Editorials

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 ...

Holocaust must never be forgotten

Seventy years ago this week, Soviet army troops stormed through the front gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in southern Poland. What they found stunned many of the battle-hardened soldiers.More than 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis at ...

Applause for McKinley portrayal

This week Niles and the nation marked what would have been the 172nd birthday of Niles native and 25th U.S. President William McKinley.Of course the guest of honor wasn't at his former home, the McKinley Birthplace Home in downtown Niles, but what the center did have was Mike Wilson, longtime ...

Charter schools must be held to higher standard

When Ohio legislators agreed to give charter schools a try, complete with public funding, the idea was to provide an alternative to failing public schools. But Buckeye State residents who have kept a close eye on charter schools may well be wondering whether they are getting no more than the ...

Your vote matters

Voter turnout in Ohio often is abysmally low. Sometimes, important elections and referendums are decided by fewer than half the eligible voters.Those who stay away from the polls sometimes offer the excuse that their votes "don't matter."They do, as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted found in ...

Funding explanation needed for plan

A proposal by President Barack Obama that would offer community college classes to U.S. residents free of charge isn't something particularly new to northeast Ohioans. Eastern Gateway Community College has been doing this for years, and it's been quite successful.Enrollment at Warren's new EGCC ...

What is plan to control terrorism?

One of President Barack Obama's most important requests of Congress, made during his State of the Union address, seemed to draw relatively little notice by lawmakers and the press. It deserves - needs urgently, in fact - more consideration.After emphasizing Americans "stand with people around ...

Regulations make it hard to profit from drilling boom

American ingenuity and hard work have tapped an energy bonanza that is helping to dispel the last vestiges of the "Great Recession" while boosting local and state economies in several areas, including ours. As predicted, President Barack Obama's reaction is an attempt to make it more difficult ...

Is less testing good for students?

Some Ohio legislators seem to be welcoming a recommendation that standardized testing in public schools be reduced. Many lawmakers have heard complaints from parents, students and teachers about the amount of time devoted to such examinations.But is less testing the best thing for students?If ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Warren city, church, school and police department leaders who have met over the last month to bridge the gap between citizens and police. The group aims to open conversations between the law enforcement community and city residents. ORCHID: To Warren native Nate Thomas, who recently ...

All Americans must fight for racial justice

During the past year it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. Specifically, allegations that some law enforcement officers and agencies treat African-Americans differently than whites have brought to the surface complaints that had simmered for ...