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Editorials

Tax increases are not the answer

Congressional Budget Office analysts estimate the national debt, now at 75 percent of the gross national product, will grow to 86 percent in a decade.Rising debt hampers economic growth, the analysts added. And they pointed out critical programs including Social Security, Medicare and the ...

Re-allocated bed tax needs careful use

Trumbull County commissioners decided in recent months to re-allocate a half-percent of lodging taxes generated from Trumbull County hotel and motel stays, taking it from the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau and redirecting it to the Western Reserve Port Authority budget.That means, as of next ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Vietnam War veteran Sgt. James Kaster, who this week finally received the Bronze Star Medal for his service. He was told he would receive both the Bronze and Silver Star medals for his honorable service, but he never received them. He still is waiting for word on the Silver ...

Policing for profit spirals downward

As use of speed cameras continues to grow in our area, we continue to grow more concerned with their use by local communities for the purpose of paying the bills.This week, we learned not only is Weathersfield Township not happy with the additional $28,938 in revenue the cameras have generated ...

Looming federal deficit must be slowed

President Barack Obama brags his stewardship over the federal budget has been praiseworthy. Spending deficits are going down, he proclaims.Wrong. Monthly budget deficits - the difference between what the government takes in and what it spends - are increasing.Last year's budget gap was $439 ...

Clinton policy would trigger higher energy costs

One of those "fact check" analyses of presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech on the economy made the limits of such writing very clear. In a nutshell, one of its conclusions was simplistic - and very misleading.Trump gave a major speech Monday, outlining his plans for tax cuts intended to ...

Just think: Delta was only a malfunction

Computer equipment went on the fritz at Delta Airlines this week. Tens of thousands of passengers and employees were affected by more than 1,000 canceled flights and 2,800 delayed takeoffs.No doubt the problem was extraordinarily costly for Delta and at least some of the affected travelers.What ...

Charter schools must be held accountable

Private charter schools in Ohio ought to have to comply with the same accountability standards applied to public schools. We were making that argument long before state officials adopted the philosophy.Charter schools supported by tax dollars were allowed to operate with little fiscal or ...

Increase in IS attacks can be expected

A few weeks ago, we warned that defeating terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State on the battlefield probably will mean an increase in brutal attacks by their operatives. Now it is official: After meeting with security advisers, President Barack Obama has issued the same ...

Polivka’s absence sets bad precedent

When Warren City Council voted Monday to place a 0.5 percent income tax increase on the November ballot, the vote count was 8-1 in favor of the issue, with Councilman John Brown casting the only no vote.Nine of council's 10 members attended the meeting to vote. Only newly appointed 5th Ward ...

Bungled UN initiative triggered deaths

One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died - no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers - as a result of the failures.In February, the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., shipped more than 6 million doses of yellow ...

Expect Dems’ attack on gas drilling next

Gas and oil drilling has been one of the few bright spots in eastern Ohio's economy during the past few years. But now Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrat liberals want to take that away from us, too.For years, miners and coal companies warned those benefiting from the drilling revolution ...

Polivka’s absence sets bad precedent

When Warren City Council voted Monday to place a 0.5 percent income tax increase on the November ballot, the vote count was 7-1 in favor of the issue, with Councilman John Brown casting the only no vote.Eight of council's nine members attended the meeting to vote. Only newly appointed 5th Ward ...

Bungled UN initiative triggered deaths

One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died - no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers - as a result of the failures.In February, the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., shipped more than 6 million doses of yellow ...

We’ve heard it all before, Warren

A Warren patrolman and his boss, the chief of police, were serious about promoting passage of a 0.5 percent income tax increase to be used to fund police and fire operations in the city.Despite a continuing decline in the city's population, the two officers insisted the need existed to increase ...

Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To Warren police Officer Benjamin Harrell for his alertness and good police work in spotting a vehicle he believed was used in a fatal hit-skip crash last weekend. The officer had been in Liberty for an unrelated case when he spotted the car described by witnesses. Also, to ...

Consider America in TPP debate

With many Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, questioning the wisdom of a proposed 12-nation trade pact, its supporters are offering what they hope will be a persuasive argument. Rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership plan would damage our credibility abroad, they say.On Tuesday, ...

Make fighting Zika a priority

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika virus this week.CDC officials' warning was bad enough, to be sure. The agency said an outbreak of 14 cases of Zika in Miami's Wynwood ...

Enjoy warm weather but be smart

It's August and the summer heatwave has hit.Enjoy the beaches and waters of Mosquito Lake; cool off in the new splash pads in Cortland, McDonald and Austintown. Hit the local public swimming holes.But be smart.Stay hydrated. Use sunscreen. And check on your elderly neighbors.The Area Agency on ...

Better planning is needed on the debate schedule

By late September, even voters interested in the presidential election may be ready for some football as an alternative to politics. Yet two of the three televised debates between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have been scheduled on nights when NFL games are to be ...