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Editorials

It’s time for libraries to go back to full use

We are disappointed that, despite the reopening of bars, hair salons, tattoo parlors and other locations where customers may visit, sit and spend time, many of our tax-supported public libraries are choosing not to allow visitors or library users to come inside. Yes, we realize many libraries ...

Raise and salute Old Glory today

Today, Flag Day, is a day when thoughtful Americans pay homage to what Old Glory represents. This year, for many reasons, our nation has felt divided. There have been racial protests in recent weeks from coast to coast. There has been division among Americans over the issue of closing or ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins for continuing his fight in the nearly 35-year-old death penalty case of Danny Lee Hill, who sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered 12-year-old Raymond Fife in 1985. After the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned ...

Community, Catholics lost valued leader

Bishop George Murry was well-known for his infectious laugh and constant smile. But as his life is celebrated today during a Mass of Christian burial at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, there is so much more that we should recall. Sadly, the bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown passed ...

Defunding police isn’t right answer

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger. Yet some ...

Prosecutors should review ODNR spending

The idea that government officials should be good stewards of taxpayers’ money does not seem to have caught on. New evidence that some bureaucrats do not see that as important comes from a report by Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer. Meyer’s report details illegal, extravagant and ...

Local companies lose when city is the competition

Vehicles ordered to be towed by Warren police officers soon no longer will go to a privately operated lot but instead to a city-operated impound yard, as approved recently by Warren City Council at an accelerated pace. The idea is to make money, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that ...

Gun safety even more critical when children are around

A family in Cleveland continues to mourn after a 12-year-old boy and his brother found a loaded gun in their father’s truck and tragedy followed last week. Donell King Jr., 12, died after having attempted to take the gun away from his brother, who had picked it up. The gun went off, and ...

Learn from April; be ready for November

County election boards throughout Ohio did a superb job in handling the April primary election. So did hundreds of thousands of voters. Perhaps political science professors already have started writing books about the election process this year. If not, they will. COVID-19 has made the ...

Every state should follow test guidance

Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the organizers and more than 1,000 participants of the “We Matter” rally in downtown Warren to protest the senseless killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. The group was able to express its collective frustration and outrage over the treatment of ...

We should learn from educational response to COVID

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was canceled. There is evidence many ...

First responders deserve salutes, too

Hospital personnel such as nurses and doctors, ambulance crews and other full-time health care professionals are viewed by many Americans as the front-line heroines and heroes of the COVID-19 outbreak. A recent episode reminds us first responders such as police officers and firefighters are ...

‘We Matter’ protest shows strong message

The “We Matter” movement presented a powerful message of peace in Warren on Monday evening. And we are happy to commend the more than 1,000 participants in the demonstration as they strongly presented their pleas for justice and fairness as part of a nationwide response to the senseless ...

Unmaintained dams need attention, too

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes last week, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part, because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back some ...

There must be limits to US assistance

Activities such as that which, in recent weeks, embroiled this county and Venezuela in another controversy are nothing new in American history. Though the word “filibustering” is normally confined to politics these days, it had another use during part of the 19th century. Then, it referred ...

Leave no stone unturned in Liberty probe

We, like many in the Mahoning Valley and especially residents of Liberty Township, are wondering how this ever was able to happen. We are speaking, of course, about the allegations of ongoing drug activity at a Liberty Township fire station, the overdose death of a firefighter and then the ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To all the volunteers who came out amid the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure fallen servicemen and -women were honored this past Memorial Day by placing American flags on graves or patriotic wreaths at cemetery entrances throughout the area. In Trumbull County, the Memorial Day ...

Make permanent COVID program for older Ohioans

A state program for Ohioans 60 years of age and older ought to outlive the COVID-19 epidemic, even though the outbreak prompted officials to launch it. It is the “Staying Connected” initiative, an automated service by which older Buckeye State residents are contacted by phone once per day ...

Falls should drop speed camera idea

Newton Falls was correct to table discussions about adding a speed camera program to village law enforcement, and now should permanently toss the idea out. Attributing the idea in part to the coronavirus pandemic that heightened awareness of social distancing to help protect law enforcement ...