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Editorials

Save lives, find race component of coronavirus

From nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, it was clear the disease has a racial component. Black Americans have been affected far more severely than whites. Exactly why that is so has not been learned yet. Obviously, getting answers is critical. But blacks ...

This time, focus on Valley was about winning

All eyes were on Lordstown last week. Lordstown Motors Corp., that is, as Vice President Mike Pence traveled here during Thursday’s unveiling of the Valley’s newest locally manufactured vehicle, the Endurance, an all-electric pickup truck set to be built in the former General Motors ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Fairhaven Foundation, which received a $7,500 grant from Good Shepherd Foundation of Ohio — the second-largest grant ever obtained by Fairhaven — that will be used to enhance an art therapy program by purchasing paints, brushes, canvas and easels for very popular bi-weekly ...

Right to speak is more important than what’s said

The stance that, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” is among the most powerful — and important — comments ever made on freedom of speech. Some attribute it to the French Enlightenment philosopher / historian Voltaire. It is an ...

Americans will help heal world of virus

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...

Allow council members to do their jobs

Constituents elect their officials to represent them in making decisions. That is how our representative democracy form of government is intended to work. When residents are dissatisfied with how elected officials are representing them — which is bound to happen — they may speak loud and ...

US should stay strong against North Korea

Some things never change. North Korean dictators’ determination to stay in power by keeping the rest of the world off balance is one of them. For a time, it seemed as if North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un might be altering course from that pursued by his father and grandfather. Kim and U.S. ...

Transparency needed with relief funds

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

GM must fulfill promises to state, Valley

Ohio should hold General Motors accountable to pay back the $60 million in tax incentives it had received before shuttering the local assembly and stamping plants in Lordstown. Ohio’s Development Services Agency is recommending that Ohio’s Tax Credit Authority terminate its agreement ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To three Valley foundations for collaborating on grant-making efforts to help support organizations working toward the region’s re-emergence from the COVID-19 health crisis. The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Raymond John Wean Foundation and Youngstown Foundation ...

Today brings more needed focus to racism

Today we mark a day that has come to be known as “Juneteenth,” a commemoration of liberation from American slavery. Although President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, essentially ordering the freeing of slaves, the Civil War did not officially end ...

Fed must drive economy forward

Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the nation struggles to get an economy stalled by COVID-19 back in gear. Some success has been seen; by June 13, the U.S. unemployment rate was 13.3 percent, still high, yet much better than the 14.7 percent a month before. We have a long way to go. ...

Better planning will help voters maintain belief

Complaints about voter disenfranchisement often have more to do with incompetence than partisan scheming, we suspect. This year’s primary election in Georgia appears to be a case in point. Voters reported lengthy delays and other problems in many of the state’s 159 counties last Tuesday. ...

Dana Street inconvenience must end now

We still are scratching our heads at why a public thoroughfare on Warren’s northeast side has remained closed to traffic since 2016, reportedly so a business owner in the neighborhood can continue renovations on an industrial building there. Last week, council approved another request by the ...

Ohio lawmakers should consider police reform plan

People like Derek Chauvin need to be kept out of law enforcement. When they manage to elude safeguards with that as a goal, they need to be identified and booted out of the profession. And when law enforcement brutality does occur, it simply must be punished swiftly and severely. All that ...

Weeding out bad police will aid public trust

Use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel is a problem that transcends race, as a video shot recently in Buffalo, New York, makes clear. Taken by a television news crew, the video shows Buffalo police responding to a demonstration in the city’s Niagara Square. Like so many ...

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 ...