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Opinion

Evidence was all there in Minn. trial

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I am writing in response to the April 25 letter, “Chauvin convicted before his trial began.” I find it unsettling to suspect a police officer of behavior contrary to the tenets of law and order. However, if there is no admission of guilt, a video and witnesses cannot be ...

Chauvin conviction based only on facts

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: This is in response to the letters to the editor article titled “Chauvin convicted before his trial began.” Facts are important. First of all, it wasn’t the George Floyd trial; it was the Derek Chauvin trial. We didn’t know how it would end. The prosecution presented ...

Tell Ohio lawmakers to invest in children

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Children do not come in pieces, and neither should our policies and programs. The budget is an opportunity for our representatives to invest in our priorities that make our state a place that people want to call home. Recently, the Ohio House passed its version of Ohio’s ...

You should your voice while you still can

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The biggest con ever is being perpetuated on us, and this is how it works. Let’s break down the hooks that are causing certain people in our society to react irrationally, causing many in the U.S. to get swindled. The first hook is the desire to help your fellow citizens by ...

Congress should stop stalling, get to work

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I urge my elected officials to pass John Lewis’ law; make D.C. a state; make Puerto Rico a state; end the filibuster; keep all laws off my body — women deserve bodily autonomy. Transgender people deserve bodily autonomy. It’s easier to buy an assault rifle than it is to ...

Problems not solved with just money

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Money to rebuild our infrastructure — this is what Biden thinks will save America. Wrong! Our society today honors wealth, attractiveness and success above wisdom. Government leaders, businesses and business leaders, and many families are trapped into thinking money can meet ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To parishioners of the Howland Bolindale Christian Church for finding ways to keep their community food bank operating at record strength throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the pantry gave away more than 1,900 tons — or 3.8 million pounds — of food. That’s a whopping 600 ...

Repeal new law that could set killers free

Editorials

Killer Jacob LaRosa never faced the death penalty in his brutal slaying of his kind-hearted, elderly neighbor, but at least his family could take solace in knowing LaRosa’s conviction and sentencing meant he would never, ever again be free. That is, until legislators recently passed a new ...

Ryan is likely Dems’ nominee

David Skolnick

Since Jan. 25, when U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced he wouldn’t seek re-election next year, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has focused on succeeding him. In mid-November, shortly after winning his 10th two-year House term, Ryan, D-Howland, told me he had no intention of leaving that position unless ...

Caution needed when dodging orange barrels

Editorials

Springtime in the Mahoning Valley blooms orange barrels and traffic cones with flashing lights as construction work ramps up on various roadways. In both Trumbull and Mahoning counties, $71.4 million is being invested by the Ohio Department of Transportation in various active and upcoming ...

It’s time for a change in Niles at-Large seats

Editorials

Niles residents have an opportunity to see several fresh new faces in their council at-Large representation, and we believe they should take it. Four Democrats are seeking the nomination to fill three seats. Jimmy Julian, 28, was appointed last month to fill the seat vacated when former ...

Challengers get nod in city’s 7th, 1st Wards

Editorials

Democratic Party voters in Warren’s 7th Ward will choose in next week’s Democratic primary between two experienced elected officials — incumbent Ronald White Sr. and challenger Susan Hartman. Hartman, 64, served as the city’s 7th Ward councilwoman for six terms in the late 1990s and ...

5th Ward race leaves much to be desired

Editorials

Voters in Warren’s 5th Ward will face a difficult decision at the polls next month and — unless other candidates come forward in the next week — likely again in the fall. We believe the two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the May 4 primary election have a sincere desire ...

Start process on fair congressional districts

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Ohio is a greatly gerrymandered state. Last time district maps were drawn in Ohio, they were done in secrecy with no input from the public, yielding 12 Republican U.S. House districts and four Democratic districts, although Ohio was roughly a 50/50 state. With the current ...

Find ways to fund police body cameras

Editorials

Following Derek Chauvin’s conviction in George Floyd’s homicide, along with new video footage released of recent police-involved shootings in Columbus, Chicago, Minnesota and, sadly, many others, we all should anticipate and welcome more passionate discussion about the addition of police ...

Fulfill EV promise, define low-carbon economy

Community Columnists

Transportation is undergoing a major shift around the globe. The rapid pace of technology continues to make low-carbon alternatives — like electric vehicles — more efficient, more accessible and, truth be told, far more desirable. If expert opinion holds true, up to one-third of new cars ...

Some candidates just avoid the press

Brenda J. Linert

The reaction of voters to some far-right proposals by freshman Ohio Rep. Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta, seems to be utter shock — on both sides of the spectrum. Voters either are thrilled with what Loychik is doing in Columbus and believe Trumbull County has long needed such a conservative ...

Monkey wrench tips scales against LMC

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Ohm’s law (E=IR), might have been short-circuited in the Workhorse electric vehicle at Lordstown Motors Corp. For sure a monkey wrench was thrown to stop production. Competition is a vicious sport, as we have seen before. Back in 1975, a future car named Delorean went south in ...

Name Mosquito park for a real American

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: In response to Rep. Mike Loychik’s proposal to rename Mosquito Lake State Park for a certain former White House occupant, I propose renaming it for an actual American hero. My grandfather Augustine J. Iacconi served this nation with honor and integrity. He fought in World War ...

Avoid low-income work requirements

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Cancer hasn’t stopped, so neither have we. Every year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network brings cancer survivors and advocates to the state capitol to let lawmakers know that preventing suffering and death from cancer must be a top priority. Although we could ...