Editorials

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To community, business and labor leaders working together to send a message to General Motors. The “Drive it Home” initiative, intended to urge GM to support growing its investment at the GM Lordstown Complex, kicks off officially Monday at the United Auto Workers Local 1112 ...

Today make a commitment to quit smoking

Did you do it? If you didn’t, it’s still not too late to clear the air, so to speak. This week marked the annual Great American Smokeout — when smokers are urged to make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It’s a great first step to stopping an extremely bad habit that ...

It takes us all to combat hate crimes

An FBI report released this week indicates U.S. hate crimes spiked 17 percent in 2017 — a rise for the third straight year — with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, the Associated Press reports. There were 7,175 reported hate crimes last year, up from 6,121 in 2016. ...

We share hope for success of new Levin store

The opening of the new Levin Furniture in Niles came earlier this month with flair and optimism. Celebrating its 99th year in business, the store’s general manager expressed great enthusiasm and desire to be doing business right here in the Mahoning Valley. The company was so interested ...

Delayed rollout of med marijuana must come to end

Ohio will miss yet another mark in its march toward the sale of medical marijuana — this one an assurance that sales could begin by the end of November. That is not going to happen. According to Mark Hamlin, of the Ohio Department of Commerce, the two testing labs closest to opening are ...

Delayed rollout of med marijuana must come to end

Ohio will miss yet another mark in its march toward the sale of medical marijuana — this one an assurance that sales could begin by the end of November. That is not going to happen. According to Mark Hamlin, of the Ohio Department of Commerce, the two testing labs closest to opening are ...

Use research to avoid errors on prescriptions

Ohio’s “medicinal marijuana” program is just getting off the ground. Already, it is being suggested state officials should add a new health condition to the list of those for which cannabis can be prescribed as a remedy: opioid addiction. There is evidence the active ingredient derived ...

Negotiations, compromise better than suit

Little is resolved when public agencies or political entities sue one another. When that happens, both sides lose because the taxpayers end up footing the bill. The only winners, really, are the attorneys who are paid well to litigate the matter. That’s what is going to happen now that ...

Return levies to taxpayers if state does same

Newton Falls Board of Education members are considering placing a 1.5 percent or 1.75 percent earned income tax levy on the 2019 ballot. School officials say the money is needed to help “get our general fund healthy.” One day after voters defeated a continuous 11.7-mill substitute levy ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To all the adoptive parents who have now officially welcomed new children into their lives following last week’s “Adoption Day” in Trumbull County Probate Court. Among the children legally adopted was the Trumbull County foster child previously known as “Jaime,” who gained ...

Carry on the tradition of deceased vet

Veterans Day should serve as a reminder of what those who served ensured for us: our freedom. But it should not be the only day we call that to mind. In fact, we Americans should offer thanks to our veterans every day, although especially on Veterans Day. In honor of this solemn day, ...

Crimes by clergy should be prosecuted

It is clear to us that although knowledge of “credible” accusations of sexual abuse within the Youngstown Catholic Diocese existed for decades, church leaders decided among themselves that it would be preferable to handle these issues in-house rather than calling for outside criminal ...

Pick up campaign signs now before they turn to litter

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting dozens of political candidates have been demonstrations of the vigor of our system of government. Now, they are just litter. Some candidates and their supporters started the process of picking up their signs Tuesday. It is pleasing to note that ...

Pay attention, slow down at school bus stops

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in our area. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not ...

It’s Election Day, do your duty and get to the polls

For some Ohioans, today’s election is more important in many ways than if Buckeye State voters were helping to elect a president. Both on local candidates and issues and those affecting the entire state, critical decisions need to be made at the polls. It is not difficult these days to ...

Dire effects could come with Issue 1

In many ways, the most important decision Ohioans will make in the election Tuesday has nothing to do with candidates for public office. It will be whether to declare defeat in the war against substance abuse. A proposed amendment to the state constitution, Issue 1, is on the ballot. Its ...

It’s time to try something new in 13th District

During his 16 years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, said he’s won $300 million for local projects, fought issues like unfair trade, globalization that hurts the local economy and has been forward thinking in job creation by helping fund Warren’s Tech Belt Energy ...

Joyce should keep Congressional post

We endorse Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. David Joyce of Bainbridge over his Democratic challenger Betsy Rader of Novelty for 14th Congressional District representative. Joyce has worked well across the aisle, and has prioritized economic growth through corporate tax reduction and combating ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the staff, students and administration at LaBrae Local School District for the amazing job they did in accommodating the many needs for the 13th District Congressional debate sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle this week in the LaBrae High School auditorium. Not only was it a ...

Stay healthy during cold, flu season

It’s that time of year again: cold, flu, seasonal allergies — the “crud.” It seems as though there is constantly something going around, whether at school, work, church or even within families. As always during this season, there are a few things a person can do to reduce the chances of ...