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Editorials

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To John F. Kennedy Junior High School students who recently took part in "K-Day" activities to aid the homeless and needy. The event, part of Catholic Schools Week, is important because it teaches the value of volunteerism and leadership, while helping others.ORCHID: To LaBrae School ...

Federal parks are worthy of hike in funds

New is good if you are a politician. You like to be able to announce new programs and new facilities such as recreational areas.But what about what we have already?As those who love the national park system celebrate its 100th birthday this year, some of what we revere is falling apart, ...

Mandates often fail to improve quality of life

The federal government's social engineers never seem to learn. Time and time again their mandates issued in the name of consumerism make life tougher, not better.They're back. Now, they are mandating that retailers who accept food stamps must stock wider varieties of healthy foods.Retailers ...

Voters, not party should make decision

The Democratic party on the local, state and even national level often is criticized for hand picking its candidates for political office before the voters have had a chance to speak up.We have consistently voiced our frustration with the practice, and it apparently is equally frustrating to ...

Only amendments should change the Constitution

Liberal activists disliked the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia intensely because he refused to listen to arguments that appeals court judges should view the Constitution as a "living document" to be interpreted differently as years passed and our nation and its people ...

More questions arise on Penatgon missile operations

U.S. officials reported this week that Cuba has returned a dummy Hellfire missile accidentally shipped there in 2014. It was stressed that the rocket, used in training exercises, did not include much of the secret equipment in live Hellfires.Still, there can be no doubt that some U.S. enemies ...

Falls forgiveness ballot language is just unclear

The Newton Falls resident who fought for reinstatement of his community's income tax forgiveness might be overreaching in his new battle to have the tax take effect with last year's earnings.Werner Lange is seeking a Trumbull County Common Pleas Court injunction in an attempt to stop collection ...

Now is wrong time to raise drilling taxes

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's old proposal to increase severance taxes on natural gas and oil has come up again. It would be difficult to pick a worse time to try again on it.Kasich at one time suggested that the drilling industry could bear higher taxes easily. Ohio's rates are lower than those in ...

John Kasich deserves a close look

With the pace of Republican decision-making about a nominee for president picking up, the direction of the process may be taking a good, much-needed turn.Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished a strong second in last week's New Hampshire Republican primary election, meaning both voters and campaign ...

Altiere has earned one more term

Residents of Trumbull County are faced with two good choices in the race for the Democratic nomination for Trumbull County sheriff, with each candidate bringing good qualities and ideas to the table.We are impressed with the tight ship that challenger Paul Monroe runs as the sitting police ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the Bloomfield Historical Society for providing the matching funds for a block grant being used to install a wheelchair ramp at Bloomfield town hall, for cleaning and doing other repair work at the town hall, donating $3,000 toward new lighting and electrical work, and more. Every ...

Lawmakers must close drug loophole

Appeals court justices are supposed to interpret laws as they are written, not as someone claims legislators meant the statutes to be read. It is entirely possible, then, that the Ohio Supreme Court will find itself siding with a man who admits he bought cocaine.If that happens, it will be ...

New concern raised about board member

Questions about Ken Kubala's position on the Trumbull County Board of Elections go further than those we previously have raised about his attempts to keep Democratic Trumbull County commissioner candidate David Cook off the ballot and show new cause for concern.Wednesday, Attorney General Mike ...

Solutions to heroin abuse needed soon

We have written on numerous occasions about the growing depth of the heroin problem in our society, and we have been realistic in realizing that it will get worse before it gets better.We did not, however, envision last week's tragedy that last week sent two young children under the age of 2 to ...

Government failed Flint residents

The blame game was in full swing last week as Congress held hearings on the Flint, Mich., water fiasco. There, people drank water tainted with lead for months before anyone did anything to deal with the threat.Wednesday, lawmakers heard a round of cover-your-behind accusations from local, state ...

Time to take action with North Korea

Less than a month ago, North Korea tested a powerful long-range missile. U.S. and United Nations officials vowed there would be serious consequences - as they have for decades while Pyongyang perfected nuclear weapons and new rockets.Last week, North Korea revealed plans for another missile ...

Elections board member should resign

Secretary of State Jon Husted made the correct decision last month when he cleared Trumbull commissioner candidate David Cook to appear on next month's Democratic primary election ballot.Now he should make another good decision and launch an investigation into improper votes cast by Trumbull ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Liberty High School graduate and O.A.R. saxophonist Jerry DiPizzo, who did not disappoint the large crowd when he performed Thursday at Packard Music Hall. It's nice to see a successful local guy who remembers his roots.ORCHID: To Girard and Liberty school districts for seeking and ...

Niles urgently needs plan that is reasonable

It may have taken a tongue lashing from the Ohio Auditor's Office and others, but Niles Mayor Tom Scarnecchia finally acquiesced to put a bandage on the bleeding city finances when he sent layoff notices to 12 employees, including six in safety services.Still, we aren't sure why the mayor has ...

Area travelers must embrace new flight plan

Arguments have been made, reams of paperwork have been filed, countless questions have been answered and now the U.S. Department of Transportation has spoken.Last week, the Department of Transportation released its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Interstate Air ...