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Editorials

Put down the phone, beware of distracted drivers

More than 17,000 vehicle crashes - 44 of them fatal - occurred last year due to driver distraction, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.While most of the distracted driving crashes come in relation to cell phone usage, it also can mean changing the radio station, eating or drinking, ...

Import-Export Bank changes are needed

Members of Congress are being pressured by President Barack Obama to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank - but they should refuse to do so on the White House's terms.Earlier this summer, controversy over the bank caused reauthorization legislation to lapse. For the first time in its ...

Education system needs accountability

Ohioans, including the tens of thousands of dedicated, honest, effective teachers, may be wondering if there is a limit to the rottenness in public education officialdom. It certainly does not inspire confidence in the system.David Hansen, director of the state Department of Education's School ...

Huge jump in minimum wage comes with other costs

It is likely that soon, thousands of fast-food restaurant workers in New York will have a personal understanding of the warning, "Be careful what you wish for. You may get it."State officials have bowed to pressure and agreed that New York's $8.75 an hour minimum wage is not enough for about ...

Welcome to our new neighbor, Alcoa

Fresh white signs bearing the new name "Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products" went up last week at the Weathersfield Township plant formerly known as RTI International Metals.After being approved overwhelmingly on Tuesday by RTI shareholders, Alcoa's $1.5 billion acquisition of RTI, ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the organizers and all the participants in the first Mud Monster 5K event last week in Yankee Lake. The event was a collaboration fundraiser for United Way of Trumbull and Mercer counties.ORCHID: To Niles City Schools, which is getting close to being released from state fiscal watch. ...

New defenses needed for ‘lone wolf’ terrorists

Islamic terrorists in the Middle East may not have an armada of drone aircraft at their disposal, but they kill by remote control just as effectively - perhaps more so - as the U.S. military.How much influence terrorist brainwashers had over the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in ...

Rethink limits on military firearms

Members of the military are supposed to be protecting us - not the other way around. Yet this week, armed civilians were guarding armed forces recruiting stations in several states.Volunteers on self-assigned guard duty were reacting to last week's attack that killed five service members at a ...

Kasich: Good addition to a crowded race

It's early. Too early, in fact, for us to make an official endorsement in the race for president or even in the crowded race for the Republican nomination.Still, we are pleased to see our governor, John Kasich, throw his hand into the ring in the hopes of becoming the ninth president from the ...

Planned Parenthood investigation warranted

Planned Parenthood officials have cried foul over an expose by an anti-abortion group. Why, the Center for Medical Progress has been harassing them for years and has released only carefully edited videotapes in its campaign, Planned Parenthood officials say.But editing can do only so much to ...

Southington water service should be OK’d

The opportunity for Southington-area customers to have safe, pure drinking water would far outweigh the cost, which has been estimated at less than $35 per frontage foot.Would-be customers should take full advantage of the latest renewed push by members of the Southington Water District board ...

Sentencing must fit the crime committed

Law enforcement officers and officials, along with the prosecutors and judges who deal with those they arrest, should discriminate against people only on the basis of the crimes they commit. Handling investigations, arrests, prosecutions and sentencing differently because of a person's race, ...

Why we lose confidence in our elected officials

If you happen to be a politician wondering why most people have lost all confidence and faith in you, consider this:Members of the House of Representatives were scrambling Wednesday to find about $80 billion needed to shore up a federal highway program. Telling Americans they will have to pay ...

Southington water service should be OK’d

The opportunity for Southington-area customers to have safe, pure drinking water would far outweigh the cost, which has been estimated at less than $35 per frontage foot.Would-be customers should take full advantage of the latest renewed push by members of the Southington Water District board ...

Thoughts about what triggers voter apathy

The chairman of Ohio's Democratic Party knows it's a problem when only 40 percent of Ohio's registered voters turn out to cast their votes in big, statewide elections.I chuckled to hear him say that because in local races, we'd be jumping up and cheering if we saw a 40 percent voter ...

More proof showing that sales tax hike unnecessary

It was about three months ago that Sheriff Thomas Altiere stood before taxpayers in the Trumbull commissioners hearing room explaining what he saw as a need for an increase in the county's sales tax from 6.75 percent to 7 percent.He spoke about the need for the increase to fund the county's ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Trumbull County Fair officials, 4-H members and Junior Fair Board coordinator Jan Solomon for not giving up on their poultry projects when they learned fear of the spread of the bird flu was going to ban live displays of chickens, turkeys and ducks. Together they came up with a plan ...

Iran deal must unite countries to protect peace

Among the proudest, most important traditions in Congress is that when the issue is peace or war, lawmakers put partisan considerations aside for the good of the nation. The question before them now may well be just that grave.Negotiators for the United States, Iran and several other countries ...

U.S. needs to make better economic choices

No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister this week, after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country's economy from going belly-up. At least part of their anger would more appropriately be directed inward. Many of Greece's economic maladies were ...

YDC should not be closed

State officials have acknowledged even they were surprised when the Youngstown Developmental Center was chosen for closure. There are no significant employee issues, the cost to run the facility is not out of line, and the level of need clearly exists.However, this facility and one in ...