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Editorials

Hyperloop could bring new options

Is it an amazing way to create new regionalization and improved economic development? Or is it nothing but a pie-in-the-sky waste of money? No one can say for sure yet, but we think the possibility of a northeast Ohio “hyperloop” — a high-speed passenger and / or cargo train — is ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To elected leaders from Warren, Trumbull County and other communities seeking a more regionalized public transportation plan. Warren Mayor Doug Franklin this week asked the Ohio Department of Transportation undesignate his city as a recipient of state and federal transit funds in ...

Judge faces criticism for compassion

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

Get to bottom of allegations against airline

Not all whistleblowers are involved in the attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. Some are worried about a more critical matter — the safety of airline passengers. Ethiopian Airlines’ former chief engineer, Yonas Yeshanew, is seeking asylum in the United States after resigning from ...

Pass Ohio bill to help curb teen suicide

Public schools already are overwhelmed with mandates requiring them to devote time and resources to special initiatives. Now, the Ohio House of Representatives wants middle and high schools to do more to prevent suicide among children. You may ask: Do we really need that? Here are some facts ...

Send message to help fight breast cancer

Local women like Michelle Trighese or Chris Zifchak are fighters. So are countless other women like them from the Mahoning Valley. They fight not only regular day-to-day struggles that face all of us, but also the very real possibility that breast cancer might get the best of them. Trighese, ...

Confidence lacking after DEA’s failures

“We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Regionalized efforts always a good practice

We long have argued in support of regionalized government efforts in the name of cost savings and economics. Road salt purchases and storage are just another example of a good reason for local governments to work together. Under Ohio Environmental Protection Agency standards for ...

Intimidation in politics is always wrong

Attempting to intimidate people who are taking active parts in politics is not acceptable. Period. It appears to be happening in some areas of Ohio, however. A bill signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this year is at the root of the problem. Known as House Bill 6, the measure will ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To organizers and participants in today’s 16th annual Garrett Wonders Bike Ride that begins in Warren and extends 20 to 50 miles. The event is named after the prominent young cyclist and Warren G. Harding graduate who was killed by a careless driver on a training ride for the 2004 ...

Congress must multitask on controversies

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of ...

Feds make right choice in drug fight

For once, the folks in Washington, D.C., appear to have gotten something right in helping Ohio deal with the substance abuse epidemic that threatens at least a generation. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved a substance use disorder demonstration waiver ...

Balanced energy policy is necessary

Fans of “alternative energy” — more on the quote marks in a moment — have begun worrying aloud about President Donald Trump’s aversion to wind power. They fear it will affect federal energy policy. It should not, of course. You may remember that under the previous administration, ...

Lots to debate with ‘red flag’ gun seizures

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...

More needed to keep tobacco away from teens

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...

Consider getting flu shot this year

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8 percent of Americans contract the flu each ...

Eastwood Mall marks golden anniversary

It’s estimated that more than 2,000 people turned out for an invitation-only gala earlier this month to mark the golden anniversary of Eastwood Mall in Niles. We suspect the turnout was so immense because this iconic shopping center has touched so many of us in so many ways during the past ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Howland Girl Scout Peyton Carroll, 17, and the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County for coming together to create a special place for shelter dogs to play and exercise. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Peyton, a senior at Howland High School, constructed a dog agility course ...

Bipartisan work needed to repair all the damage

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

Maintaining a strong economy is the challenge

Keeping economic growth going can be tougher than kick-starting it in the first place. With the nation’s unemployment rate at historic lows — better than ever for some segments of the workforce — the challenge now is to maintain the pace. Most Federal Reserve Board members recognize ...