.com. The information now can be used to ...

Ohio House did its job; now it’s time to release all names

A record-setting scandal in Ohio politics is being alleged by federal prosecutors — but half the players have not yet been identified. Buckeye State residents and all Americans worried about corruption in government deserve to get the rest of the story very soon. Then-Ohio House Speaker ...

State must hold GM accountable

Ohio’s Tax Credit Authority is expected next month to assess whether General Motors should repay the state $60.3 million in tax incentives for its former assembly plant in Lordstown. The authority should rule that GM must pay back the full amount it received in tax credits because it closed ...

Rethink Trumbull MetroParks levy spending plan

We are extremely troubled by preliminary spending plans offered by Trumbull County MetroParks leadership for funds that could come from a proposed new operating levy. Voters countywide will see the 0.6-mill, 10-year operating levy on their November ballots. If it passes, it will raise about ...

Urgent action needed on new COVID relief

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved quickly. ...

Householder lost Ohioans’ trust; remove him now

Since he was arrested last week in connection with a $60 million bribery scheme, Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder has resisted calls that he step down from the post. That leaves lawmakers no choice but to remove him. Though there are questions about the mechanics of ...

Don’t forget fight against other maladies

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in ...

HB6 delivered blow to Valley; repeal it now

We, like all Ohioans, are disgusted with allegations of high-stakes bribery in exchange for political favors in the Ohio Statehouse. The allegations made public Tuesday are focused on Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and his fight for passage of a nuclear bailout bill that adds a ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To organizers and all those involved in this year’s fundraiser — a virtual run — for the Officer Justin Leo Scholarship Foundation, which offers scholarships to area students. Leo, a Girard police officer, was killed in 2017 in the line of duty. In light of this year’s ...

New funding helps schools react to COVID

The Ohio Controlling Board has approved $300 million in federal funding for schools — $200 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund for higher education and $100 million for K-12 schools. That is in addition to hundreds of millions already allocated out of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and ...

Education funds must be priority amid pandemic

School, both public and private, will be quite different this fall. In many states, classrooms that normally would have been open by mid-August will not be occupied until September or October, if then. Schools in the Mahoning Valley have been releasing their plans slowly, cautioning that the ...

Many questions surround VA hospital deaths

Reta Mays’ spree as a serial killer ended in July 2018 — but only after she got away with murdering military veterans for a year. Now that she has been unmasked, the question of how Mays got away with her evil for so long needs to be answered. Last week in U.S. District Court in West ...