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Editorials

Be cautious of our children out tonight

No doubt many adults are annoyed by reminders that we need to be on our toes to protect children in our communities. After all, we are adults, are we not? We don’t need to be told to watch out for the kids, do we? Apparently, we do, especially on Halloween. Children are twice as likely to ...

Both mayor choices bring questions

Incumbents seeking re-election to office often have an edge at the polls. Some might question whether that’s the case, though, in the race for Warren mayor. Democratic incumbent Doug Franklin is seeking to win his third term in office, but faces a challenge by former Trumbull County ...

Arno Hill deserves re-election

Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill has worked hard to secure new business after new business in his community, ranging from an aluminum plant to massive power plants and more. Today, walls are going up on a $140 million HomeGoods Distribution Center expected to employ some 1,000 workers with a $27 ...

Encryption of emergency calls limits freedoms

Few could argue that our founding fathers opposed this nation’s citizenry having a right and responsibility to participate in government. Indeed, citizen involvement is a critical ingredient in democracy. That is true in every aspect of government — including law enforcement. That’s ...

Orchids & onions

• ORCHID: To contractor Jet Excavating of New Middletown and to all the elected officials representing Kinsman, Trumbull County and even on the state and federal level, who were involved in securing grant money, hiring contractors, designing a plan and then building a new road in about three ...

Bigotry has no place in America

We know no one in our area who reacted to the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly a year ago with anything other than sorrow and anger. But a microscopically tiny number of people viewed the assault, in which 11 worshippers were murdered, as a model, according to the Anti-Defamation ...

US must win the high-tech computing race

We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...

Legislators should be the lawmakers

The group pushing for a statewide referendum that could overturn Ohio’s nuclear bailout law says it won’t turn in petitions by Monday’s deadline. That political action committee calling itself Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts had until Monday to turn in 265,774 valid signatures from ...

Don’t extend businessman special deals

Warren businessman Christopher Alan is wrong to demand special treatment from governmental entities — especially until he starts to show evidence of growth and employment in a community that has been more than willing to assist him in his endeavors to this point. And the city is wrong to ...

Governor’s plan to head off violence

Talk about red flags: Reaction to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposal to reduce violence may be raising a gigantic one in the minds of Buckeye State residents concerned about personal liberties. Among DeWine’s recommendations is that people with severe mental health problems, dependent on ...

Report shows opioid cost is overwhelming

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Election letter deadline set

Letters from local writers about the upcoming election candidates and issues will be published in this newspaper as space permits on a first-come, first-served basis. Thursday is the deadline for the newspaper to receive letters to the editor about the Nov. 5 general election for publication ...

Look beyond GM assembly to new future

While we are pleased to see the work stoppage at General Motors approaching a conclusion, like most residents in the Mahoning Valley, we are saddened and disturbed that the contract also brings a finality to GM’s Lordstown complex. Terms of the tentative four-year agreement reached last ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Matt Davis of Warren, who is a walking example of why opioid overdose revivals with Narcan are not a wasted effort. Davis, 30, admits his life was a mess as he overdosed and was brought back more times than he can remember. But it saved his life long enough to turn it around, and ...

Mayor debate should go on in Warren

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin wants his challenger Randy Law to explain why Law has been getting political backing from a particular Marietta-based group. Franklin is so interested in the connection between Law and a political action committee calling itself “America’s Tomorrow” that ...

Sex crimes must not be swept away

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. She ...

Don’t promote opioids despite alternatives

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

Science proves rethinking issues finds new answers

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Don’t let automaking future slip by

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is vowing an “all-electric future” when it comes to new automobiles. To get there, GM has been wading through a restructuring plan in attempts to raise cash to help develop 20 electric models that it plans to sell worldwide by 2023. Organized labor has ...

Debate ideas from DeWine with respect

Nothing Gov. Mike DeWine proposed last week has not been discussed previously, in one form or another. That makes it certain the governor’s agenda will be the subject of sustained, sometimes fierce, debate. Personal liberties and gun control are the subjects, after all. After a gunman ...