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Editorials

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Weathersfield Township for enacting and promoting the police department's "Are You OK" program that checks in on elderly residents on a daily basis. Information is available at the township offices.ORCHID: To Niles McKinley Memorial Library Director Patrick Finan, for spending so ...

Contested races trigger better government

An incredible number of Cortland residents - 14 - applied recently to fill an unexpired council seat created when Councilman James Woofter moved into his new role as Cortland mayor this month.Of course we were pleased to see this double-digit number of residents expressing interest in being a ...

Online voter registration time is right

Ohioans can do a variety of things from the comfort and convenience of their homes, providing they have computers with Internet connections. They can send money and get money. They can buy things and sell things. They can obtain mortgages and insurance.But they cannot register to vote.At one ...

Science does not rely on political correctness

Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. If a study is not critical of the fossil-fuel industry, well, perhaps the government had better try again until it gets an acceptable result.In June, the Environmental Protection ...

Husted should approve Cook for the ballot

Trumbull County Board of Elections member Ken Kubala chose not to take our suggestion and recuse himself from voting on a matter involving the political candidate who hopes to oppose Kubala's longtime friend and supporter Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka.Now the issue of whether or not ...

Retirement is well-earned for Cortland mayor

Congratulations and best retirement wishes to Curt Moll, who ended his career as Cortland mayor this month after deciding not to seek re-election in the city that he has served tirelessly for three terms.Under his direction, the city has seen rapid growth, has improved its level of public ...

Medicare program needs to be monitored

Millions of older people who rely on Medicare will find the health care program is different this year. Several changes have been made to reduce costs and allegedly improve quality.One new facet of the program is that Medicare will pay for "end-of-life" counseling for patients. Their options ...

Do something to survive a crash

News about highway safety in Ohio came with an implied warning recently for travelers everywhere: Buckle up.Highways in general have become steadily safer for several years. But traffic fatalities increased during 2015 in Ohio, for the second year in a row. The State Highway Patrol reports ...

Education, training key to improving the economy

Ohioans got some good news about the economy during the fall, when the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported there were 240,000 job openings in the state. That is the highest that particular measure has been since it was first tracked, in 2011.Even better, the report showed nearly ...

Elections board move smacks of favoritism

Trumbull County Board of Elections member Ken Kubala should have recused himself in the board's recent decision to disqualify David Cook, a political candidate who intended to oppose Kubala's longtime friend and supporter, Dan Polivka, for the Democratic nomination for Trumbull County ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Warren's NFL super stars and past Super Bowl participants Mario Manningham, Ross Browner and Paul Warfield, for remembering the impact our city - their hometown - has had on their careers and lives. The three were honored this week with presentations of golden footballs, part of the ...

Details key in preventing future tragedy

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice might be alive today if Cleveland police officers had been told they might be about to confront a kid with a pellet gun. But the dispatcher who sent them did not think to pass along that information from the caller who notified police about Rice.Just two seconds after ...

Falls center closure logical place to cut

Residents in Newton Falls are fighting to save their community center, which closed shortly after voters in the village in November passed a referendum that effectively cut income tax revenue.Now those residents are enraged and calling foul at the center's closure. They publicly have criticized ...

Second chances should be doled out fairly to all

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins was correct in his objection to a recommendation that a former Warren legal assistant facing charges of drug use while on the job should be permitted to enter a drug diversion program.We were glad to see a public official fight for equal treatment in a ...

Meet growing national debt with urgency

No nation on Earth has a battle tank capable of matching the U.S. M1 Abrams. It is simply unbeatable on combat. And the Army has so many of them, it has parked 2,000 M1 tanks at a desert lot in California.Yet Congress - over Army objections - this year appropriated $120 million to upgrade M1 ...

New visa rule meant to keep terrorists out

Members of Congress were right to tighten visa requirements for citizens of 38 countries who formerly did not have to possess the documents to travel to the United States. Now citizens of those nations who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan - hotbeds of terrorism - will have to present ...

Congress must take action on Social Security

Another year has come and gone with neither Congressnor the White House doing anything to ensureSocial Security is viable for future generations.That is despite the fact that, at 80 years old, SocialSecurity is well on its way to going belly-up. Federalofficials say the Social Security trust ...

Coaches need training for students’ safety

High school sports, including football, are muchsafer thanmany peoplemay understand.That is in partbecausemost coaches arewell aware of risks and do allthey can to safeguard their teenage charges fromthem.But with disturbing frequency, young athletes dieduring practices and games-not of head ...

Remember Dems’ ‘non-traditions’ at the polls

A "non-traditional" State of the Union address will be presented by President Barack Obama later this month, his aides have told reporters.That would be appropriate for a president who has rejected some of the traditional safeguards of our form of government. State of the Union addresses ...

Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To Warren teen Elliott Heckman, 16, who operates a bike giveaway project, "For The Love of Bikes," repairing and refurbishing bicycles for the needy this holiday season. Heckman, along with members of his family, received about 130 bikes and $1,500 in donations to fix up and donate.l ...