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Editorials

Election letters deadline is today

Today is the last day that letters addressing election topics will be accepted for publication in this newspaper’s print publication before the Nov. 3 election. Election letters received after the deadline may appear on the newspaper’s website. Letters should be respectful of all ...

Action needed to fix wrongs at Ohio State

When an institution has a decadeslong pattern of covering up or failing to acknowledge abuse by one of its own, it is necessary for both the well-being of the victims and of that institution to do everything possible to set the situation right. We see the degree to which institutions ranging ...

Don’t use COVID-19 as route to fund unrelated projects

It is doubtful the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., would have foreseen a time when a bit of sarcasm attributed to him would become obsolete. Sometime during the 1960s, it is said, Dirksen warned against apathy regarding the national debt by commenting, “A billion here and a billion ...

New tech helps in fight against child predators

Among the very worst evils in our world is sexual abuse of children. But many of the predators engaged in it have an enemy powerful enough to strike fear in them. Operating far enough under the radar that we doubt many people have heard of it, an organization in Boca Raton, Florida, has a ...

Discrimination in government can’t be tolerated

Overwhelmingly, we Americans are not bigots. It grates on us to be accused of tolerating “systemic” racism. Then we read or hear about situations such as one last year at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Here, in case you missed it, is part of The Associated Press report on the ...

Gil Blair should keep 63rd district seat in statehouse

It was less than a month after former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested and eventually removed from his speakership when newly appointed local lawmaker Gil Blair of Weathersfield co-sponsored legislation to face the issue of public corruption head on. Householder’s charges ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Howland High School students and artists from Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren who spent last weekend painting two crosswalks by Howland Middle School on South Street SE near Market Street. The group used paw and tiger-stripe stencils for the designs created by art students at ...

Legislators must find Ohioans help amid pandemic

Ohioans are not out of the woods yet when it comes to the economic challenges accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, initial claims for unemployment compensation have risen for the third week in a row. For the week ending Oct. 10, 20,090 Ohioans filed jobless claims, a 15 percent ...

Bravo to sides for quick end to YSU strike

Bravo to Youngstown State University’s faculty union, YSU-OEA, and also to the YSU administration for putting their full weight into bargaining into the wee hours of the morning Thursday, and not leaving until they were successful at ironing out their differences. That’s when the sides ...

Work to end YSU strike for students’ sake

Unwilling to accept the contract proposal offered by Youngstown State University, members of the faculty union began striking Monday morning. The impact was not significant during the first two days of the work stoppage, as there were no classes Monday and Tuesday because of the previously ...

Kidnapping plot tactics are not American

If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror and disgust. Real Americans do not attempt to change either society or government by force. Those who do so ...

Patriotism, heroism still alive in US

Many Americans worry that traditional values such as patriotism and true heroism are becoming rare in our nation. Hershel “Woody” Williams is a living argument to the contrary. Williams ought to be holed up at his home in Ona, West Virginia. At 97 years of age, he is well within the ...

Assistance now is crucial for country’s needy

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the U.S. unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9 percent, down from 8.4 percent in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and millions of their ...

Polivka is better choice in race for commissioner

Incumbent Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka and challenger Niki Frenchko both list economic development and government fiscal responsibility among their top priorities for Trumbull County. Frenchko says she will focus on improving the reputation of Trumbull County by improving the ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To David Murduck, a fifth-grade science teacher at Champion Local Schools, for the recognition he received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Murduck was presented the 2020 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for his work to create an outdoor learning ...

Debates must go on, one way or another

Were the COVID-19 virus to be a creature capable of thought, it would be easy now to accuse it of engaging in a plot aimed at American democracy. The most devious, evil schemer based in Moscow or Beijing could not come up with a more perfect storm leading up to the Nov. 3 election. With ...

Take fire safety seriously this and every week

This week is National Fire Prevention Week, a noteworthy opportunity to educate yourself and your family about the importance of fire safety and to make sure you are prepared. The effort is intended to protect us and save lives. Here’s a sobering number. So far in 2020, 41 Ohioans have ...

Sean O’Brien should keep his Ohio Senate seat

Republican Sandra O’Brien of Rome in southern Ashtabula County believes strongly that the local Ohio Senate District would benefit greatly from a GOP senator. She says minority party senators simply don’t have “a seat at the table” of the Republican-controlled state legislature. ...

We must guard against targeting law enforcement

At the end of September 2019, 30 U.S. law enforcement personnel had been killed while on duty. As of the end of September this year, 37 have been killed. Nonfatal injuries have soared, too. It is not being inaccurate to note that many, probably most, police officers, sheriff’s deputies ...

Repeal of HB6 needed to return trust

Ohio legislators are right to be furious about the way they were manipulated into taking $150 million per year out of their constituents’ pockets to benefit two nuclear power plants. In July, federal authorities arrested former state House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder and ...