Editorials

U.S. troops should not be sent to Yemen

Across the Middle East, nations that for years took inactive roles against Islamic terrorists have been spurred to action. They are providing military help in a campaign against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.Saudi Arabia leads the coalition. Others engaged include Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, ...

Straight-ticket switch in W. Va.

Sometimes important, desirable changes in how elections are held have to wait until a shoe-on-the-other-foot situation develops. That may be the case in West Virginia.For generations, Democrats who dominated the state Legislature resisted suggestions that straight-ticket voting be abandoned. ...

Secrecy is concern in U.S.-Iran talks

After U.S. and Iranian negotiators passed the Wednesday "deadline" for agreement on a pact to restrict Tehran's development of nuclear weapons, they kept talking. Presumably, that means some progress had been made. President Barack Obama says so, anyway.But outside the small circle of diplomats ...

Not all problems stem from climate change

Climate change has been blamed by some for all sorts of evils, including Islamic terrorists. Indeed, it sometimes is possible to link human behavior to weather conditions, but alarmists have taken to claiming any undesirable weather is a result of global warming.Sometimes, they even invent ...

With Easter comes new hope for all

Matthew 28:1-10The Sabbath was over, and it was about daybreak on Sunday, when Mary of Magdala and the other Mary came to look at the grave. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord descended from heaven; he came to the stone and rolled it away, and sat himself down on it. ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, who took time in recent weeks to visit the Weathersfield RTI plant which Alcoa soon will be taking over. During the visit, Kleinfeld told workers, "Get ready for more business." The visit likely eased workers' minds and reassured them that ...

Stop plans to drive up gas, utility costs

President Barack Obama seems determined to deny Americans access to reasonably priced gasoline, natural gas and electricity generated from coal.Why does Congress refuse to stop him? Do lawmakers who have blocked attempts to rein in the president's campaign against fossil fuels think they can ...

More realistic budgeting needed for national parks

When Americans want to impress foreign guests, we sometimes take them to national parks. It often works; people from abroad frequently are awed by the natural beauty and historic significance of our many parks - and impressed that we as a people have preserved them.But often we seem more ...

Congratulations to state treasurer

Many states - and the federal government, for that matter - could learn a thing or two about the transparency to which they pay so much lip service, simply by taking a page out of the Ohio treasurer's playbook.Last year, Treasurer Josh Mandel had launched Ohiocheckbook.com, making the state's ...

Etiquette versus annihilation

Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn't matter ...

More female police officers, please

When you were growing up and there was a dispute between siblings, who stepped in to bring about a peaceful solution? Probably Mom, right?And when mediation was necessary to decide the evening's curfew, your punishment if you ignored it or when you were mature enough for driving lessons, I'm ...

More realistic budgeting needed for national parks

When Americans want to impress foreign guests, we sometimes take them to national parks. It often works; people from abroad frequently are awed by the natural beauty and historic significance of our many parks - and impressed that we as a people have preserved them.But often we seem more ...

Congratulations to state treasurer

Many states - and the federal government, for that matter - could learn a thing or two about the transparency to which they pay so much lip service, simply by taking a page out of the Ohio treasurer's playbook.Last year, Treasurer Josh Mandel had launched Ohiocheckbook.com, making the state's ...

Charter school legislation should pass

When legislators allowed private, for-profit education in Ohio several years ago, it was almost as if they thought there was some sort of magic in the name: charter schools.But it has become apparent the only sleight-of-hand was in some charter operators taking taxpayers' money while providing ...

U.S. must maintain nuclear position

History shows the danger of appeasement - allowing a dangerous country to build up its arsenal even while claiming it is not doing so. The United States is dangerously close to doing just that with Iran.Negotiators from this country, Iran and several other nations have been meeting in an ...

Contested election makes everyone winner

Contested elections, whether a primary race for a party nomination or a general election in November, always bring good debate.That's why we are so pleased to see good competition among many races this year that have previously gone uncontested, and we wish there were more contested races.In ...

Rail could have renewed future

For many years, energy conservation campaigns have been considered very "green" - that is, good for the environment. Yet the United States may be missing the train, literally, in an important way of reducing energy use.Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., recognize that in a bill ...

Sales tax increase is not answer

Next month, Trumbull County commissioners will begin the process needed to increase the sales tax here by a quarter percent.They have scheduled hearings for 11 a.m. April 15 and 6 p.m. April 20 in the commissioners' hearing room at the county administration building. We hope residents turn out ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Historical Society for taking interest in a particular pothole and sharing some local history. Society President Bob Smith pointed out this week what appeared to be a rail for one of the city's original trolley lines. It had become exposed in a pothole at the ...

Niles race needs more aggressive approach

With the city of Niles in state fiscal emergency and facing a general fund deficit of about $1 million at year's end, we know that Niles needs a strong mayoral candidate.We are concerned, however, that neither of the two seeking the Democratic nomination bring enough answers to the table to win ...