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Opinion

Liberty must improve its ‘Leopard Pride’

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: “Liberty Leopard Pride” is a phrase often used in Liberty to express our feelings toward our sports teams, our schools and our community: pride in the winning ways and sportsmanship exhibited by our sports teams; pride in our progressive student body, curriculum and physical ...

‘Maskophobe’ group could offer insight

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Has the White House or Gov. Mike DeWine thought of recruiting maskophobes — those who reject mask-wearing — for focus groups to find out what their thinking is? Why not accept at face value the rationales offered by the maskophobes themselves? Well, maskophobes amount to ...

Electing Dems will drive up cost of living

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: If Democrats win in November, here is what to expect: higher taxes, even on your 401k. First, you lost your pension, now they want more of this. They will change the retirement rules for you in the middle of the game. The Green New Deal will take the “green” right out of ...

All should care about Alzheimer’s research

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: About $2.8 billion — that represents the current annual federal funding for Alzheimer’s research. Do we need more? Absolutely, if we are going to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. This annual federal investment represents a fraction of the cost of caring for those with ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

It would be nice to hear what’s going on in Trumbull County from the hard-to-fake office at the receiving end of the pandemic: county coroner. Are the numbers of coronavirus deaths understated? The coroner could tell us if a huge upswing in deaths in recent months is normal around here. A ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To organizers and all those involved in this year’s fundraiser — a virtual run — for the Officer Justin Leo Scholarship Foundation, which offers scholarships to area students. Leo, a Girard police officer, was killed in 2017 in the line of duty. In light of this year’s ...

New funding helps schools react to COVID

Editorials

The Ohio Controlling Board has approved $300 million in federal funding for schools — $200 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund for higher education and $100 million for K-12 schools. That is in addition to hundreds of millions already allocated out of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and ...

Education funds must be priority amid pandemic

Editorials

School, both public and private, will be quite different this fall. In many states, classrooms that normally would have been open by mid-August will not be occupied until September or October, if then. Schools in the Mahoning Valley have been releasing their plans slowly, cautioning that the ...

Valley corruption seems puny

David Skolnick

One lesson I’ve learned covering politics is when something leaves you wondering why, follow the money. That’s what federal prosecutors did in uncovering what they said could be the largest public bribery scheme in Ohio history. When the state Legislature chose last year to bail out two ...

Many questions surround VA hospital deaths

Editorials

Reta Mays’ spree as a serial killer ended in July 2018 — but only after she got away with murdering military veterans for a year. Now that she has been unmasked, the question of how Mays got away with her evil for so long needs to be answered. Last week in U.S. District Court in West ...

Mail-in ballots must include prepaid postage

Editorials

Of all the irrational debates Americans should be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported last week takes the cake. Beyond any doubt, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, ...

Residents should have heard plan on statues first

Editorials

Newton Falls’ plan to welcome statues being rejected from other parts of the country is an interesting concept that has gained a significant amount of attention both locally and nationally. Newton Falls City Manager David Lynch on the Fourth of July signed the proclamation declaring the ...

Oversight must be stringent for PPP initiative

Editorials

What some have described as a “citizen legislature” approach to governance in the United States means that the overwhelming majority of members of Congress have private business interests. Inevitably, some of what they do affects their personal finances. Quite a few of them have ...

Review Ohio prison system’s COVID plans

Editorials

When COVID-19 invaded Ohio about four months ago, virtually no one was ready for it. Had we known then what we know now, lives could have been saved. Our ability to combat the coronavirus has improved dramatically. But in one of the most at-risk populations in Ohio — state prisons — ...

Support those who protect our nation

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: On July 4th, in Newton Falls, we saw just how far our national pride has fallen. Our community has been the focal point for fireworks and festivities including hourlong parades and weeklong carnivals in past years. Due to COVID-19 and wide-spread rioting, 2020 finds most ...

Ohioans deserve quick, accurate COVID statistics

Editorials

We are sorely disappointed at the lack of communication, discrepancies and misinformation provided by Ohio’s administration on Trumbull County’s COVID-19 “Level 3” designation, and on statistics of cases in surrounding counties — including Mahoning — as well. While Trumbull ...

Second Harvest receives national recognition

Community Columnists

Many people across the Mahoning Valley understand the wonderful work being done by Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest’s staff and 153 member agencies and programs work tirelessly every day in an effort to make food accessible to all people in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana ...

Fans won’t go easily with name change

Brenda J. Linert

The loyalty of Cleveland Indians fans soon could be tested again, this time as they face the possibility of not only the removal of their beloved Chief Wahoo mascot, but also now the team nickname. Via social media, the team on July 3 announced it was considering changing the 105-year-old ...

Franchise name change ridiculous

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I’ve been a Washington football fan for more than 50 years. I am completely against this ridiculous move. The name was actually an honor to Native Americans. With the moves the NFL is making, I believe they’re going down the drain. I hope they go bankrupt. Personally, I’ll ...

Language of others has been worse

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I received mail from a progressive liberal who is, of course, not a fan of our president and delights in sending articles and Biden bumper stickers to me anonymously. I would share my thoughts if this person would write without being cowardly and sign his or her name and ...