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Editorials

Astronomer shared great love of space

Space truly is the final frontier, and there is so much we don’t yet know about what’s out there. Our area — and our world, really — lost a phenomenal scientist last week who spent his entire life and every ounce of his passion on not only researching space, but sharing all that ...

Despite new legislation, HB6 still needs to go

We were pleased to see House Bill 128’s passage last week in Columbus, a bill that includes language to repeal parts of the controversial nuclear bailout bill that added fees to all Ohioans’ electric bills. HB 128 passed the Ohio House last Thursday by a vote of 89-0. It passed the Ohio ...

Repeated Falls recalls are illogical

Here we go again. Dissatisfied with their council representation, residents in Newton Falls, once again, have filed petitions to recall an elected official. This time the target is 4th Ward Councilwoman Sandra Breymaier. More than 200 people signed the petition. According to the ...

Demand for energy sources must be genuine

For decades now, lawmakers in other states have decried subsidies in places such as California that artificially propped up solar and other renewable energy sources. The argument was that if those energy sources could not succeed in the free market on their own merits, they shouldn’t be ...

Protect, build on lofty assets of local air base

Like so many other distinguished and defining assets of the Mahoning Valley, one robust institution in our community too often has been undervalued and taken for granted. That institution is the mammoth Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna Township, home to the highly acclaimed 910th ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Warren schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro and other school leaders for planning an in-person prom and commencement ceremonies this spring for Warren G. Harding’s Class of 2021. Given the easing of the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, restoration of these rite-of-passage ...

Weathersfield’s decision sounds like sour grapes

The recent decision by Weathersfield Township trustees to pull the plug on an economic development contract the township has held for years with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber seems counterproductive for a few reasons. Trustees voted 3-0 earlier this month to end their contractual ...

New clinic helps give vets care they deserve

Our veterans deserve nothing but the best. That’s why we are so pleased to see the beautiful new state-of-the-art facility, the Carl A. Nunziato Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, now serving them at 1815 Belmont Ave., Youngstown. The facility opened in January and will serve veterans in ...

Board members needed to conduct business till end

A recent exodus by Trumbull Transit Board members in the months leading up to the board’s expected dissolution is making it difficult to conduct the business needed to wind down operations there. Trumbull commissioners moved earlier this year to begin dissolving the transit board. This ...

Vaccines open to all, regardless of insurance

An Ohio man’s accusations are raising questions about whether those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the Buckeye State can be turned away because they do not have health insurance. The answer is an unequivocal no. According to a man who said he is a diabetic, no appointments ...

Bill’s restrictions on health orders go a bit too far

Ohio’s Republican lawmakers, trying for about a year now to rein in Gov. Mike DeWine’s authority to issue public health orders during the pandemic, finally may have the votes to do it. Senate Bill 22 would let Ohio’s General Assembly vote on whether to extend or end states of ...

Broaden Valley broadband with Rescue Act funds

If Americans have learned anything from the past 13 months of shutdowns, lockdowns and quarantines wrought by the monstrous COVID-19 pandemic, it is that access to quality high-speed internet service has played an increasingly dominant role in our daily lives. Workers rely on it to perform ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Danella and Christopher Monsman of Warren, parents of 9-year-old Krista Monsman, who has spinal muscular atrophy type 2 and must travel frequently in her wheelchair to Cleveland for treatment. Her parents have launched a clever Easter-themed community fundraising campaign to ...

All meetings must happen in public eye

Happy Sunshine Week. The week was launched in 2005 by journalists hoping to drive home the importance of open government. Most Americans fully understand that their government should operate in the open — whether it’s public access in the form of public meetings or public records and ...

Trump not right name for state park

Mosquito Lake is not the best name to attract tourists to our beautiful lake and state park, but if we’re going to consider changing it, surely there are better options than Donald J. Trump State Park. Love Trump or hate him, it’s hard to dispute that naming the nearby state park after ...

Chamber award to GM focuses on future, not past

No one knows better than residents of this Mahoning Valley about picking ourselves up after being knocked down. We all remember that dark day, Sept. 19, 1977, when thousands of steelworkers lost their jobs with the shuttering of Youngstown Sheet & Tube’s Campbell Works, following by a ...

Grohl induction would be big hit for the Valley

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters soon will be casting their ballots for the Class of 2021 inductees. Among the 16 nominees is the rock band Foo Fighters, a group led by Warren native Dave Grohl. Foo Fighters is in its first year of eligibility, and many are saying the group is a likely ...

It’s the annual time to check smoke alarms

If you didn’t forget, this weekend you “sprung ahead” by moving your clocks forward one hour. The twice-yearly activity of changing our clocks is also the time that most fire and home- safety experts would say also should serve as a reminder for something that’s actually even more ...

Invest Valley’s stimulus using a regional strategy

Word came last week that the Mahoning Valley and communities all across America soon will be the beneficiaries of enormous windfalls funded by our federal government and the United States taxpayers. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package signed into law last week by President Joe Biden ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Ohio Department of Transportation for its commitment to provide extra funding to assist local transit agencies and health departments to ensure all eligible Ohioans can get to vaccination sites. The program will provide $7 million to public transportation operators across the ...