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Editorials

City should view camera results first

Some Warren city leaders would have you believe four surveillance cameras permanently mounted in areas of the city are the reason illegal dumping has slowed in those areas, but we are skeptical the cameras are the complete answer.The city's administration and legislators acknowledge the four ...

Election candidate questionnaires sent

The Tribune Chronicle editorial board has mailed questionnaires to local candidates vying for an elected post in the March 15 primary election. The questionnaires will be used by reporters covering the races and possibly by the editorial board in the endorsement process.If you did not receive a ...

Experimental anti-opioid drug worth a shot

At first glance, "medication in lieu of conviction," sounds like something one might read about in a science fiction novel.But we urge you to take a second look.More than 70 Trumbull County deaths in 2015 were confirmed as heroin overdoses, and Coroner Humphrey Germaniuk still is awaiting test ...

Halt alcohol, drug abuse beforehand

The Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board promotes facts about drug and alcohol abuse every day, but this week especially, the organization is calling attention to abuses as part of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.The week was designated National Drug & Alcohol ...

Use common sense when storm nears

We would hope that our residents know to take prudent steps every winter that would allow them to do well if a big storm does bear down on the area.But after the recent storm hit very close to home, it reminded us of a few things that all of us who live in northeast Ohio should do every ...

Trump not a conservative

When the publisher of National Review Magazine, Jack Fowler, called and asked me to write 300 words on why I oppose Donald Trump for president of the United States, my first thought was about the derision that was sure to come from Trump supporters.I was not disappointed, or rather, I am ...

Money, class size haven’t helped much

Some credit Albert Einstein, others credit Benjamin Franklin, with the observation that "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results." Whomever we credit, he was absolutely right. A perfect example of that insanity is education in general ...

Find ways to make school affordable

Federal student loan and grant programs have not made college more affordable. They have merely provided billions of dollars in taxpayer money to help pay for it.President Barack Obama wants to add $2 billion a year to that price tag by expanding the Pell Grant program. Congress should say ...

Why should we trust Iran?

President Barack Obama wants us to believe anti-American Iranian officials are our friends, now. They can be trusted, he insists.Iran has released four Americans held captive for years, in exchange for the United States turning over seven Iranians accused of various misdeeds.Robert Levinson was ...

Dems must stop limiting candidacy

Like those in the Ohio Democratic party who often have been criticized for hand-picking political candidates for statewide races, Trumbull County Democrats must stop bowing to pressure and let the voters - not the party - decide their candidacy.Trumbull County Democratic party leadership ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Lordstown Village Council members Robert Bond and Karen Jones, for standing their ground and voting no this week on passing as emergency an ordinance to purchase a $54,717 transit bus for transporting local senior citizens. Jones said policies on bus usage and charges for the service ...

Strict medical marijuana rules needed

Ohioans who shot down a get-rich-quick marijuana legalization scheme last year may vote differently if looking at a ballot issue allowing medicinal use of the drug. That may be in the thoughts of state legislators considering a law to allow the practice.Voters saw through Issue 3 on the ballot ...

Screening would increase safety of Americans

Already approved by the House of Representatives, a bill requiring rigorous screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who want to come to the United States is being taken up by the Senate. President Barack Obama has said lawmakers should save themselves the effort because he will veto the measure ...

Keep raising literacy bar for our kids

About a third of the local school districts rated for their K-3 literacy improvements fell below proficient in state report card rankings released last week.This comes after an Ohio initiative kicked off in 2013 with the intention of improving literacy for elementary students. At that time, ...

Answers are needed now on budget

The clock is ticking on finding a way to fix the problems that have driven Niles into a state of fiscal emergency, yet there seems to be no sense of urgency from new Mayor Tom Scarnecchia.In fact, we are scratching our heads at Scarnecchia's slow response and continued pushback on cost-cutting ...

Insurance costs are still skyrocketing

During a debate Sunday with rivals for the Democrat nomination for president, Hillary Clinton pledged to retain the Obamacare insurance system. Why, she proclaimed, "we now have driven (health care) costs down to the lowest they've been in 50 years."It just isn't true. Health care spending last ...

Nation needs to deal with the threat of nuclear war

Nuclear war is a "real and growing danger," former defense Secretary William Perry warned recently. There can be no reasonable argument about that.What is open to question is what U.S. officials are doing to guard against a nuclear attack, either in a war or by a terrorist organization or ...

Kurds deserve U.S. assistance

Leaders of the Kurdish people in Iraq, who have battled Islamic State terrorists more courageously and effectively than the Iraqi army, say they are in desperate need of money.Without assistance, they may have to abandon their fight, the Kurds say.That ought to be all U.S. leaders need to hear. ...

MLK: ‘I have a dream’

"Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak ...

Officials need more focus on sunshine laws

Elected members of all public bodies must know and adhere to the parameters and guidelines of Ohio's open meetings laws, including what constitutes a quorum and, therefore, requires advance public notice of the meeting under the Ohio Revised Code.In cases of three-member boards, like the ...