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Editorials

Ohio must reduce number of infant deaths

Many of the nearly 200 Ohio women who died from pregnancy-related causes during the past eight years could have been saved, a new state report concludes. Combine that information with reports indicating the state has the eighth-worst infant mortality rate in the nation, and it is clear Ohio ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Today, this newspaper’s editorial board offers its readers a Christmas gift in the form of what we believe is the best Christmas editorial ever written. It appeared not in December, but in September 1897, in the New York Sun, after 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon asked her now famous ...

For unto you is born a saviour

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she ...

Are you ready for Christmas?

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, Christmas dinner food bought and perhaps prepared in advance, ...

Push for vaping strategies, with suits if needed

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

New rule on asylum seeking is necessary

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Terry Prentice of Vienna, who called 911 and banged on the door of her neighbor’s home when she was awakened by the smell of smoke and discovered a late night fire. Prentice’s efforts were unsuccessful, and her neighbor perished in the blaze. Still, Prentice was a good ...

Meet swiftly any Taliban resurgence

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported this week. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from ...

Demo delays at old hospital site must end

How is it possible that there still is no end to the crumbling former hospital building on Tod Avenue NW? The dilapidated St. Joseph Riverside Hospital building closed in 1996. Yes, for 23 years the building has remained largely unoccupied in a state of ruin in the 1300 block of Tod ...

Until there are answers, keep Max jet grounded

Commercial aircraft production is a high-stakes business in more ways than one. Federal regulators should stick to their position of emphasizing one of those stakes — lives. Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliners have been grounded throughout the world since March, when two of the craft crashed in ...

Time to make things happen in rural Ohio

Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission has invested $2 billion in the state since 2003. This year, the statewide economic development initiative approved approximately $77 million to support tech startups. The lion’s share of that money is going to CincyTech in Cincinnati, JumpStart in Cleveland ...

We all must help in fight vs. suicide

We suspect it is no coincidence that the suicide rate in Ohio skyrocketed during the same period of time, 2007-2018, that the drug abuse epidemic was taking off. During that period, the number of suicides increased by 45 percent, according to a new report by the state Department of Health. ...

Hubbard Township needs to show transparency

It’s expensive to run a police department. There’s payroll and benefits for the officers and ancillary staff; there is purchase and upkeep of vehicles, and communication equipment and software. There are rising costs for insurances, office supplies, facility upkeep, utilities — and the ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To retired high school choir director Craig Carson who devotes much of his time to directing “Men of Praise,” the inmate choir at Trumbull Correctional Institution in Warren. Carson has volunteered at the prison since 2002. Carson said although some of the inmates in the choir ...

Many questions surround latest attack on a base

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Politics finally take back seat to right action

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democrat lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has ...

As US carbon emissions drop, China’s grows

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary- General Antonio Guterres last week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

College deaths not always just accidents

Reports of young men and sometimes young women injured, sometimes fatally, at college fraternity activities seem to be regular occurrences. Give higher education officials credit for cracking down with actions ranging from shutting fraternities down to expelling students. No doubt that has ...

US should be good neighbor, help Mexico

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Moment worth memorializing in our Valley

It was a quiet moment in baseball history, yet it’s been called the handshake of the century. And now the Mahoning Valley could be home to this symbolic sign of racial equality and respect. A larger-than-life bronze statue will commemorate the inspiring 1946 handshake of Jackie Robinson, ...