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Editorials

Marijuana law would make monopoly

As it stands, a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana is a get-rich-quick scheme for a handful of investors - who, incredible as it may seem, want to use tax money to expand their sales.Some legislators are worried about the proposal. They are thinking of a counter-assault ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To all the cyclists that turned out to see what the area has to offer during last weekend's 11th annual World of Wildlife Tour on the Western Reserve Greenway. Exercise and the great outdoors make a great mix.ORCHID: To Weathersfield Township for the time and effort volunteers put into ...

Legislators should back overdose law

No one can say with certainty how many of the 182 East Ohioans killed by drug overdoses during the past several years might have been saved had medical help been summoned quickly. Almost undoubtedly, some would have survived.A good Samaritan law for drug abusers is under consideration in the ...

OEPA correct agency to police fracking

State regulators in Ohio come down hard on natural gas and oil drillers they catch polluting the water, air or ground. Yet some suggest the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should take over the job.One reason for that claim is hysteria - and that is the appropriate word - over hydraulic ...

Iraqi fight imperative against ISIS

It turns out that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's assessment that many Iraqis lack the "will to fight" against Islamic State terrorists may be accurate. What to do about that remains a question.After Iraqi troops fled Ramadi in droves rather than fight IS forces, Carter pointed out what may ...

New, better plan to stop hackers

Lock your front door and a determined burglar will merely climb through a window. Lock it and he may just break the glass to enter. As homeowners know, it can be very difficult to keep thieves out.Now imagine a "house" with hundreds, perhaps thousands of doors and windows - some of which even ...

Local student athletes deserve praise

What a weekend for Trumbull County and Mahoning Valley student athletes!On Saturday the Champion Golden Flashes softball team claimed the Class AA state championship in Akron.John F. Kennedy High School took its first-ever team state title at the OHSAA Division III track and field meet in ...

Underage drinking Samaritan law could save lives

Minors who seek medical help for others because they have been drinking should not have to worry they will be arrested because they, too, have imbibed. And underage drinkers should not be charged if they report serious crimes to police.Legislators in 21 states have agreed with that and passed ...

Common sense should prevail over animal law

Forty-one-year-old Archie of Lodi, Ohio, may be this year's poster bear for those who wonder whether our increasingly legalistic society requires a total abandonment of common sense.Yes, bear. Archie is a black bear owned by Jeffrey and Debra Gillium. Under the state's still relatively new ...

Local support critical to keeping base

The Regional Chamber and all those involved in providing support are taking the right steps in their fight to maintain the vitally important Youngstown Air Reserve Station.The Regional Chamber last week officially launched the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission and appointed attorney Vito ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To engineers at the General Motors Lordstown Complex who have been volunteering time at Lordstown Elementary School working with students on projects and teaching them first hand about the work engineers do. What a great way to enlighten children to career options and the importance of ...

Book has the Wright stuff

I was not surprised to see historian David McCullough's latest book rocket to the top position on The New York Times Best Sellers list.Not only is "The Wright Brothers" beautifully written in McCullough's familiar narrative style, it reminds Americans of what we once honored and promoted: ...

Funding issues could offset one another

A debate in Ohio is highlighting two problems: one, the pitiful level of money available for public transportation in the state; and two, the apparently bottomless fund for studies and reports.Gov. John Kasich requested a relatively small $1 million increase in public transportation spending ...

Vienna lucky to have good neighbor

The owner of Kundel Industries was kind when Vienna trustees last month unanimously defeated his request for a 60 percent tax abatement on a half-million dollar expansion at the Ridge Road facility.This week, Robert Kundel Sr. said he knows it's a challenge for small communities to pay the ...

Savings key in cash-starved city of Niles

If the cash-strapped city of Niles stands to save nearly $100,000 by outsourcing its Income Tax Department, why isn't the idea receiving a ringing endorsement from city Treasurer Robert Swauger?A report released this week by Swauger indicated if the city outsources the department to the ...

Charter schools need to be accountable

Should you call your local public school district in Ohio and ask for a financial report or information on high school graduation rates, it would be provided. State law requires that.But ask a Buckeye State charter school for the same thing and you may be told, "Sorry, state law doesn't compel ...

Job overruns on federal projects unacceptable

There are several possible reasons why a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital being built in Aurora, Colo., is being termed the biggest construction boondoggle in the agency's history. None of them should be acceptable to members of Congress.Already, the hospital, begun in late 2011, is a ...

New injection well rules must be considered

Local government lacks the resources and expertise to take over local control of injection wells, but points they have outlined to tighten the state's oversight are logical and should be welcomed and approved.Dozens of people, including representatives of several other Ohio counties, gathered ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To David Denovchek, the Niles man who gave up a quarter of his liver and about three months of time to a 4-year-old girl he never has met. It is hopeful the organ transplant will save the life of the little girl who has been in the custody of Trumbull County Children Services since her ...

More bite needed in texting law

"Distracted driving" by those using cell phones -often for texting or other activities requiring them to take one or both hands off the wheel - causes a substantial number of traffic accidents. Ohio has a law against it, but it has done little to curb the problem.Current law makes texting while ...