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Opinion

System must not be part of the problem

Editorials

An investigation into Michelle Miller, warden at the Belmont Correctional Institute, needs to be concluded as quickly as possible. And if Miller committed the acts she is accused of by the state inspector general, she should be removed from her post and possibly prosecuted. Miller allegedly ...

Punishment must fit fatal drug crimes

Editorials

No one beats the chemists who concoct illegal drugs in introducing “new and improved” products to the marketplace. Their greatest accomplishment during recent years appears to have been manufacturing ever-more deadly drugs. A new one, “gray death,” is being seen in our region. It ...

Efforts at improving crime rates successful

Editorials

Violent crime in other areas of the United States is showing no signs of slowing down. Police officers in Chicago, for instance, are finding themselves amid an ongoing gang war that apparently has not played itself out yet. Monday, officers there were issued warnings about gangs armed with ...

Waiting for perfect bill on health care won’t work

Editorials

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Ohio charter schools still need work

Editorials

Ohio public education officials deserve praise for refusing, in effect, to take federal money under false pretenses. Federal officials had planned to send the state $71 million to expand Ohio’s network of private charter schools subsidized with taxpayers’ money. But state school ...

Children’s parents must be responsible

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR, Your April 27 editorial regarding student sleep and academic performance states that children need adequate sleep in order to perform well in school. This should come as no surprise to any parent of school-age children. The question to be debated, however, is not whether student ...

New county labor pacts must rein in spending

Editorials

Recommendations being made by a group of residents and business people who, at the request of Trumbull County commissioners, are reviewing Trumbull County spending, seem to be on the right track as the group calls for trimming spending, especially in the areas of personnel. Issues raised in ...

Congress must repeal ‘Obamacare’

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I think I’m living in an alternate universe. Every year, I get at least five insurance proposals when my Medicare renewal comes around. If “Obamacare” were repealed, do you think the insurance companies would just sit on their hands and not go after those people? By just ...

Insurance problems bigger than ACA

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: On a recent political talk show, a government official spoke about how the Affordable Care Act was failing. For those of us who are paying insurance without benefit of the Affordable Care Act, we are experiencing problems, too. The standard monthly Medicare Part B premium for 2017 ...

Ohio is great enabler for drug addicts

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Do government officials we’ve elected know the definition of an enabler? With regards to addiction, enabling is to accommodate the addicts in order to protect them from facing the full consequences of their drug use. What happens when an addict overdoses? Nothing. Our leaders ...

Execution delays are injustice

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: This is in response to two letters about capital punishment that appeared April 30. No one has asked the victims’ families if Ohio should stop executions when the people involved in these heinous crimes were guilty and received the death penalty. It is expected that our ...

History of liberals often omitted

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Jane Mayer was interviewed by PBS’ Tavis Smiley as she promoted her book “Dark Money,” a rant and a rave about big money for the right. Jane had a brain freeze when she omitted the billions raised by the left’s George Soros, Anna Wintour, David Geffen or the smug ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

l ORCHID: To Matthew Szorady of Braceville, Justin Jenkins of Leavittsburg and Kyle Nolan of Florida, who quickly helped a woman whose curtains had caught fire last week. The trio was playing basketball at the Braceville courts when they heard screaming at a nearby home. The men alerted ...

Truth always important in reporting, life

Brenda J. Linert

Keenly aware of the “fake news” criticisms the media frequently receives these days, I owe my readers an explanation. I received an email Monday from a daily reader who was not shy in his criticism. I had written in my column last Sunday that the Tribune Chronicle would not publish anymore ...

Cost-saving switch is right choice

Editorials

A move by the Western Reserve Port Authority to replace Vienna police officers with Trumbull County sheriff’s deputies in providing security at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport might be painful for the Vienna Police Department, but it was the right thing to do for the publicly funded ...

It’s time to accept election’s outcome

Editorials

So, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, perhaps offering her take on the 2016 presidential election. And, as she told an interviewer this week, she accepts responsibility for losing to Donald Trump. Sort of. “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There’s no such thing,” Clinton told a ...

AutoParkit is a shot in arm just when we need it

Editorials

This week’s announcement that Warren native Christopher Alan is moving forward on bringing a new type of manufacturing to Warren is generating a new energy in the area, as is evidenced by the buzz on social media. Alan’s Los Angeles-based company, AutoParkit, manufactures automated ...

Don’t expect the bullying to end soon

Editorials

Asked about the possibility of U.S. officials offering to engage in negotiations with North Korea over that rogue nation’s missile buildup, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer replied that for such talks to happen, Pyongyang would have to show signs of “good faith.” Lots of luck ...

Don’t make same mistake two times

Editorials

How is it possible that the state of Ohio allowed a man with 14 convictions for driving under the influence to get behind the wheel of a vehicle ever again? Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato apparently wonders about that, too. On Monday, Timothy J. Jones, 53, of Columbus, ...