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Opinion

Letters to the editor – Thief stole American flag from yard

Editorials

DEAR EDITOR: Someone who stole our flag from our front yard on May 3. Our neighbor had damage also. We always decorate for the holidays. It’s pretty bad when someone steals a flag. I am a veteran and very proud of this country and flag. I hope the thief enjoys our flag as much as we ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

n ORCHID: To the Cortland family of a deceased local man who discovered two grenades in the items he left behind. The quick-thinking family recognized the potential danger and took the appropriate fast action by calling police and, ultimately, the Youngstown Bomb Squad. All ended safely. n ...

‘Business as usual’ must stop in D.C.

Editorials

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge that we must do it makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Girard sets good example of democratic government

Editorials

Girard City Council President Reynold Paolone said the city is putting out the welcome mat for businesses that want to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana. Tell that to Mayor James Melfi. After council voted unanimously to support first reading of legislation that would allow these ...

Council should put focus on issues under its control

Editorials

Warren City Council tonight is expected to vote on a resolution that, if adopted, would oppose repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” as it’s commonly called. This resolution, proposed by Councilwoman Helen Rucker, brings before Warren Council a federal issue that ...

Damages from Canadian suit should go to soldier’s family

Editorials

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops who were battling Islamic terrorists in ...

Environmental rules must be realistic and balanced

Editorials

Under former President Barack Obama’s Waters of the United States rules, even fields dry most of the time and ditches rarely filled with water fell under the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority. That expansive power clearly was unneeded to safeguard the environment. As so often ...

Taxpayers should feel cheated by online school

Editorials

Online schools can be wonderful things. Among other things, they can provide more individualized attention to students and appeal to those who may not function well in the set hours and environments of traditional classrooms. But one thing they do not do as well is ensure students are showing ...

Anonymity should be a rarity in news stories

Brenda J. Linert

CNN this week said it was safety concerns that led to its decision to withhold the identity of the man behind a doctored anti-CNN video shared last week by President Donald Trump. The video, originally posted by an unidentified man on Reddit, a social media web site, showed an old WWE ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To “Academy” founder, the Rev. Alton Merrell and other volunteers working with the new Warren program aimed at helping troubled youth make smarter decisions. As he puts it, kids shouldn’t be held accountable for what they haven’t been taught. ORCHID: To local Rotary clubs ...

Operational funding big issue with Falls center

Editorials

Struggling with a tight budget, triggered largely by constituents’ votes to reinstate the village’s income tax forgiveness, several members of council believe repair, upkeep and routine operating costs at the aging Village Community Center are out of their reach. The Newton Falls ...

Council right to stand strong on pay freeze promises

Editorials

Warren city council was right to vote no on a factfinder’s report that would have given about 48 city firefighters who are members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 204 $500 stipends this month and another next July. At first glance, such a bonus might sound minimal, but ...

Skyrocketing national debt threatens our independence

Editorials

On Tuesday, thoughtful Americans paused to reflect on and be grateful for our many liberties. To an enormous extent, we owe them to the nation’s founders, who followed up their courageous Declaration of Independence with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been reliable insurance for ...

Some sage advice from those in U.S. history

Editorials

“We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately,” Benjamin Franklin commented after the nation’s founders declared independence from Great Britain. As so often seems to be the case, the advice is as good now as it was more than two centuries ago. For all the ...

Double standard exists in idea for changes to constitution

Editorials

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking — or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how ...

Blight cleanup means more than just demolition

Editorials

Committees exploring the possibility of creating a Council of Governments collaborative in Trumbull County, so far, have focused heavily on the topic of blight removal. Undisputedly, the problem is a serious one. Still, we caution that blight removal presents significant challenges that ...

Changes from the heart

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Cal Thomas’s column, “Religious left’s Second Coming” published in the June 17 Tribune Chronicle was spot on. I agree with his comment, “If repairs were to be made, they must come from transformed human hearts, not Washington.” My question to readers is if you ...