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Editorials

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To dozens of local school districts in Trumbull and Mahoning counties that have been operating ahead of the curve on social-emotional learning guidelines that recently were adopted at the state level. These important programs already have been successfully implemented for years in ...

Eliminating fossil fuel use not practical

We Americans are renowned worldwide for our ingenuity and resourcefulness. When we encounter challenges, we find ways to overcome them. That makes proposals by several Democratic candidates for president quite puzzling. Where, pray tell, is the can-do American spirit? Five of the candidates ...

Come quickly to aid Bahamas after Dorian

What happened to people in the Bahamas during the weekend is difficult to comprehend. For a full day and a half, Hurricane Dorian parked itself directly over the Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Sustained winds as high as 185 mph, torrential rain and 20-foot storm surges brutalized our ...

Investigation into Epstein must continue

A few of the women victimized by the late Jeffrey Epstein got their day in court last week, and some expressed frustration that they will never see him there. Epstein, the rich sexual abuser who committed suicide in jail earlier this summer, was to have been tried on various charges that he ...

Show support for Chinese protesters

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Temporary pause in purge is prudent

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose indeed is required by law to oversee a cleanup of voter registration lists in the state’s 88 counties. However, reports of serious errors in the process suggest pausing it for a time may not be a bad idea. Some Democratic Party leaders, in a pattern seen ...

Temporary pause in purge is prudent

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose indeed is required by law to oversee a cleanup of voter registration lists in the state’s 88 counties. However, reports of serious errors in the process suggest pausing it for a time may not be a bad idea. Some Democratic Party leaders, in a pattern seen ...

Toughen penalties on robocalls

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number, and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Welcome to “robocalls,” those annoying automated communications that at times seem to ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Panerathon founder and primary sponsor Covelli Enterprises and to everyone else involved in this amazing event that supports breast cancer treatment in the Mahoning Valley. Sunday’s 10th annual Panerathon saw 300 teams consisting of about 5,000 registered runners and walkers in ...

We all must battle against spread of racism

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden this week, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. But it does exist — and that simply is unacceptable. We as a people need to do more to stamp it out. No form of bigotry, including the ...

Sen. Sanders’ climate plan not realistic

One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ version of the “new green deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

No sign yet of plans to help coal towns

Coal miners “are not my enemy. Workers in the fossil fuel industry are not my enemy,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told a crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday. “Climate change is our enemy,” Sanders added. Like so many ultra-liberal politicians, Sanders wants ...

Drive carefully as kids head back to school

School children are back to Mahoning Valley classrooms, and drivers need to again heighten their awareness on school days. As drivers, we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from schools or bus stops. And remember, it’s ...

‘Medicare for all’ not as good as it sounds

“Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful it, until they learned and thought more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now, some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for ...

Pullout of third power plant is big local loss

It was just about a month ago when the Tribune Chronicle reported about the possibility of a third natural gas-fired power plant coming to Trumbull County. Now, however, the plug has been pulled on that third plant. A developer linked that decision directly to recent passage of Ohio House ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To organizers and volunteers of Warren City Schools who took part in this week’s fourth annual “100 Community Men of Warren” event. More than 100 men stood at entrances of all five Warren City School District buildings on the students’ first day back. They handed out ...

Voters must stand up to meddling

Voters in every state, including ours, ought to be outraged at what is going on in Maine. There, massive outside intervention in an election is occurring — and the Russians have nothing to do with it. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, made headlines last year when she announced she would ...

Trump should consider talks with Beijing

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such ...

Conduct all business out in the open

Ohio Supreme Court members should not have had to issue the unanimous ruling they did last week. That they were required to do so should anger Buckeye State residents. Ruling in a lawsuit filed by a community newspaper in Cuyahoga County, justices ordered that government bodies cannot conduct ...

Taliban must cooperate fully with US

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...