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Editorials

Physical therapy needed

DEAR DR. ROACH: For a year now, I have had such terrible pain in my pubic area and down my inner thighs. An X-ray (for another problem) showed that I have osteitis pubis. I have read about it online and found that there is no real treatment for it. My doctor prescribed hydrocodone with ...

Bridge by Steve Becker

There are hands played in the annual world championship where the outcome is the same at both tables and therefore receives little notice. But some deals merit attention nevertheless particularly when both teams fall from grace and duplicate their sins. One of the most startling cases of this ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Champion Township Fire Department for handing out nine-volt batteries from Energizer for use in smoke detectors. What a great way to remind residents about the importance of changing batteries this time of year in these life-saving devices.ORCHID: To Liberty School District and the ...

Don’t penalize all for a few’s misdeeds

Never let a good crisis go to waste. The big-government crowd operates by that rule, using it as frequently as possible to expand its intrusiveness into our lives.Some community bankers - the people we deal with for car loans, mortgages, checking accounts and any number of other financial ...

Polivka earns re-election as commissioner

Voters casting ballots for Trumbull County Commissioner will choose among three solid candidates this election - Democratic incumbent Dan Polivka, Republican challenger Mary Williams and political newcomer Todd Johnson, a write-in independent candidate.Each brings good ideas and strong ...

Accept offers to help keep election safe

Ohio and West Virginia election officials maintain computerized balloting systems in their states are secure against tampering by online hackers. But if that is so now, it may not be something on which we can rely for long.Voter registration systems in more than 20 states have been attacked to ...

Prescribing more opioids part of heroin problem

What part of "do no harm" do many physicians in Ohio not understand? Perhaps the state licensing board should give some of them time off from practicing to think about it.Abuse of prescription painkillers is both a serious addiction problem itself and a step toward use of heroin. After years of ...

Closer look needed with drug prices

Mylan Pharmaceuticals and its chief executive officer, Heather Bresch, have been easy targets for politicians seeking to gain headlines as defenders of financially hard-pressed American families.Of course, the company's officials might just as well have taped "Kick me" signs to their backs. ...

Stiff penalty warranted in assault on children

We tell children that if they are in fear or danger, they should look for a police officer. Finding one will make them safe, we say.But on Monday night, a 9-year-old girl in Massillon, encountered a man who said he was a police officer. He told her she had been reported missing. Then he forced ...

‘Samaritan’ immunity law in drug cases on right track

It is crucial that we find solutions to the heroin epidemic that is so severely impacting society today, but we are not convinced Ohio or any state should give carte blanche immunity from prosecution to anyone seeking medical help involving a heroin overdose.The new Ohio law, dubbed the "Good ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Juanita Pasley, who was honored this week for the services she has provided the past 35 years to veterans, homeless, local families and others in need in centers spanning two communities, Warren and Youngstown. Pasley retired after her years with the United Methodist Community ...

Clinton’s policies will be costly

Too many Americans do not seem to be making an important connection between themselves and policies enforced by President Barack Obama and espoused by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Many may understand, as Donald Trump, Clinton's opponent, put it, that Clinton is waging "war on energy." ...

Many VA raises and bonuses are undeserved

About half the more than 300,000 people who work at the Department of Veterans Affairs received performance-based pay bonuses in 2014, according to a recent investigation.Yes, the VA. The same agency still under fire for how some veterans seeking medical care are treated. The same one with a ...

Public boards must avoid promises of secrecy

A second claim of sexual harassment has been made against a Western Reserve Port Authority official.Andrea Hoffman was hired in February 2014 as a marketing / business development coordinator. During the two years she worked at the port authority, she received a $10,000 raise from $32,000 to ...

Don’t be surprised when you go to the polls

Ohio could be a crucial state in determining the outcome of the November election. Buckeye State voters are being courted by all sides, as they are considered key to choosing the next president.But Ohio elections officials have a problem. As U.S. Election Assistance Commission officials have ...

Make VA employees more accountable

Revelations of mismanagement, waste and outright criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs have become a regular thing. From veterans forced to wait weeks or months to see VA doctors to outrageous spending by the agency, the VA is an ongoing train wreck.Quickly, now: How many VA ...

Queen of Hearts needs some scrutiny

Thousands of people gathered again Sunday at SkyLane Lounge in Garrettsville for the 52nd week of the Queen of Hearts game. The jackpot had brimmed to more than $3 million.With just three of the original 54 cards left, it was no surprise that a player finally was able to uncover the elusive ...

Changing state test targets unfair

No teacher in his or her right mind would spend months preparing students to take a specific test, then give them an entirely different examination. It is a recipe for failure.But Ohio public education officials have done something much like that on a statewide scale.State "report card" ...

Return SAFER grant if tax fails

Warren city leaders must consider long-term options, should the coming income tax levy fail, including the possibility of giving back a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant.The grant is set to provide $2.39 million to hire up to 15 city firefighters, and we salute ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Newton Falls police Sgt. Brian Foor, late Austintown firefighter John R. Fritz and Rootstown resident Tom Smith, who were honored this week with 2016 Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame awards.ORCHID: To the Warren Neighborhood Initiative and Community Concerned Citizens II, with the ...