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Editorials

Philadelphia incident shows police restraint

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened last Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day, police went to a ...

Urgency needed in Kinsman

It’s unfortunate that residents who lived in the area of the beautiful Kinsman Lake now will have a far less beautiful view from their porches. But public officials are correct in their decision that the dam, created by a private association, cannot be repaired using taxpayer ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To all local communities that marked National Night Out last week by hosting local events intended to help grow and promote good relations between police and residents. At a time when national media so frequently is reporting on violence and division between officers and community, ...

We must also hold employers responsible

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

Feds must probe prison conditions

The apparent suicide of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while in federal custody continues to make headlines. For a time, the murder of vicious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger at a federal prison in West Virginia was big news. But what about the other prisoners who die violently while in federal ...

Temporary inconvenience should pay off

Temporary inconvenience accessing East Market Street from state Route 82 will be worth it when a safer new crossing is completed. The very busy crossing, frequently the site of collisions and near misses, has been in need of an upgrade for quite some time. That’s why we are pleased to ...

Biggest puzzle is what drives mass murders

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding — as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has — that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick ...

New gun law effectiveness is questionable

A 33-year-old Southern California man’s murderous rampage Wednesday was a reminder of the futility of relying on gun control laws to curb violence. He used knives to kill four people in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. After the man was apprehended, one police official described him as “full ...

No worker should face safety risks

After nearly seven years, a North Jackson aluminum company is being fined $250,000 for its failure in safety practices that led to the death of a Niles man who worked there. Two managers who worked in the plant and have pleaded guilty to attempting to cover up the problems are expected to be ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Novelis, an aluminum plant located in Warren, which donated hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to the Warren Family Mission for distribution to needy students this week. The distribution of 475 supply-filled backpacks will help hundreds of local kids get off to a good ...

Always practice smart farming techniques

Got a problem? Blame climate change. Sometimes, it seems that is the knee-jerk reaction to many of the challenges facing humankind. Now, feeding the world’s 7.5 billion people is being linked to climate change. A new United Nations report maintains, in the words of one of its co-authors, ...

Good neighbors watch out for one another

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was home when ...

Voters suffer from ill-timed resignation

Former Niles Council President Barry Steffey Jr. appeared to be on the fast track to another term in the post. But his last-minute resignation from the post last week has left the Democratic Party scrambling to find a replacement candidate. The deadline for the party to find a replacement ...

Heavy storms can’t stop local Italian festival

The drive and resilience of local residents shone again following Tuesday’s violent storm in Warren that toppled trees, shattered store-front windows and outed power. The high winds and heavy downpour that dumped torrential rain on Warren also upended tents already being readied for this ...

Those at fault should be held responsible

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are ...” In reply, a sales representative for ...

We first must learn ‘why’ mass murderers kill

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered at least 31 people in Dayton and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

Now is time to verify voter registration

If you are an Ohioan planning to vote in next year’s important elections, think back: Have you voted in any election or referendum during the past six years? If not, shame on you. But more important for the future, you may want to ensure you remain registered to vote next year. State law ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Girl Scout Rayna Lambert, 12, of Bristol, who is showcasing her monarch butterfly 4-H project this week at the Ohio State Fair. Last month Rayna, a member of Girl Scout Troop 80101, addressed the Trumbull County commissioners about the importance of preserving milkweed for ...

City must grant investigators unlimited access

All Warren city officials, including members of City Council, must ensure taxpayers that all investigations into any serious allegations of wrongdoing are completed without limits. That’s why Warren City Council’s contemplation of paying outside attorneys to represent city employees ...

Veteran bill is just good common sense

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common-sense bill to help veterans of military service. Among those pushing for the measure, the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, S 2011. It was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. ...