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Editorials

Defense of nation not the place to make cuts

"I believe that where we are now is about as low as we can go," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters in May, during a discussion of that service branch's staffing level. "If we continue to go lower, we're going to have to say we cannot do all the things we're doing today."But go ...

Discipline can’t be set for convenience

When someone makes a serious mistake that warrants a punishment, that punishment should fit the crime, and it should be immediate and deliberate.That is how we teach our children not to repeat mistakes, and that is also how discipline in the workplace also should be issued in order to ensure ...

Data breach secrecy smacks of cover-up

A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers secret would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. Legions of lawyers would be ecstatic over the potential for lawsuits. Victims would desert the firm in droves, determined to ...

Enforce gun laws, don’t add new ones

Gun control advocates - many of whom really wish they could outlaw any ownership of firearms by individuals - constantly claim new limits are needed to save lives.But time and time again, violent crime headlines are followed a few days later by revelations that killers would not have obtained ...

Price GED tests right

Sometimes it seems as if government does all it can to increase dependence on it rather than to encourage people to improve themselves. Ohio's GED program, granting successful applicants the equivalent of high school diplomas they failed to earn while younger, is an example.Between 2000-13, an ...

Lawmakers must not avoid charter school reform

Ohio lawmakers did little to refute criticism from those who view the Buckeye State's regulation of charter schools as a bit of a joke when House of Representatives members simply headed home and decided to wait until the fall to sort out an issue the state Senate had already ...

Congress must scrutinize treaty talks

Presidents traditionally have enjoyed latitude in their handling of foreign affairs - but the Constitution places the responsibility for critical issues squarely on Congress. Lawmakers should bear that in mind as they discuss any deal between President Barack Obama's administration and Iran, ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation that is distributing more than $84,000 in grants for local health initiatives, including therapy for children with severe disabilities and referral assistance for those with special needs. The donations were announced this week.ORCHID: To ...

Highway funding must not be gridlocked

Often, gridlock in Congress results when some lawmakers object not to the primary purpose of a bill, but to some unrelated "rider" placed in it.Such amendments to worthwhile, uncontroversial bills often are used as methods of advancing unrelated proposals that stand little chance of enactment ...

Don’t leave the door open in Afghanistan

As we warned, President Barack Obama's get-out-at-any-price policy in Afghanistan has emboldened Taliban extremists. They are scoring substantial successes against Afghan government troops - secure in the knowledge the White House is likely to do little, if anything, to stop them.Allowing the ...

State should fully fund racino promise

No one thought it through before making lofty promises of funding to communities like Austintown that now are home to six Ohio racinos.And while a limited form of the promise finally was agreed upon and passed as part of last week's Ohio budget, the length of the funding is limited and the ...

Accrued vacation time needs limits

It may be commonplace, but cashing out enormous amounts of unused vacation and sick time or taking months of paid time off at the end of one's career without ever intending to return to work should not be permitted.Paid vacations, as a rule, are granted to allow employees time for respite and ...

Voters should beware of both amendments

Ohio legislators are right to be concerned about a proposal to legalize marijuana. As the proposed constitutional amendment is written, it would make legal drug lords out of a few investors.But for all the talk from politicians about trusting the people to make good decisions, this appears to ...

Those who can afford it should pay

Simply handing someone a health insurance policy free of charge, even if they could afford to pay a little for it out of their own pocket, makes no sense.First, it gives the beneficiary no financial incentive to take responsibility for his own health. Second, it places an unneeded burden on ...

Iraq backup plan should be ready to go

U.S. military personnel hoping to help Iraq build an army capable of taking on Islamic State terrorists will not meet their goal of training 24,000 troops by this fall, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told members of Congress.It is not that American trainers cannot handle the task. The ...

More investigation needed in Hillary Clinton email saga

Federal officials are required by law to use government email accounts and servers for their official correspondence.It has been known for months that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke that law. She used a private account and her personal email server for much of her work.This ...

National search, those with local ties questioned

The Western Reserve Port Authority's decision to permanently hire its interim executive director and to consider further expansion of its payroll by growing its economic development team is questionable, at best.After conducting a nationwide search, the port authority last week spent three ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Sandra Mathews of Warren, who retired this week after 24 years of service to the community as director of Trumbull Mobile Meals. Under her leadership, Trumbull Mobile Meals has undergone many changes through the years, now preparing 250 to 350 meals per day for lunch and ...

This holiday, reflect on freedoms — gained, lost

The Fourth of July traditionally is a time for revelry, cookouts, swimming parties and fireworks.But it also should be a time of reflection, concern and, perhaps, some fireworks of the non-pyrotechnic variety.Tomorrow is Independence Day, after all. Our nation's founders and our own American ...

Youngstown schools CEO plan worth it

The Youngstown City School District has been failing in areas of academic achievement for far too long, and the time is right for the state Legislature to adopt a plan to move the district in a new direction.While we have some concerns with the speed in which the legislation was passed through ...