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Editorials

New defenses needed for ‘lone wolf’ terrorists

Islamic terrorists in the Middle East may not have an armada of drone aircraft at their disposal, but they kill by remote control just as effectively - perhaps more so - as the U.S. military.How much influence terrorist brainwashers had over the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in ...

Rethink limits on military firearms

Members of the military are supposed to be protecting us - not the other way around. Yet this week, armed civilians were guarding armed forces recruiting stations in several states.Volunteers on self-assigned guard duty were reacting to last week's attack that killed five service members at a ...

Kasich: Good addition to a crowded race

It's early. Too early, in fact, for us to make an official endorsement in the race for president or even in the crowded race for the Republican nomination.Still, we are pleased to see our governor, John Kasich, throw his hand into the ring in the hopes of becoming the ninth president from the ...

Planned Parenthood investigation warranted

Planned Parenthood officials have cried foul over an expose by an anti-abortion group. Why, the Center for Medical Progress has been harassing them for years and has released only carefully edited videotapes in its campaign, Planned Parenthood officials say.But editing can do only so much to ...

Southington water service should be OK’d

The opportunity for Southington-area customers to have safe, pure drinking water would far outweigh the cost, which has been estimated at less than $35 per frontage foot.Would-be customers should take full advantage of the latest renewed push by members of the Southington Water District board ...

Sentencing must fit the crime committed

Law enforcement officers and officials, along with the prosecutors and judges who deal with those they arrest, should discriminate against people only on the basis of the crimes they commit. Handling investigations, arrests, prosecutions and sentencing differently because of a person's race, ...

Why we lose confidence in our elected officials

If you happen to be a politician wondering why most people have lost all confidence and faith in you, consider this:Members of the House of Representatives were scrambling Wednesday to find about $80 billion needed to shore up a federal highway program. Telling Americans they will have to pay ...

Southington water service should be OK’d

The opportunity for Southington-area customers to have safe, pure drinking water would far outweigh the cost, which has been estimated at less than $35 per frontage foot.Would-be customers should take full advantage of the latest renewed push by members of the Southington Water District board ...

Thoughts about what triggers voter apathy

The chairman of Ohio's Democratic Party knows it's a problem when only 40 percent of Ohio's registered voters turn out to cast their votes in big, statewide elections.I chuckled to hear him say that because in local races, we'd be jumping up and cheering if we saw a 40 percent voter ...

More proof showing that sales tax hike unnecessary

It was about three months ago that Sheriff Thomas Altiere stood before taxpayers in the Trumbull commissioners hearing room explaining what he saw as a need for an increase in the county's sales tax from 6.75 percent to 7 percent.He spoke about the need for the increase to fund the county's ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Trumbull County Fair officials, 4-H members and Junior Fair Board coordinator Jan Solomon for not giving up on their poultry projects when they learned fear of the spread of the bird flu was going to ban live displays of chickens, turkeys and ducks. Together they came up with a plan ...

Iran deal must unite countries to protect peace

Among the proudest, most important traditions in Congress is that when the issue is peace or war, lawmakers put partisan considerations aside for the good of the nation. The question before them now may well be just that grave.Negotiators for the United States, Iran and several other countries ...

U.S. needs to make better economic choices

No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister this week, after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country's economy from going belly-up. At least part of their anger would more appropriately be directed inward. Many of Greece's economic maladies were ...

YDC should not be closed

State officials have acknowledged even they were surprised when the Youngstown Developmental Center was chosen for closure. There are no significant employee issues, the cost to run the facility is not out of line, and the level of need clearly exists.However, this facility and one in ...

Defense of nation not the place to make cuts

"I believe that where we are now is about as low as we can go," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters in May, during a discussion of that service branch's staffing level. "If we continue to go lower, we're going to have to say we cannot do all the things we're doing today."But go ...

Discipline can’t be set for convenience

When someone makes a serious mistake that warrants a punishment, that punishment should fit the crime, and it should be immediate and deliberate.That is how we teach our children not to repeat mistakes, and that is also how discipline in the workplace also should be issued in order to ensure ...

Data breach secrecy smacks of cover-up

A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers secret would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. Legions of lawyers would be ecstatic over the potential for lawsuits. Victims would desert the firm in droves, determined to ...

Enforce gun laws, don’t add new ones

Gun control advocates - many of whom really wish they could outlaw any ownership of firearms by individuals - constantly claim new limits are needed to save lives.But time and time again, violent crime headlines are followed a few days later by revelations that killers would not have obtained ...

Price GED tests right

Sometimes it seems as if government does all it can to increase dependence on it rather than to encourage people to improve themselves. Ohio's GED program, granting successful applicants the equivalent of high school diplomas they failed to earn while younger, is an example.Between 2000-13, an ...

Lawmakers must not avoid charter school reform

Ohio lawmakers did little to refute criticism from those who view the Buckeye State's regulation of charter schools as a bit of a joke when House of Representatives members simply headed home and decided to wait until the fall to sort out an issue the state Senate had already ...