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Editorials

Questions exist on need for full-time city job

A new part-time Warren City Council clerk might be warranted, but after years without one, there should be no rush. City council debated the need either to fill an existing full-time deputy clerk position that has remained vacant for many years, along with the possibility of amending language ...

Peace, unity needed today and in future

President Donald Trump will leave the White House today and Joe Biden will take the oath of office in a promised peaceful transition, but likely without any personal interaction. Trump has said he will not attend Biden’s inauguration today, the first outgoing president to skip the ceremony ...

Social media bans seem Orwellian

Every American should be concerned with the actions taken by the major online tech platforms to ban President Donald Trump’s social media accounts. It sets an alarming precedent and has raised concern among many world leaders. The action followed the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Twitter and ...

We renew King’s call for unity, equality

Today, on this holiday, we ask how can we better follow the example and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Area clergy and Valley leaders told our reporter last week that in light of events in the past 12 months that included upheaval in our nation’s capital or that led to Black Lives ...

Outgoing GOP leader served party well

After embarrassing dysfunction just a few years ago, the Trumbull County Republican Party has made great strides under the leadership of local party Chairman Kevin Wyndham. But now, Wyndham, who successfully unified the Trumbull GOP after significant division, last week announced he would ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Health Department and many first responders who came together this week to announce their plan to distribute 2,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Statewide, distribution has been slow, but locally, officials are working hard to establish a good plan for ...

Tragic deaths are reminder of fire safety

The investigation is continuing into the New Year’s Day fatal Warren fire in which a mother and her young son perished. Right now, investigators are calling the cause “undetermined,” but an in-depth report released by the Ohio Fire Marshal already indicates that careless use of smoking ...

Local superfan merits football Hall induction

There’s a real opportunity to get recognition for a Youngstown resident as an inductee into the Ford Hall of Fans associated with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton. Ray Prisby is one of six football fanatics (fan is short for fanatic) nominated for induction into the Ford Hall ...

New goals, commissioner and beginnings

Undoubtedly things are different in the Trumbull County commissioners office these days. Admittedly, we weren’t quite sure how many times newly elected commissioner Niki Frenchko’s legal eligibility to serve as a Trumbull County commissioner was going to be questioned, but now that a ...

Impeachment will only add to polarization

If the divisiveness in our nation is to end, we must find ways to move beyond this tumultuous final stretch of Donald Trump’s presidency. A new battle on Capitol Hill over whether to impeach Trump in the final days before his term expires does not appear to be the logical way to address ...

Pass bill that would provide internet access

The COVID-19 epidemic has made apparent the glaring need in how we educate children. With their schools closed, millions of students for weeks or even months on end have been forced to rely on “remote learning” via the internet. But online learning is impossible for a significant number ...

How do we as Americans find unity again?

Order has been returned to our Capitol, at least for now. Wednesday’s siege ended with five deaths, significant property damage and mounting federal criminal charges that, for some, could reach the level of sedition. It also has hurt the dignity of America in the eyes of the world after ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Warren City Schools and Trumbull Educational Service Center, which received a portion of $2.6 million in grants through the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools. As part of the grants that will benefit 107,516 students statewide, Trumbull ESC ...

Slow shot rollout most dangerous for our elderly

We know that older people are much more likely than younger ones to have their lives cut short by COVID-19. It is a disease they preys primarily on the elderly. Here in Ohio, state officials have made vaccinating older people against the virus a top priority. Residents of nursing homes ...

Brave mother hopes story can save lives

The tragic story about a Cortland native who lost her 10-year-old son after he played a “choking game” should send a stark reminder to all parents about monitoring our children’s web activity. We all know the dangers that lurk online, but this horror is not the usual story involving ...

Make COVID-19 battle a goal for New Year

Much of 2020 was like stopping on the curb before crossing a street, looking carefully both ways, then stepping out — and then getting hit by an airplane — as one observer who somehow held onto a sense of humor put it. It was not a good year for most people. Millions remain unemployed ...

Work of three senators helped head off politics

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable for so long to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican ...

‘No-knock’ raids must be abolished

Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have been rethinking their tactics this year, in efforts to prevent tragedies such as the death in March of Louisville, Ky., resident Breonna Taylor. Taylor died during a raid by police investigating illegal drug trafficking — with which she ...

Haaland’s nomination meaningful

At the urging of some to include a Native American in his Cabinet, President-elect Joe Biden has nominated U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, as secretary of the Interior Department. If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, will be the first Native American to ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Bill Paxson of Farmington, who was so inspired by the words of Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice that Paxson researched and wrote “Searching for Common Law and Representative Government,” a look back at early and mid-medieval European history for a ...