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Editorials

Virus’s effect has us down, but not out

COVID-19 is being blamed for lengthy delays in new area construction and business growth, including the planned Boscov’s opening at the Eastwood Mall Complex and development of a new Menards warehouse in nearby Portage County. We are sorely disappointed to see the current health crisis has ...

Niles, neighbors must come to table for talks

It appears Niles officials are making good on their threats to attempt to annex land from Weathersfield into the city. While we generally have used this space to promote regionalization efforts that can lead to efficiencies in government operations and spending for the good of the entire ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To Doug Genna, Youngstown State University associate professor of chemistry, and Mariah DeFuria, a 2017 YSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, for their design of a newly patented material that could assist in the process of removing pharmaceuticals increasingly found in ...

Have compassion in collection demand of compensation error

About 48,000 Ohioans who received more unemployment benefits than they were entitled to may have to repay the money, state officials say. Often in such cases, over-payments result from claimants failing to report money they received while collecting benefits. Where flagrant, substantial ...

We must always guard against all types of enemies

A generation of young Americans have been reminded brutally of the price we pay for letting down our guard against murderous enemies. Nineteen years ago today, on Sept. 11, 2001, the foes were terrorists based abroad, who massacred 2,997 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and on an ...

Remember bright parts of Raymond’s life

So many times over the past 35 years we have written heart-wrenching stories about the horrors of Raymond Fife’s death and the ongoing legal battles involving ever-recurring court appeals and delays in the execution of his convicted killer Danny Lee Hill. Raymond Fife, of course, was the ...

Stop haggling, ensure deal has credit insurance

Among popular Christmas season activities during recent years has been finding the Elf on the Shelf. The stuffed toy, about 12 inches long, delights children who wonder where in the house he or she may be hiding. Thanks to COVID-19, a good place to start looking for the Elf this year would be ...

TSA worker proves good still exists

Frustration with government is understandable. Sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants in the ranks who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their very best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. Perhaps you missed the ...

If you plan to vote by mail, do not delay

Ohioans have a fail-safe method of reacting to warnings about problems with mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election: Don’t delay. Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office already has begun mailing applications for mail-in absentee ballots to every registered voter in Ohio. Those ...

Ohio lawmakers must not delay repeal of HB6

Local state legislators Sen. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, and Rep. Michael J. O’Brien, D-Warren, wasted no time getting to work to repeal the nuclear bailout bill that adds surcharges to every Ohio electric bill after allegations of bribery and political favors came to light recently. But so ...

Ohio lawmakers must not delay repeal of HB6

Local state legislators Sen. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, and Rep. Michael J. O’Brien, D-Warren, wasted no time getting to work to repeal the nuclear bailout bill that adds surcharges to every Ohio electric bill after allegations of bribery and political favors came to light recently. But so ...

Today, reflect on Americans’ strength, resolve

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and, in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. And reflecting upon it gives us ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To the Mahoning Valley Women’s Suffragists organization and to nine women the group honored last week for their embodiment of the spirit of the legendary women who started the suffrage movement. The honors were bestowed to help mark last month’s 100th anniversary of ratification of ...

Timely release of school COVID details critical

Ours has been called the “Information Age.” Within hours of a Hollywood celebrity opining on politics, we know about it. Even local news travels at the speed of light; we hear how our high school football team did minutes after the fourth-quarter clock hits zero. But if Ohioans want to ...

Despite virus, we must help feed children

Behind the unemployment statistics — between 16 million and 18 million Americans without jobs, many as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic — are the children. Millions of them are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table. Now is not the time to ...

Slow due process is horrible lesson for young victim

Many — especially crime victims — likely would argue the wheels of justice often grind much more slowly than they would desire. We suspect the family of a Trumbull County teenage skateboarder whose foot was run over by a car driven by a man who left the scene in July 2018 would agree. ...

Low interest rates will help economy grow

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...

Some health details must be released

With public schools in many states either already reopened or preparing to in coming weeks, it is virtually inevitable that there will be COVID-19 outbreaks in some classrooms. That will result in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them will be ...

‘Fine print’ error embarrassment for lawmakers

Plans are underway to fix an error in legislation passed last year attempting to penalize communities who use hand-held speed cameras with a loss of local government money. What was intended, and what was passed, are not the same. The transportation budget bill that passed in 2019 included ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Paul and Yetta Gluck of Warren whose generous $150,000 donation made possible the new Paul & Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts Studio at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown. This generous couple said they see the new studio as something with the ability to bring people ...