Letters to the Editor

Cut Democratic cancers from Washington

DEAR EDITOR: In the June 5 Tribune Chronicle, Tim Ryan said this: “Power without principle is corrupt. An impeachment inquiry will begin to cut the cancer of corruption of government and prevent it from spreading.” The cancer that needs to be cut is Nancy Pelosi and Chuck ...

City should foot bill for waterline repairs

DEAR EDITOR: The city of Niles sewer system is 80 to 100 years old and in desperate need of repair. The system was bought and paid for by the taxpayers of Niles. When there is a break in the line in the street, the city wants the homeowner to repair it, costing $6,000 and up. With the ...

Time to read the Mueller Report

DEAR EDITOR: Lately, I am frustrated watching cable television journalists who normally suit my moderate-liberal bent. I want to stay informed, but I feel wearied by moment-by-moment recaps of Donald Trump’s escapades, accompanied by constant updating of those who would vote to impeach ...

How Ohio should focus on results

DEAR EDITOR: Despite best intentions and hard work in our communities, Ohio continues to be ground zero for devastating public health issues. Drug addiction, infant mortality and criminal recidivism are just a few complex problems we face, and we’re spending billions to fight them. Too many ...

Democrats’ philosophy is to take and spend

DEAR EDITOR: This is in response to the letter titled “Thank a Democrat for things we enjoy.” We can thank both parties for laws that protect Americans. We as people pay into Medicare and Social Security and pay for those on Medicaid as taxpayers to insure the poor of our country. But in ...

Disease infecting all Americans

DEAR EDITOR: An emotional or mental disease can affect an individual, a group or a society. In the movie “One Flew Over the Coo Coo’s Nest,” there’s a subplot where the doctors running the mental health facility were only managing the patients, not trying to heal them. They did this ...

Sound off!

Thousands of more jobs could be gone from Kraftmaid; $8 per hour labor from Georgia for TJX construction. It doesn’t sound like Making America Great Again. The wealthiest just keep getting wealthier, and others keep falling out of the middle class. Trump should change his campaign to “Make ...

More favoritism for public employees

DEAR EDITOR: The case of Trumbull County 911 Director Ernest Cook is especially infuriating. He is accused of drunken driving, hitting a kid and leaving the scene in Brookfield last July — almost a year ago. I believe there has been no end to the investigation yet because he’s a public ...

Be educated on laws to protect yourself

DEAR EDITOR: I read the Tribune Chronicle story about politicians in Warren talking about issues concerning public employees. As usual, politicians talk to get votes and have no clue what the Ohio Revised Code or the Ohio Ethics Commission law states. I retired from the city of Warren two ...

Chance to fix school funding is at hand

DEAR EDITOR: This spring provides a real opportunity to fix our state’s broken school funding formula. Under the current school funding formula only 17 percent of schools are actually funded using it while 83 percent are funded outside the formula. In the case of Lordstown Local Schools, ...

Debates may give Ryan exposure he needs

DEAR EDITOR: Joe Biden is the leading Democratic party candidate by far. And our Tim Ryan has so much in common with Joe. Both come from blue collar towns, both are Roman Catholic, both are middle-of-the road candidates. Joe is a trusted grandfather figure, and Tim is a trusted middle-age ...

Employee investigation appears incomplete

DEAR EDITOR: I have followed with interest the recent disciplinary episode involving Warren city worker Celestino DiVieste and his punishment. The Warren human resources department is on record saying that because of the Fox 8 news report being made public, it “ruined any chance of a ...

Trustee questions road levy length

DEAR EDITOR: There is much uncertainty regarding state sources of funding for local roads. For example, the state motor vehicle fuel tax increase will begin this July, possible increases exist in distributions of local government funds and a possible increase for townships through motor ...

Warren hiring story was unnecessary

DEAR EDITOR: What was the purpose and urgency of a Tribune Chronicle front page news story about the Warren auditor’s son getting a job? Were laws broken? Did someone file a complaint claiming favoritism or corruption? Even in this case, there are layers upon layers of separation ...

Lessons from Ohio’s In Demand jobs week

DEAR EDITOR: There are 236 in-demand occupations in which there are nearly 100,000 openings in Ohio. Many of those careers pay more than $50,000 a year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Earlier this month, as part of “In-Demand Jobs Week,” I met employers looking for people ...

Consumers pay for tariffs — not exporters

DEAR EDITOR: A tariff is a tax on imported goods. Despite what President Trump says, it almost always is paid directly by the importer (usually a domestic firm) and never by the exporting country. That means if a progressive tariff (tax) is placed on all Mexican goods imported to this ...

Removing rights not answer to gun violence

DEAR EDITOR: There has been another mass shooting in this country. Twelve people killed in the Virginia carnage. I’m sure all the anti-gun people will be beating their war drums to rid society of the evil of guns. Politicians will stand and make speeches. But we, as a nation, must move in ...

HB 6 is nothing but bailout bill

DEAR EDITOR: Confusion exists on Substitute House Bill 6, so-called “Clean Air Program” that bails out FirstEnergy Solutions and eliminates Ohio’s truly “clean air” programs of Renewable Portfolio Standards and Energy Efficiency Standards. The problem stems from $2.4 million spent by ...

Councilman’s salary proposal ridiculous

DEAR EDITOR: How can anyone ever take Warren Councilman Ken MacPherson seriously again after his ridiculous proposal to change the city’s safety service director’s pay scale? And what a tremendous insult to Mayor Doug Franklin. Is MacPherson suggesting that the mayor isn’t ...

Newspaper should publish full report

DEAR EDITOR: The Tribune Chronicle needs to inform its readership of the news of the day, especially when the nation is on the brink of a constitutional crisis and the potential impeachment of a president. The attorney general received the Mueller Report and misled the American people as to ...