Editorials

Episode drives home value of 2nd Amendment

An attack last week by a would-be purse snatcher is the perfect example of how pistol-packing law-abiding citizens are able to protect themselves. The Willard Avenue woman told our reporter she “prayed I never had to” fire her handgun. But when an unknown man tried to rob her in her ...

Candidates should support America’s energy independence

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...

Get paperwork for home in order before death

Over this last year we have spoken repeatedly about being prepared to sell or buy a home. While there are many things you can do to prepare a house to sell, or prepare yourself to buy, are you prepared to sell your home if you weren’t alive? Some of the hardest conversations Realtors have ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To organizers in Austintown, Vienna and Bazetta for coordinating again this year an annual remembrance ceremony of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So many children weren’t even alive when the attacks happened that we must continue to honor the heroes and all those who lost their lives ...

Orchids and onions

• Orchid: To organizers in Austintown, Vienna and Bazetta for coordinating again this year an annual remembrance ceremony of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So many children weren’t even alive when the attacks happened that we must continue to honor the heroes and all those who lost their lives ...

Stop vaping at least until we know more

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 ...

See hometown through eyes of someone else

Sometimes it’s difficult to see what’s really before us. We recently published a feature story about Pia Morris as part of our series of profiles designed to share the interesting stories of people living and working in our communities. In the article that published on our front page ...

Recall how Americans stand united

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States 18 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not ...

Not sure if you are registered? It’s easy to check

Tens of thousands of people on Ohio voter registration rolls should not be there. Some have changed addresses. Others have died. Some may not have cast ballots in many years. Getting those names off the registration lists is an important aspect of election security. Last week, a federal judge ...

All endangered species deserve to be protected

Apparently, if you are rich enough, you can slaughter endangered species until your bloodlust is sated. Among animals the federal government deems worthy of protection is the black rhinoceros. Only about 5,500 of them remain alive in the wild. Namibia is home to nearly half that number, and ...

Updating is necessary for watch list

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

Give close watch to NY online decision

Attorneys general in 49 states — including ours — may want to take a look at a big payout from the Google YouTube online service. Google has been fined $136 million by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it harvested personal data about children without seeking their parents’ ...

Some change will do you good

Change isn’t often easy — and at 52, I haven’t been a fan of it for several years. But sometimes when change is thrust upon you, you find yourself wondering why you were concerned. That was the position I found myself in a couple of months ago when The Vindicator suddenly ann-ounced ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To dozens of local school districts in Trumbull and Mahoning counties that have been operating ahead of the curve on social-emotional learning guidelines that recently were adopted at the state level. These important programs already have been successfully implemented for years in ...

Eliminating fossil fuel use not practical

We Americans are renowned worldwide for our ingenuity and resourcefulness. When we encounter challenges, we find ways to overcome them. That makes proposals by several Democratic candidates for president quite puzzling. Where, pray tell, is the can-do American spirit? Five of the candidates ...

Come quickly to aid Bahamas after Dorian

What happened to people in the Bahamas during the weekend is difficult to comprehend. For a full day and a half, Hurricane Dorian parked itself directly over the Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Sustained winds as high as 185 mph, torrential rain and 20-foot storm surges brutalized our ...

Investigation into Epstein must continue

A few of the women victimized by the late Jeffrey Epstein got their day in court last week, and some expressed frustration that they will never see him there. Epstein, the rich sexual abuser who committed suicide in jail earlier this summer, was to have been tried on various charges that he ...

Show support for Chinese protesters

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Temporary pause in purge is prudent

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose indeed is required by law to oversee a cleanup of voter registration lists in the state’s 88 counties. However, reports of serious errors in the process suggest pausing it for a time may not be a bad idea. Some Democratic Party leaders, in a pattern seen ...

Temporary pause in purge is prudent

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose indeed is required by law to oversee a cleanup of voter registration lists in the state’s 88 counties. However, reports of serious errors in the process suggest pausing it for a time may not be a bad idea. Some Democratic Party leaders, in a pattern seen ...