Editorials

Proposed home health changes need close scrutiny

About 16,000 Ohioans who have to rely on other people to help them in daily tasks ranging from getting out of bed to cooking meals will have to make different arrangements if legislators approve a proposal by Gov. John Kasich.Thousands of Medicaid-eligible Buckeye State residents, including ...

Tobacco-free program needs some tweaking

A program to encourage pregnant smokers to quit is gaining traction in Ohio, and is being utilized by the Trumbull County Department of Health. The "Baby and Me, Tobacco Free" program allows pregnant smokers to earn $25 vouchers toward the cost of diapers each month for one year, if they prove ...

Sewer ruling step in right direction

A judge's ruling last week that determined a state law allowing private developers to install sewer lines and then bill residents without due process is unconstitutional is a step in the right direction for Trumbull County homeowners.While it's likely the ruling issued Feb. 6 by Trumbull Common ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To longtime Trumbull County Director of Human Resources James Keating, who last week was honored with the Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association's Award of Excellence. Keating earned the award, in part, for his managing of labor relations issues with the county's bargaining ...

Say it ain’t so, Chicago

A team of Little Leaguers from Chicago wowed America and made its hometown fans swell with pride last summer when it captured the national Little League Championship in Williamsport, Pa.On its way to the championship, the team even knocked out Ohio's state champions, the 12-year-old Little ...

Combining precincts is the right idea

Finally the Trumbull County Board of Elections is moving in the right direction by voting unanimously last week to reduce the number of voting precincts.The first part of the plan will take effect in time for the May 5 primary election, and the second part will be done in time for the November ...

Work safety should be top priority

The number of workplace fatalities has been rising in Ohio, and federal officials say lack of training and attention may be at least partly to blame.Ohio has had an estimated 17 fatal workplace accidents since July. That's simply unacceptable.One of those accidents occurred in Niles when Daniel ...

Take time to learn black history

Guest storytime reader Madonna Chism Pinkard last week helped kick off the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library's Black History Month programs with family storytime by reading stories of African-American history.The stories, Pinkard said, were meant not only to entertain, but also to inspire. ...

Kasich plans may hurt as much as help

What's not to like about a $500 million tax cut for small businesses and low- to middle-income working people in Ohio? The possibility the money will come out of other pockets.Gov. John Kasich is including $500 million in tax cuts in his proposal for the new two-year state budget. The governor ...

Governor helps balanced budget idea pick up steam

It is no wonder that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been received so favorably in his multistate tour on behalf of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.More and more Americans are becoming aware that in Washington, they just don't get the concept of living within one's means.Kasich, ...

Sales tax increase is bad idea

The possibility of Trumbull County increasing its countywide sales tax by as much as 0.5 percent came as a surprise to most onlookers and residents when the discussion was broached during a Trumbull County commissioners meeting last week.If an 0.5 percent tax increase were to come to fruition, ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Pastor Julia Wike, founder of The Basement Ministry, to Beth Latimer, who runs the Christy House shelter, and to about a dozen other volunteers whose work to help the area's homeless seems endless. The group took part last week in the "Point in Time" nationwide count to track ...

Budget plan could threaten drilling

What's not to like about a $500 million tax cut for small businesses and low- to middle-income working people in Ohio? The possibility the money will come out of other pockets.Gov. John Kasich is including $500 million in tax cuts in his proposal for the new two-year state budget. The governor ...

Unborn babies of drug addicts deserve chance

Most pregnant women in our area cannot imagine being so addicted to a drug that they continue using it despite knowing the enormous risk that entails for both them and their babies.But some can - because heroin has such a powerful hold on them that it virtually extinguishes maternal ...

Growth at YARS worthy of support

With a future round of U.S. military base closures or realignments looming, this week's announcement that $9.4 million is being earmarked in President Barack Obama's budget proposal to fund improvements at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station should be viewed as good news.If approved, the ...

Community colleges should offer bachelor’s

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to allow community colleges, under certain circumstances, to grant bachelor's degrees, it has been reported. He may make the proposal official when he releases his budget.Kasich's idea has very limited application. It is that when businesses make it clear they need ...

Economy needs more limits on deficit spending

President Barack Obama and other liberals attempt to bolster their argument for higher taxes and bigger, more expensive government by noting deficit spending has been reduced from the $1 trillion-plus levels of just a few years ago. Some conservatives, with spending plans of their own, are ...

Forfeiture must be used properly

When asset forfeiture power was added to the tools law enforcement agencies have several years ago, some people applauded the move.Then they began hearing of what can only be considered abuse of the authority. It has become clear limits are needed.Asset forfeiture allows law enforcement ...

Rush to land flights may prove risky

It's been a long time since the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport offered daily commercial flights, and indeed, airport officials and the public have been eager to secure new daily connector service.But in the rush to achieve that goal, airport officials appear to be overlooking or simply ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Trumbull County Engineer's office highway supervisor Tim Monroe, who last week rescued a motorist he found trapped in a vehicle that had slid on icy conditions into Girard Lake. Later the same day, he stopped to aid a second disabled motorist as she waited for help along the ...