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Letters to the Editor

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Kudos and a round of applause for Dennis Watkins! His unwavering fight for justice for the victimized Fife family has become legendary. Danny Lee Hill should have been executed years ago for the horrendous murder of 12-year-old Raymond Fife. Talk about injustice! Where is justice for Raymond ...

Safety more vital than speediness

DEAR EDITOR: As a member of the board of trustees of the McKinley Memorial Library, I was disappointed and disheartened by your Sunday editorial exhorting area libraries to fully reopen “with more urgency.” Based on Gov. Mike DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio program, the McKinley ...

Education committees must plan virus policy

DEAR EDITOR: ORC 3313.48 mandates that a school district “... shall provide for the free education of the youth within the district under its jurisdiction. ...” As school districts open this fall, the issues pertaining to COVID-19 will impact school finances of districts with additional ...

Vienna officer’s portrayal off base

DEAR EDITOR: This is regarding the article written on Christopher Zadroski. Chris is a wonderful son, father and brother to his family. He is kind, polite and a good and decent man. He has moved on and deserves to have a chance to do what he loves. I applaud Vienna police Chief Ludt for ...

Discussion on racism needed with Dems

DEAR EDITOR: The Democrats cry racism every time they don’t get their way. They do not want to have a real conversation on racism. Everyone knows what happened to George Floyd was out-and-out murder. Whites and blacks all feel this way. But to have people take over Seattle and let the ...

Some Masury mailboxes may need to be moved

DEAR EDITOR: Letter carriers take pride in delivering mail promptly, efficiently and in the safest manner possible. Backing is the most dangerous maneuver a postal vehicle can make. An effort has been made nationally to eliminate as many backing instances as possible on each and every postal ...

Police must have a positive influence

DEAR EDITOR: Times have changed. When you meet a police officer today, your greeting should be, “I mean you no harm. Please don’t kill me.” It may save your life. This is a disturbing trend in our normal lives that has come about since the rise in terrorist activities. The police act ...

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Warren City Council kowtows to the owner of Auto Parkit and every 90 days re-approves closure of Dana Street because that owner “fears vandalism.” Would city leaders close Market Street or Park Avenue because a business owner there feared vandalism? No! It’s unbelievable that council ...

It is time to pray

DEAR EDITOR: What is happening to America? Our country began with these words 240 years ago: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit ...

Taking a knee can send many messages

It seems to me that in the late history of this country there is a lot of power in taking a knee. From Tim Tebow in the end zone after scoring a touchdown; to countless men proposing to their soulmates with a wedding band in hand; to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem ...

Stop bringing back bad police officers

I watch the news, and I want to cry. I am a white American, and I am ashamed of what some people do. That white cop represents all white people who stand by and allow this to happen time and time again. Of course, there are bad people in every segment of society, but to inflict capital ...

‘Bad apples’ exist in every profession

DEAR EDITOR: What does looting, rioting, burning cop cars, beating innocent people, destroying public property and private businesses have to do with protesting? The answer is absolutely nothing. The Black Lives Matter representative asking a white woman to kneel down and denounce white ...

McConnell, not Trump, is our biggest threat

DEAR EDITOR: Before Donald Trump assumed the presidency in 2017, Mitch McConnell became the Senate majority leader in 2015. He undertook a series of actions ordered by a small coterie of the ultra-wealthy. The purpose was to line the pockets of those rich folks. They put their need of endless ...

GOP not helping to stop COVID-19

DEAR EDITOR: I just heard the car companies are asking for help during the coronavirus crisis. Excuse me, but didn’t they get bailed out at least once before? And didn’t they get a huge tax break from Donald Trump, as well as the Republicans? What did they do with all that money? Did ...

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After the fine and calm showing from Warren police at last week’s protest, I am glad Eddie Colbert is safety service director. I shudder to think how another person in that position would have handled it. — Warren Hate spewed by former and recalled Newton Falls Mayor Pat Layshock on his ...

Why so much hate? All people are alike

DEAR EDITOR: Why do people, and I mean all people, have to look at each other and only see the differences? Can’t we see how much we all are alike? We want to be loved, to have a home, a family, a good job. We all want to be needed, wanted, to belong, to create, to serve, to express joy and ...

YSU president’s silence deafening

DEAR EDITOR: Our country, state and the Mahoning Valley are changing everyday. The global pandemic has been the focus for most citizens in our Valley over the last three months, but with the ongoing protests against police brutality and systematic racism, I want to raise concerns about leaders ...

Principles needed for good government

DEAR EDITOR: The overly stated adage, “Money talks and (something) walks,” is not a way to evaluate the purpose of life. Tradition fails us when there’s a lack of character — good character. In 2016 “the hollow man” (Trump) ran for office and won. In reference to Donald Trump’s ...

Disheartened over election process

DEAR EDITOR: After reading the May 9 article titled, “County Elections board calls for investigation,” I was disheartened to see the amount of politics involved in the democratic process. The first issue I found concerning is our system is set up for the failure of anyone who does not ...

Kudos for those involved in protest

DEAR EDITOR: I would like to extend kudos to all of those who took place in Monday’s peaceful protest for the killing of George Floyd — to the mayor, police, the marchers, to those veterans who showed up to protect the statue and to Ty Powell — for exemplifying the way a protest should ...