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Opinion

Stimulus package, voter fraud and more

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Finally the evil one Mitch McConnell has recognized Joe Biden as the new president. Now if he would pass a stimulus package so the American people and small businesses won’t have to go into bankruptcy and have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. We know he ...

Let’s fill in the other side of the story

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Two recent columns demand responses. The first on Dec. 20, “Repeal Ohio’s Unconstitutional Income Tax Rule,” urges a repeal of the temporary state income tax assessed to, mostly, people working from home by their employer’s municipality during the pandemic. I find it ...

Trump’s legacy will be death, selfishness

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: We are at a time in this country that will have a major effect on not just this country’s history, but human history. The U.S. was the one country that set the standards for decency even though we are a flawed nation. The “me first” childish and selfish Trump years have ...

Actions support our troops, not words

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: As a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, I pay close attention to what our elected officials do — not just what they say — when it comes to standing up for our troops. I was concerned about reports that Donald Trump, our commander in chief, called veterans ...

Facts, reality, science are needed to succeed

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Why is it so easy for people to believe conspiracy theories and propaganda just because they fit into their narrative of reality? Why is it so hard to base one’s reality on facts and science and not on unsubstantiated rhetoric? Carl Sagan stated this back in 1995: “Science ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

I thought the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine were first responders and seniors in nursing homes? I saw Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 31 getting her shot. I saw that many states, including Oregon and Virginia, were giving the majority of their vaccines to people under 30 years of ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Bill Paxson of Farmington, who was so inspired by the words of Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice that Paxson researched and wrote “Searching for Common Law and Representative Government,” a look back at early and mid-medieval European history for a ...

Christmas may be over, but financial struggles endure

Editorials

Another Christmas season is in the history books. This one may deserve its own full chapter. COVID-19 has been hard on most of us to lesser or greater extents. But even as area residents worried about the future, they came through once more for our less fortunate neighbors. Many children and ...

US response to hack must be powerful

Editorials

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

More money helped GOP victories

David Skolnick

One lesson from the recent state legislative races in the Mahoning Valley is Republicans in Ohio are better funded and better organized than their Democratic counterparts. Despite the $1.3 billion nuclear power plants bailout scandal involving the former speaker of the House and four other ...

Training is big part of ending police violence

Editorials

Officers are trained to react within split seconds when responding to unknown situations. That training is supposed to equip them to make good decisions. Despite that, inevitably errors will occur. But they happen way too often, and also too often they involve black victims. The latest tragic ...

Drug companies’ evil practices still coming to light

Editorials

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued this month explains ...

ODNR officers must be protected in doing their jobs

Editorials

State agents who enforce hunting laws often have to confront suspects who are carrying guns. Very seldom does that result in violence. It did last week in Ohio’s Clinton County, as state Department of Natural Resources officers were investigating a deer poaching complaint. One of the ...

Well-paved roads more important than aesthetics

Editorials

Some Warren City Council members want to see more money set aside in next year’s budget for road paving and sidewalk improvements, including examining the possibility of funding these types of projects with the city’s recently renewed 0.5 percent income tax. Warren Councilman John Brown, ...

Freedom of speech stops with threats

Editorials

We Americans treasure our freedom of speech. We defend it staunchly. As the old saying goes, we may not agree with what some people say, but we defend their right to say it. Unless it is intended to incite violence to harm people otherwise. There, we draw the line. In August 2019, a ...

City of Warren needs a maternity ward

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Dec. 3, Trumbull Regional Medical Center announced it would close the maternity ward Dec. 31. The closing of the maternity ward at Trumbull Regional Medical Center will leave a void in the city of Warren with the previous announcement of Mercy Health moving its St. Joe’s (St. ...

Continue push for expanded COVID-19 relief

Editorials

Last week, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, described the newly passed $900 billion COVID-19 relief package as just a “down payment” on relief that’s needed for Americans impacted by this year’s pandemic. In a press conference held one day after he voted in support of the relief bill ...

We’d like to forget, but COVID-19 is part of history

Brenda J. Linert

I saw an editorial cartoon last week that was set in the year 2120. A child seated in a floating desk chair in history class asks his teacher why all the textbooks skip the year 2020. The boy’s robot teacher responded, “Historians are still trying to sort that one out, dear.” Yep, ...

Voters disenfranchised by Newton Falls council

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: If nothing else, the unprecedented voter turnout in the historic general election of Nov. 3 demonstrated that democracy in America is thankfully no longer a spectator sport. Yet unfortunately, not all of us had our votes honored at the local level; 385 voters, including me, in ...

Don’t be so quick to cancel Christmas

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Sometimes people begrudge God for being generous to others. Protestants wanting to make reparations to black communities for their ancestors’ crimes of slavery is good. But knowing Jesus, God will most likely apply the “alms giving” for the benefit of their ancestors who ...