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Editorials

State must find answers on child insurance crisis

It appears there are more avenues than ever for states to ensure as many children as possible are covered by health insurance. So why were nearly 12,000 fewer Ohio youngsters covered in 2018 than in 2016? Gov. Mike DeWine is among those disturbed by the report, published in the Columbus ...

Boy Scouts art should be welcomed

We are thrilled that an agreement has been inked between the Boy Scouts of America and locally based Foundation Medici that will bring 350 valuable works of art to the Mahoning Valley this year, hopefully for a very lengthy stay. Custodianship of the collection, which includes 65 original ...

Parents must supervise kids more closely

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physical and online, the Cincinnati Police Department can provide one. Recently, Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one of its busiest days of the season. ...

Labeling judges by political party not a good idea

Ohioans should vote for the best people to serve them in the judiciary, not for the political party they prefer. The state’s system of nonpartisan elections for judges and state Supreme Court justices is a step in that direction. Some in the General Assembly think Ohio ought to take a ...

Park tree removal shows disrespect for city, residents

Warren officials should be ashamed of their recent unilateral decision to wipe out about 20 trees in Perkins Park in order to make way for, of all things, construction of a new bocce court and setup of the beer tent at this year’s Italian-American Heritage Festival. The popular four-day ...

Orchids and onions

Orchids and Onions * ORCHID: To planners creating a pilot program to use a $2.7 million grant to create and implement programs in the Mahoning Valley to establish early intervention programs for families at risk of becoming involved in the child welfare systems. The grant-funded program also ...

Recent fires are reminders: Check detectors

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You may have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before, and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Hint: Checked your smoke and / or carbon monoxide detectors ...

We must stop national debt from growing

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Church must get serious about cleanup

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

Work to make 2020 positive, honest, happy

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Work to make 2020 positive, honest, happy

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Local WVU player shares good advice

You have to love what’s happening to Derek Culver, the Youngstown kid who clearly was headed down the wrong road in life despite being gifted with physical attributes that would allow him to write his own ticket to be ultrasuccessful. Culver now is a 6-foot-10, 225-pound power forward ...

Be cautious of rest stop upgrade costs

Ohioans may wonder a bit about the state’s attempts to better market itself to travelers — more than one online commenter believed the childlike “Ohio: Find it here” signs installed about a year ago were a joke — but the folks in Columbus seem to be truly working on making a better ...

New rules needed for e-cigarettes

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

Don’t become victim of scams during holidays

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the members of Girl Scout Troop 80827 in Bristol who collected items for care packages for servicemen and -women overseas. Operation Care and Comfort will ship the items, which include health and hygiene products, candy, books and food, in early 2020. • ORCHID: To the Warren ...

Sound off!

Trump has committed no impeachable offenses. Democrats wanted him out of office even before he was sworn in. It’s kind of like Mitch McConnell saying in 2008 his job was to make sure President Obama was a one-term president. You should read the Constitution again. It’s a shame this is so ...

Foundation reminds us of adoption needs

Though perhaps better known for founding a fast-food restaurant chain, the late Dave Thomas was also one of the Buckeye State’s most high-profile adoption success stories. Now, the foundation that bears his name is celebrating a milestone: more than 1,000 successful adoptions from foster care ...

Let’s hope this program can make difference for kids

Should one need further proof that the federal government and its bureaucracy are dangerously behind and out-of-touch with reality, take a look at the “revelation” presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month. It turns out, childhood trauma — or Adverse ...

It’s time to erect new statues in US

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...