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Editorials

Kim regime reckoning will come

It is tempting sometimes to view North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un as the little dictator who cried missile. Unfortunately, he gets away with his saber rattling too often. He did it again earlier this month, ordering his military to fire three short-range rockets off the country’s east ...

Polivka should get Democratic nod for seat

The stance of Democratic Trumbull County commissioner candidate Carl Clemens III on leadership and cooperation should be heeded by everyone in elected office. His main goal, when asked by this newspaper’s editorial board, was to bring awareness to the need for cooperation “because they ...

Rex Fee better choice for GOP nomination

In a rare contested Republican primary for a Trumbull County commissioner seat, two candidates have emerged who are intelligent, educated and well-versed on issues facing the county. However, their personalities and approaches are drastically different. Niki Frenchko of Warren displays ...

Sex offender deserves the max sentence

Even if he serves the full 42 years in prison that may be imposed for his crimes, Nicholas Cochran could be a threat to society once he is discharged. He is only 28 years old. Cochran, of Lima, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to charges including sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl. A plea ...

Rethink laws about engineer qualifications

Voters always should have a choice at the polls. Competition raises the bar among political candidates in terms of competency, planning and achieving promised goals. But very specific qualifications under Ohio law place great limits on candidates for certain elected posts including county ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To WRTA, Trumbull County’s Transit leaders, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and the Ohio Department of Transportation for their involvement in bringing new fixed-route bus service to Warren. The sorely needed service kicked off this week after a 30-year fixed route ...

Sound off!

While I am happy the desecrated area behind Warren’s Women’s Park will not be further tainted by bocce courts and that native trees will be planted, there is still some unfinished business. The person who caused this debacle should be held financially responsible for all costs associated ...

Foster homes are needed for area children

More local foster parents are needed, and we urge parents and families to consider stepping up. In 2019, 16,000 Ohio children were in foster care. This year, that number is expected to reach 20,000. An agency that provides mental health services and administers foster parent services has ...

It is time to wrap up traffic probe

What is taking so long to wrap up a 2018 traffic investigation involving a county official and a Brookfield teen? Trumbull County 911 Director Ernest Cook, who previously was police chief in Brookfield and Vienna townships and chief deputy with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, is ...

Ohio should find way to aid abuse victims

Victims of domestic abuse who are seeking an escape from their situation do not have an easy choice. Fleeing can mean the loss of shelter and financial security — perhaps even the loss of a job, which could prompt the courts to award custody of children to someone else. For some victims, a ...

We can’t rely on overseas drug production

Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Last week, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Afghanistan must use tools US provided

A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

Be calm, avoid rash decisions on investments

Many of us have little detailed, direct control over our investments, which are in 401(k) funds and other instruments through which we save money for retirement. But for those who can and do make regular decisions on how their money is invested, last week was not a pleasant one. One headline ...

Good judgment needed to work with children

Children, even very young ones, can be very difficult. On occasion, parents, teachers and others supervising them have to be very strict to protect the youngsters and others around them. But should a 6-year-old be arrested and carted off to any sort of detention by law enforcement ...

Niles forced annexation plan divisive

Consistently, this newspaper’s editorial board had favored regionalization efforts if they could create new efficiencies in local government — for the good of the entire area. But regionalized efforts must come with a spirit of cooperation. Late last year, the city of Niles passed ...

Deadline for election letters approaching

Letters to the editor addressing local election races and issues must be received no later than Wednesday in order to be considered for publication in this newspaper’s print edition. Letters received after the deadline still may be considered for publication online only. Letters may debate ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Newton Falls Village Council for discussions on the order of council meeting agenda items. Council is considering allowing citizens’ comments to occur near the beginning of meetings for agenda items — before action is taken on motions — and at the end of meetings for ...

Be on guard against future Weinsteins

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. This week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March 11. ...

Correct info critical for US Census

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the U.S. ...

Don’t allow evil to ruin BSA beauty

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the Scouts became victims of the adults they and ...