Editorials

Mexico must do more to stop migrant train

Give Mexican officials some credit for working with the United States to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing through their country and into the U.S. In contrast with past practice, Mexico seems to be more interested in keeping its promises regarding the problem. It is, after all, a ...

Niles incumbents should keep seats in at-Large race

Now solvent, the city of Niles emerged last month from nearly five years of state-imposed fiscal emergency. Not unexpectedly, staying that way was among the top priorities touted by each of the four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to fill three Niles Council at-Large ...

Sherrod Brown’s words full of divisiveness

During his visit to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station last week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, was touting the Democratic talking points by blasting away at President Donald Trump’s attempt to find border wall funding. Brown called the president’s latest proposal to redirect federal ...

Trump’s try to save image did more harm

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

Hicks should win Democrats’ nomination

Attorney Greg Hicks has served as Warren Law Director since 1992, leading some to argue it is time for a change. While we, too, fear that complacency is always a danger when an elected official has held office for decades, we also know that experience is an asset that is hard to ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Bill Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future, operator of the the Lordstown Energy Center, who donated $50,000 to help fund a field trip to the Republic of Ghana for 12 local high school seniors who participate in the Warren-based youth organization Inspiring Minds. The ...

Putin may be playing with N. Korean fire

What was North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s game Wednesday, in publicizing the fact his military had test-fired a new type of rocket? That is difficult to discern — but it is clear his intent was not to reassure anyone he is eager to dismantle his arsenal. One interesting aspect of the ...

Have courage to cut spending as necessary

Ohio lawmakers have a tough job on their hands, as Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget proposals exceed mandatory spending growth limits and must be cut. Budget advisers also are expecting revenue collection to be lower than DeWine anticipated. There are a lot of good, necessary spending projects in ...

Act quickly to gain funds for broadband

President Donald Trump revealed two pieces of big news Friday — one of them of enormous importance to millions of Americans who do not yet enjoy technology taken for granted by many of their neighbors. Some of those second-class tech citizens live right here in our state. Trump talked about ...

Notre Dame loss so much more than timber, stone

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

Incumbents endorsed in 2 Niles wards

Niles 2nd Ward In contested Democratic primary races for Niles 2nd and 4th Ward council seats, both sitting office holders have earned our endorsement for repeat terms. In the 2nd Ward, incumbent Sheri Smith exhibited that she was both educated and knowledgeable on issues the city is facing. ...

Limitations will come with ‘Medicare for all’

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

Commissioners lacked control in waste district

Allegations of waste and questionable practices in the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District falls directly at the feet of both Trumbull County and Geauga County commissioners who hold seats on the board of directors. Allegations at the two-county agency that had been created to ...

Commissioners lacked control in waste district

Allegations of waste and questionable practices in the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District falls directly at the feet of both Trumbull County and Geauga County commissioners who hold seats on the board of directors. Allegations at the two-county agency that had been created to ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Girl Scout Troop 80324 for working to coordinate and erect a memorial cross marking the Pine Avenue, Warren, location where six local teens died March 10, 2013, in a horrific crash. The marker was unveiled recently, exhibiting names of the six young people who perished. Orchid ...

Limit options when dealing with Venezuela

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. Many Americans feel sympathy for them. But there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help the Venezuelans. Thus far — at least, to the ...

Release facts of spying claims on Trump campaign

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress this week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Township right to limit private interest in fines

Hubbard Township trustees made the right decision this week when they voted 3-0 to call off a plan that would have allowed a private company that profits from speed camera fines to cover a large increase in the pay of local officers operating the cameras. Use of the speed cameras was ...

Niles mayor deserves a full term

The youthful exuberance of Niles Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz, 35, may be a large part of the reason he seems able to keep his finger on the pulse of city operations while moving Niles into the digital age. Challenger Jimmy DePasquale, 64, argues, though, that he is the more seasoned and, ...

Pass license plate savings to motorists

Alone among states in the region, Ohio requires car and truck owners to purchase and display license plates on both the rear and front of their vehicles — but not for long. A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Mike DeWine increases vehicle fuel taxes in Ohio. State taxes will go up to ...