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Editorials

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Bill Paxson of Farmington, who was so inspired by the words of Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice that Paxson researched and wrote “Searching for Common Law and Representative Government,” a look back at early and mid-medieval European history for a ...

Christmas may be over, but financial struggles endure

Another Christmas season is in the history books. This one may deserve its own full chapter. COVID-19 has been hard on most of us to lesser or greater extents. But even as area residents worried about the future, they came through once more for our less fortunate neighbors. Many children and ...

US response to hack must be powerful

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Training is big part of ending police violence

Officers are trained to react within split seconds when responding to unknown situations. That training is supposed to equip them to make good decisions. Despite that, inevitably errors will occur. But they happen way too often, and also too often they involve black victims. The latest tragic ...

Drug companies’ evil practices still coming to light

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued this month explains ...

ODNR officers must be protected in doing their jobs

State agents who enforce hunting laws often have to confront suspects who are carrying guns. Very seldom does that result in violence. It did last week in Ohio’s Clinton County, as state Department of Natural Resources officers were investigating a deer poaching complaint. One of the ...

Well-paved roads more important than aesthetics

Some Warren City Council members want to see more money set aside in next year’s budget for road paving and sidewalk improvements, including examining the possibility of funding these types of projects with the city’s recently renewed 0.5 percent income tax. Warren Councilman John Brown, ...

Freedom of speech stops with threats

We Americans treasure our freedom of speech. We defend it staunchly. As the old saying goes, we may not agree with what some people say, but we defend their right to say it. Unless it is intended to incite violence to harm people otherwise. There, we draw the line. In August 2019, a ...

Continue push for expanded COVID-19 relief

Last week, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, described the newly passed $900 billion COVID-19 relief package as just a “down payment” on relief that’s needed for Americans impacted by this year’s pandemic. In a press conference held one day after he voted in support of the relief bill ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Mathews Board of Education for voting this week to lower its pay per meeting from the current $125 to $75 starting in the new year. Board member Tarin Brown recommended the reduction. Board members Beth Haddle and Ken Wallace agreed, with Wallace pointing out that many families ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Today, this newspaper’s editorial board offers its readers a Christmas gift in the form of what we believe is the best Christmas editorial ever written. It appeared not in December, but in September 1897, in the New York Sun, after 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon asked her now famous ...

Celebrate Christmas responsibly

We urge area residents thinking of going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 is more dangerous than ever in most states. As of Monday, Ohio’s Department of Health had ...

Time running out for repeal of Ohio HB 6

For months, there has been widespread agreement in the Ohio Statehouse that House Bill 6, enacted in 2019, was a bad idea. It authorizes payment of about $1 billion in subsidies to energy companies, including nuclear and solar power interests, over a period of years. Electric customers would ...

Reject purely punitive police spending cuts

Reforming law enforcement agencies where the stain of bigotry remains a threat to the public is important. We have no doubt the vast majority of men and women in the profession agree with that. But hamstringing them is not the answer. It not only discriminates against good police officers, ...

Repeal Ohio’s unconstitutional income tax rule

Some local city leaders and the Ohio Municipal League are arguing against attempts to change income tax laws that allow cities to collect tax from those working remotely, outside city boundaries. But state Sen. Kristina Roegner of Akron maintains workers should not be forced to pay taxes in ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To several Trumbull County fire departments that are joining forces to seek grants for turnout gear and other items for firefighter safety. Eagle Joint Fire District in the Hubbard area and the Liberty and Brookfield township fire departments are working together, hoping to improve ...

Compromise and agree for good of nation

There is something for both liberals and conservatives not to like about the bipartisan proposal for $908 billion in new aid to Americans suffering from the COVID-19 epidemic. It is not what is in the plan but, rather, what is not in it. Many Democrats want more aid for states included in the ...

Council term ends Dec. 31; anything more is judge’s call

Despite his pending legal challenge to the legality of the Nov. 3 general election, when the time comes for Newton Falls 3rd Ward Councilman Lyle Waddell’s term to end this month, he needs to vacate the seat. In a controversial move, council voted May 2019 to appoint Waddell to fill an ...

Pets don’t make good surprise gifts

Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

’21 brings new president, new inauguration

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade, and then on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer in just a few weeks. Inauguration Day for American presidents has ...