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Editorials

Youth sports assaults are still … assaults

Apparently, sports does not build character among some people. That conclusion ought to follow reports of increasing harassment, sometimes including physical assault, of referees handling youth athletic contests. Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would make assaulting a referee ...

Pioneer broke barriers of race, gender

Though she lived an incredibly full 101 years, the death of Katherine Johnson came as a bit of a surprise — and with some sadness. Giants like her seem as though they will be with us forever. And Johnson was, truly, an American giant. Despite all the challenges that came with being born a ...

Don’t blame Italian fest for treegate

Warren city leaders might be correct in taking an aggressive approach to relocating popular downtown festivals to nearby Perkins Park. Many permanent downtown businesses have frequently opposed festivals held on Warren’s Courthouse Square Park, complaining that the events clog the downtown ...

New legislation would improve safety of Amish

Ohio is home to a substantial number of Amish residents, more than 76,000 of them. All too frequently, we have to report accidents in which motor vehicles have struck horse-draw buggies operated by the Amish. Ohio already has laws on the books intended to safeguard the Amish, but obviously, ...

Blair should keep seat in 63rd district

In his short eight-month stint as representative of Ohio’s 63rd House district, Democrat Gil Blair already has proven his ability to reach across the aisle in a heavily Republican chamber and offers in-depth working knowledge of economic needs for our area. To the contrary, his opponents in ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Hubbard Township for announcing recently that glass will again be accepted at the township’s recycling bins. Glass had been prohibited last year. • ORCHID: To the hundreds of baseball fans who turned out this week at Eastwood Mall to participate in a rally to save the ...

More time needed before appointments

In their appointment of Gary Steinbeck to the open at-large seat on Warren City Council, Trumbull County Democrats accepted applications up until a deadline that was just about 18 hours before the vote. Steinbeck was selected from among seven applicants seeking the appointment, and he was ...

Proposed tax savings could cost us

Ohio state legislators may be coming to understand the truth of an old warning: No good deed goes unpunished. Some lawmakers have been considering a proposal that the state constitution be amended to make it more difficult for the General Assembly to increase taxes. On the face of it, that ...

Eliminating school grades is ridiculous

Parents who disagree with marks their children receive on school report cards sometimes argue the grading system is not fair and should be altered. Few suggest grades ought to be done away with entirely. That would be crazy. Children’s progress in school has to be measured somehow. That ...

Backup plan a must for first ‘digital’ census

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

Consider the source before jumping aboard

Political controversy is seen by some people solely as an opportunity for fame and fortune. It seems attorney Michael Avenatti belongs in that category. Avenatti’s big chance came when the California attorney latched onto a prize client: Stephanie Clifford, more commonly known in the porn ...

Iranians’ hatred of US runs deep

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...

Stop endless closure of Dana Street

Kudos to new Warren Councilman Greg Greathouse for keeping council on its toes by recently pointing out that, once again, council has failed to act on a necessary decision stemming from the more than three-year closure of Dana Street at the request of an area businessman. To be certain, we ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To lawmakers for recently honoring an area first responder who died in 1953 in the line of duty by renaming a stretch of state Route 7 between state Routes 82 and 305 in Trumbull County as “James A. Fredericka Memorial Highway.” Fredericka, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper ...

International hackers cannot get a free pass

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Early talks on environmental issue good for all

General Motors did the right thing by inviting a local environmental group to meet with the company to discuss the group’s concerns ahead of next month’s public hearing about a permit application to build a new electric vehicle battery plant on Lordstown acreage that includes a large swath ...

Keep A-F grades in school report card revamp

Ohio public education officials are talking about how the state’s “report card” system of rating schools can be improved. No doubt the evaluations can be made better. But one thing should stay the same. Letter grades, from A-F, are used to rate how well schools are doing in various ...

Nation should use Iowa as a warning

These days, it seems as if there is an app for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

Early release of terrorists risks too much

Concern about overcrowded jails and prisons, combined with a laudable desire to give people who have made mistakes second chances in life, have prompted many Americans to rethink sentences for criminal offenses. That is occurring at the local, state and federal levels. Indeed, we need to ...

Ryan’s display disrespected Oval Office

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan walked out during the State of the Union address Tuesday in what we would describe as a childish act of showmanship. This was not a moment of frustration that led our Valley’s congressman to feel a need to get away. If that were the case, then why not just walk away, calm ...