Opinion

Stranded on a cabin cruiser

Community Columnists

I was 12 years old. It was August of 1948. We were on vacation in Delaware. I didn’t like crab cakes. I was awakened after a cold, fitful night of sleep on one of the two bunks in the bow of the little cabin cruiser. There were no blankets. I had heard footsteps on the decking overhead. It ...

Community Stars will be out tonight

Editorials

Ten Trumbull County residents will be honored this evening as the latest in an elite group of Community Stars being recognized for the incredible level of service and volunteerism they bring to our community. The Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100 will again co-sponsor this evening’s ...

Great Lakes funding cuts are too large

Editorials

Despite often being a disliked federal agency, much of what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does is necessary. The agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative falls into that category. Many Ohioans are well aware of problems in the lakes, especially Lake Erie. Toxic algae and ...

Don’t punish children with ACA reform

Letters to the Editor

DEAR Editor: It is said that a country is measured by how it treats its children and elderly. This statement is now being tested for truth as our government is discussing the fate of the Affordable Care Act. Our elderly in this country are provided health care coverage through the Medicare ...

Niles gasoline policy invites much misuse

Editorials

For decades, some Niles city employees have been filling up their personal automobile gas tanks with fuel from the city’s pumps without ever reporting how much they used on city business. Workers were permitted to use up to 15 gallons a week, even if they didn’t need it for their jobs. ...

Horton is a hit, and so is reading

Brenda J. Linert

Dr. Seuss is famous not just for putting together silly rhymes in ridiculous stories, but for the reason he did it. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in 1927, Dr. Seuss, as he eventually became known, created his silly rhymes largely because he wanted to help children find enjoyment in reading. He ...

Leaders must have higher standards

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Last week I saw one of the most disgusting political events with a picture of seven Republican women that circulated widely on Facebook, all giving the party’s local chairman an obscene gesture. What made it even worse were the comments by these women, blaming others and even ...

Ryan surfs two political waves

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: You have to ask yourself just how good of a leader is Tim Ryan for Trumbull County. Trumbull County, the main part of this Democratic congressman’s district, just voted heavily for Republican President Donald Trump. This district has not voted Republican for president in ...

School drug testing supported

Letters to the Editor

School drug testing supported DEAR EDITOR: At a board meeting last week we learned the Bloomfield-Mespo School District is moving toward adopting a random drug testing policy for students. The language is not yet finalized and it has yet to be voted on, but as a community member, parent and ...

Township cemetery improvements needed

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Last weekend we turned our clocks ahead. Spring and summer are just ahead. It should be a happy time, but for some it means another summer of watching our loved ones disrespected. In 1985, my mother passed away suddenly. My father spent time picking out a tidy, well-kept ...

Bravo to Niles Drama Club

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Congratulations to Mrs. Chris Walters and the Niles Middle School Drama Club for their fine performance of Folk Tales for Fun Friday evening, March 10. Their hard work paid off for a very entertaining production. This is the second year for the drama club and the program is ...

Orchids & Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To North Bloomfield Fiscal Officer Allen Kalsbeek, who not only coordinated the township’s purchase of new shingles with the urgency it deserved after the township garage and administration building suffered serious wind damage last week, but then he joined the contractor on the ...

Support what Americans want

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I love this! Politicians actually working, and for us! Not the liberals and Democrats in Washington, who are still throwing tantrums. I called and told them to vote for the cabinet to run this country as a whole; give this administration the same respect you got. It seems ...

Football program had wrong priorities

Editorials

Had two former Penn State University officials done the right thing, some children might have been spared the ongoing pain of having been sexually abused. Apparently, the university’s football program was more important to the two. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, 67, and ...

Have a safe St. Pat’s Day

Editorials

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday marking the importance of the Irish culture for many Irish-Americans in the Mahoning Valley. Many Irish Catholics will start the day out with Mass and spend the day celebrating by partaking in Irish meals and drinks with family and friends. As the day ...

Dishwasher is waste of funds

Editorials

A City Hall dishwasher? Really? The recent purchase of an automatic dishwasher that allows Warren City Hall workers to avoid handwashing their coffee cups is an unnecessary expense and an illogical misuse of public funds. The $600 pricetag, not including additional plumbing and ...

Terror surveillance failing, wasting money

Editorials

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...

Keep bright light shining on government

Editorials

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Approve, then welcome new FDA director

Editorials

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Laziness is no excuse for an unhealthy life

Editorials

Sadly, Trumbull and Mahoning counties are among the least healthy in Ohio. That’s according to a recent national study that analyzed socioeconomic and environmental factors, quality and length of life, health behaviors and clinical care and more. Specifically, Trumbull County ranked ...