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Editorials

Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To the dozens of units, including marching bands from Warren G. Harding and Lordstown high schools, that participated in the Trumbull County Veterans Day parade Wednesday in Warren, and also to the nice crowd that lined the parade route to honor our veterans.l ORCHID: To Trumbull ...

Ordinance is creative use of resources

A recently amended animal ordinance adopted last month in Warren now allows humane officers working with organizations like Trumbull County's Animal Welfare League, Trumbull County Dog Warden and other law enforcement officials to write citations to animal owners in cases of animal cruelty and ...

Find new ways to fight opiate abuse

For years, a standard treatment for those addicted to heroin and other opiates was to give them methadone and Suboxone. The idea was those two drugs, mimicking the effects of opiates on the brain, could help people kick heroin habits.But many did get off heroin - only to become addicted to ...

No tolerance for dishonest educators

Ohio's next superintendent of schools may have to put educating children on the back burner for a while.Instead, he or she may want to consider requiring a crash course in honesty for adults who oversee public schools.Superintendent Richard Ross, 65, revealed Friday he will retire from the post ...

Obama must not give up on peace in Middle East

President Barack Obama's prediction there will be no peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians before he leaves office in early 2017 certainly was, as he put it, "realistic." That is so in large measure because of Obama's own tilt against the Israelis, of course.Obama told reporters of his ...

Honor our veterans today, and every day

Today we have the privilege of honoring those who answered the call to serve our great nation.There will be parades, ceremonies, services and presentations in many local communities and schools to mark today's Veterans Day holiday, and we encourage you to take part.The weather will be pleasant ...

Juvenile offenders need guidance, connections

In some ways, juvenile offenders should be handled with kid gloves. Opportunities to redirect their lives away from crime should not be squandered.Their families often are priceless, unique support systems for such efforts. It seems obvious that helping families have as much contact with ...

Anti-fossil fuel agenda overriding common sense

It was bad enough when President Barack Obama used the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for domestic political reasons, to placate his radical environmentalist base. But when he finally killed the project - at least for now - he admitted international politics was his reason.Throughout the nearly ...

Criminal history is legit hiring question

America has been a land of second chances for many people. For that reason, President Barack Obama's call for better efforts to integrate ex-convicts into society probably will resonate among many.There is a practical side to the question, too: It is better for society to enjoy the ...

Tiny force is too little, too late

Members of U.S. military special operations units are very, very good at what they do.But they are not that good. They simply will not be numerous enough to do what President Barack Obama apparently expects.Fifty special-ops troops are being sent to Syria to battle the Islamic State terrorists, ...

Combating blight needs regional effort

In the 295 days of 2015 through Oct. 23, the city of Youngstown demolished 163 houses. That averages out to more than one house every two days.Likewise, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership also has done an excellent job of operating the Trumbull County Land Bank program. It has seen more than 200 ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To local Girl Scout Monica Kotyuk who coordinated an art program between Howland Glen Primary School students and clients of the nearby Children's Rehabilitation Center. The project first ended with an art show - but ultimately led to the creation of a functional art piece, "the Dr. ...

Resounding defeat should send message

The resounding statewide response to Tuesday's marijuana legalization ballot initiative should be a strong indication of the values that Ohioans have.Proponents of legalizing marijuana in Ohio spent an enormous amount - $25 million by one estimate - trying to convince voters to go along with ...

Parents must show children the ‘off’ switch

Many people still remember a time when it was the number of hours children spent in front of "the boob tube" that was worrisome. Technology has made that an old-fashioned concern.Now the kids have television, computer games, social media and the Internet in general to distract them.A new study ...

It’s time to get back to business

The votes have been cast, and a winner has been declared.Now it is time for us to reflect on the Warren mayoral race, one of the hardest fought Trumbull County campaigns - from the standpoint of each candidate - that we can recall in recent years.At the end of the day, Democratic incumbent Doug ...

Federal budget approval a mistake

Conservatives in Congress made a mistake by approving a two-year federal budget. President Barack Obama could barely contain his glee over the measure.Now, no matter how much attention is focused on government spending, lawmakers will have to wait two years to use the budget as a tool to reduce ...

Speaker Ryan now must clean the barn

Let us hope U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the new speaker of the House of Representatives, is as creative, energetic and dedicated to reform as his record seems to indicate. He will need all of those qualities and more - in the form of other lawmakers more eager to do their duty than to go along so they ...

Make your voice heard at ballot box today

It's been nearly a month since voters could cast a ballot early, and today is the official day we've all been waiting for. This is the opportunity for tens of thousands of local registered voters who haven't already cast a ballot to head to the polls and fulfill their civic duty.If you haven't ...

U.S. EPA’s PR budget outrageous

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials would have us believe they do an enormous amount of good in saving lives, safeguarding our health and, to paraphrase President Barack Obama, stopping the rise of the seas.So why does the federal agency have to have an enormous public relations ...

Volunteers rise to make a difference

It's become an annual tradition.Hundreds of volunteers come out in droves. It doesn't matter if there is rainy, cold or blustery weather - as was the case this year - because no matter what, their attitudes are sunny.This marked the 13th annual Make A Difference Day sponsored by the Tribune ...