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Guest Columnists

We must hold property owners to higher standards

I was pleased to read in the July 15 Tribune Chronicle that Warren is moving forward with demolition of St. Joseph Hospital and the Mahoning Avenue motel. This is a great start to blight cleanup in and around the city. Warren must take a more proactive approach on derelict owners, especially ...

Building better future for Appalachia

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. With a low cost and high quality of living, itás no surprise more than 1.7 million North Carolinians call the ...

DeWine’s fireworks bill veto misses mark on safety

Five days after the rest of the country celebrated Independence Day with backyard gatherings, cookouts and yes, consumer fireworks, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed Ohio Senate Bill 113. This bill would have made Ohio the 49th state to allow consumers to legally discharge fireworks. That is ...

Appalacian Regional Commission strengthen’s region

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. Since 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has been dedicated to improving economic health of Appalachia. ...

New state budget strong on higher education

Going into this year’s state budget process, concerns were high financial impact of the pandemic would bring tough limits on spending and restrict state leaders’ ability to make necessary investments in critical areas, especially higher education, to successfully position Ohio for the ...

Disaster planning doesn’t end with COVID-19

COVID-19 changed how we do business, but what didn’t change is our need for cohesive small- business disaster plans. As we dive into summer, traditional weather threats are obvious. Not so obvious are threats from civil unrest or cybersecurity. The U.S. Small Business Administration is ...