Editorials

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the United Way of Trumbull County for its plans to provide basic financial education and increase access to free income tax preparation for Trumbull County residents as part of its newly announced Partnership for Financial Empowerment.ORCHID: To Marvin Gordon of Warren, who was ...

Background check system dangerously unreliable

School systems use Ohio's criminal background check system to ensure they are not hiring someone who may be a danger to children. Police officers rely on it to alert them when they have stopped people who may be a threat to them. Employers utilize it to guard against job applicants who may plan ...

Work program for disabled is a win-win

Workplaces like Starr Manufacturing in Vienna, 3 Color Embroidery in Warren and even Jib Jab Hot Dog Shoppe in Girard have stepped up to take part in programs that provide critical job training and employment skills for the disabled in our area.The program, a partnership between Trumbull County ...

Vienna should look for ways to tighten belt

Residents in Vienna Township - among the least populous townships in Trumbull County to enjoy its own police department - have become accustomed to 24-7 police protection.Vienna trustees and police Chief Andrew Pecchio are quick to point out that the police department of 13 officers, including ...

Bazetta should explore options other than levy

In describing what they believe is a need for a 1.5-mill, 5-year additional operating levy, Bazetta officials described how much of the acreage in this small community is untaxable.Thousands of acres are occupied by Mosquito Lake Reservoir and is untaxed property, they said, pointing out that ...

State’s ban on ‘Sunshine Audit’ wrong

Ohioans should not have to bear the expense and aggravation of going to court to force government officials to comply with the open records law, state Auditor Dave Yost believes. To make it easier to get documents, Yost announced a month ago he was establishing a "Sunshine Audit" program.But ...

Urgency, education needed to combat area drug epidemic

We have been reading about it every day in the pages of this newspaper.A single grand jury report published in the Tribune Chronicle this month indicated 6 of 24 people - a fourth - were indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury on felony charges of possession of heroin. The same day, the ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the Trumbull County commissioners, who appear to be taking to heart the public's opposition to a proposed Trumbull County sales tax increase. Commissioners did not impose the tax this week, meaning there will be no county sales tax increase - at least for now. Other options that ...

Solemn farewell to an icon of the community

He was known by many in Warren and Trumbull County as that friendly face that for decades could be found at the front counter of his iconic downtown Warren Saratoga Restaurant and Catering.But what patrons of the restaurant may not know is that the role Jim Economos played in the community was ...

Colbert, Rucker, Valesky should win nominations

Warren's 7th Ward Councilman Eddie Colbert exhibited more passion about the city than any of the other four candidates seeking our endorsement in the race for the Democratic nomination for three Warren at-large council seats.Colbert's enthusiastic approach to marketing the city, growing revenue ...

3 Niles Dems endorsed for at-large nominations

Niles Democratic voters heading to the polls on or before the May 5 primary election should cast their ballots for incumbents Steve Papalas and Mike Lastic and for newcomer Ryan McNaughton in the four-way race for three council At-Large seats.The fourth candidate seeking the Democratic ...

Make voices known on tax increase

It's just human nature: the more money you have, the more you spend.That seemed to be the message being relayed to Trumbull County commissioners by dozens of constituents who attended Monday evening's public hearing to discuss the possibility of increasing Trumbull County's sales tax by a ...

Criminal case should be public

The administrative judge in Trumbull County Family Court should ensure that all records and court proceedings pertaining to the murder and attempted rape case against 15-year-old Jacob LaRosa remain open.Due to the violent and serious nature of this crime, the public's right to know should far ...

Open container laws could boost traffic

Open containers of alcohol aren't the only key to a good time, but in cities that are struggling economically, it has been shown that nightlife can help generate excitement and growth.Ohio lawmakers should approve proposed legislation that would allow bar and restaurant patrons to carry open ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Warren native Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, an internationally known rock band, that will perform a free concert in an intimate setting today at Record Connection right here in Weathersfield. The band is making a stop here because Grohl is the 2015 national ambassador for Record ...

War on coal is bad for Americans

Americans may be approaching a point of no return to reasonably priced electricity, as a result of President Barack Obama's war on coal.Last week, American Electric Power announced it is proceeding with closure of six coal-fired power plants. Three are in West Virginia. Ohio, Virginia and ...

Americans’ tax burden remains heavy

Bad news about taxes for Ohioans came out this week, but don't blame local and state officials. It is not their fault.Each year at about this time, coinciding with the April 15 deadline for most people to file income tax returns, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation releases figures on how much it ...

Vote yes on Lakeview issue, levy

Voters should support Lakeview Local School District in its attempt to pass a 4.55-mill bond issue and 0.5-mill operating levy to fund construction and upkeep of a new PreK-8 school building.Lakeview earned our endorsement because the district has proven that it consistently operates ...

Let constituents decide Dem endorsement

Ohio's Democrat Party leaders have endorsed former Gov. Ted Strickland as nominee for a U.S. Senate seat without bothering to consider whether that may be the choice of Democrat voters.But what may be more surprising is that the party machine believes Buckeye State residents have forgotten the ...

Hold casinos to promises

Legalized casino gambling in Ohio has followed a trail worn well in other states.First, promise voters enormous riches if they approve table gambling and electronic slot machines. Second, convince state officials to grant tax breaks so casinos can compete against gambling meccas in other ...