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Letters to the Editor

Correcting mail-in voting misinformation

DEAR EDITOR: Recently, there has been much speculation about “blanket mail-in voting.” Most of it is misinformation and misleading. Ohio doesn’t automatically mail ballots to its residents. Instead, applications to request an absentee ballot are mailed. In order to receive an absentee ...

Officials must enforce state mask mandate

DEAR EDITOR: I have noticed in more than one local retail establishment, employees are openly ignoring the mask mandate. I have documented employees working on the floor and at cash registers not wearing masks themselves, as well as serving maskless customers. I report this behavior to the ...

Warren Township gets numerous fire grants

DEAR EDITOR: This is in response to a Sept. 5 Sound Off questioning whether the Warren Township Fire Department is applying for fire grants. The answer is absolutely yes! For fiscal year 2020, the Warren Township Fire Department has been awarded multiple grants in excess of $350,000, at a ...

Polivka always helpful when he’s called upon

DEAR EDITOR: I want to share my experiences with our Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka. Dan is somebody who earned my trust. In 2009, I was providing care for a disabled family member at my home. Not knowing what assistance was available or how to set up things up, I gave Dan a call. He ...

Theft of statue shows nothing is sacred

DEAR EDITOR: Brookfield wept the morning of Sept. 2 when the theft of Mickey, a lawn statue, was discovered. It had provided so many children a smile, a photo op and a welcome relief from the stress and anxiety of the coronavirus. As the now empty swing moves back and forth, one could only ...

Trump disrespectful to those who served

DEAR EDITOR: I heard the president of the United States refused to visit an American military cemetery in France where 1,800 U.S. Marines are buried, and that he was disrespectful to fallen military service people. My cousin is no loser, nor is our neighbor and friend Angelo, who was on the ...

Dispelling propaganda from liberal writers

DEAR EDITOR: On a Sunday in August, four liberal letters were published that were full of untruths. Allow me a belated rebuttal. First, a writer apparently still believes the Trump-Russia collusion hoax despite reams of evidence disproving it. Another letter claimed the “cancel ...

The buck stops with President Trump

DEAR EDITOR: How dumb does Donald Trump think we are? He constantly states that if Joe Biden is elected president, chaos will rule the streets. Hold on. Hasn’t Donald Trump been our president for nearly four years? Isn’t he presiding over a botched pandemic response with more than ...

Trump’s presidency based on hate, fear

DEAR EDITOR: Black Lives Matter protests make everyone aware of the injustice that has been happening for hundreds of years. However, protests alone won’t change a thing. The white supremacists simply will wait until the heat dies down and then return everything back to the same as before. ...

Anonymous, anti-Trump mailings are petty

DEAR EDITOR: A recent letter from Elizabeth Balson stated she has received snippy notes from liberals without any return address. I also have received such mailings. Don’t these people have anything better to do than send their petty comments to Trump supporters? I’m sure neither Ms. ...

Sound off!

Keep the Raider. Being offended on behalf of a group of you are not part of is the ultimate form of privilege and does a lot more harm than good. It’s condescending, as it gives the assumption that the majority group has the authority over what is “racist” and what’s not. Just because ...

Support Sean O’Brien and Michael O’Brien

DEAR EDITOR: I am writing in support of incumbent state Sen. Sean O’Brien and incumbent state Rep. Michael O’Brien. As a 28-year Southington Township trustee, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working with both these gentlemen. Their unwavering support of Trumbull County has been ...

Differences between US House candidates

DEAR EDITOR: There’s a big difference between Tim Ryan and Christina Hagan. Tim is a mature 47-year-old with a law degree who has been re-elected eight times to the House. Christina Hagan is a young, immature 31-year-old who believes in conspiracies. Also, Tim Ryan is from the middle ...

Spending time away from county offices

DEAR EDITOR: I keep hearing about the number of hours Trumbull County commissioners put in their office doing their job. Two commissioners do spend many hours at work at the county building. Then we have one who spends more hours at a coffee shop, not the county building, while the other two ...

PBS shows contempt, not fairness, to Trump

DEAR EDITOR: Judy Woodruff’s bits of wisdom in the Sept. 13 TV section was a Q and A with the omnipotent Ms. Woodruff, a staple of the liberal media and an ardent anti-Trumper. Judy said, “We are all about fairness.” I watched the DNC and RNC conventions on PBS. For eight days, ...

Trump doesn’t know good guys from bad

DEAR EDITOR: As an Air Force pilot, I learned right away who were the bad guys and who were the good guys, who was working for us and who was against us. The bad guys were trying to kill us and bring our country down — the communist dictatorships of Russia, China, North Korea and North ...

Sometimes freedom comes with a price

DEAR EDITOR: Can you bounce from party to party? My feelings in dedication to my party was never so evident, as I soon found out with emotions exploding in disbelief of so-called Democrats. I will not half-step when it falls on party membership. It wasn’t my discovery of where I belong, ...

Trump’s comments hurt working people

DEAR EDITOR: Donald Trump ripped off his contractors and workers when he was running casinos, and now he’s hurting Ohio workers because his feelings got hurt. Trump’s tweet about Goodyear, calling for a boycott of a company that has been in business for more than 100 years and employs ...

How we can bring heaven to earth?

DEAR EDITOR: The human flaw is the desire to be thought of as better than someone else. It needs to be replaced with desire to simply be a better person. It is the root cause of human suffering, both in those the subject of the actions of the person with this flaw and to those who act on ...

Violent protests only divide nation further

DEAR EDITOR: As of today, 28 deaths are attributed to violent riots of 2020. Hundreds have been injured, and property damage exceeds millions of dollars. Out of control emotions with mob mentality are destroying our cities, fueled and emboldened by national news outlets fanning flames to ...