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Opinion

Signs, signs, everywhere signs

David Skolnick

There’s a saying in politics that signs don’t vote. I don’t necessarily agree with that. Sure, signs in ditches or on vacant properties don’t mean anything. But if you’ve got a Donald Trump or a Joe Biden sign in your yard, there’s a very strong chance you’re voting for ...

Kudos for scrapped plans to shut down military magazine

Editorials

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the 20th ...

Guard against web posts planned to cause discord

Editorials

No informed high official in our government disputes that Russia is doing its best to influence the 2020 election, not by hacking into computers and altering vote totals but by sowing dissension among us. In case you hadn’t noticed, that strategy worked very well in 2016 and has since. ...

Don’t accept ever-growing national debt as new normal

Editorials

Members of Congress and the White House had no realistic option but to approve about $3 trillion in emergency spending to battle COVID-19’s devastating impact on the economy. Even more federal money may have to be appropriated for the purpose. But last week, we were reminded of another ...

Virus’s effect has us down, but not out

Editorials

COVID-19 is being blamed for lengthy delays in new area construction and business growth, including the planned Boscov’s opening at the Eastwood Mall Complex and development of a new Menards warehouse in nearby Portage County. We are sorely disappointed to see the current health crisis has ...

Violent protests only divide nation further

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: As of today, 28 deaths are attributed to violent riots of 2020. Hundreds have been injured, and property damage exceeds millions of dollars. Out of control emotions with mob mentality are destroying our cities, fueled and emboldened by national news outlets fanning flames to ...

Niles, neighbors must come to table for talks

Editorials

It appears Niles officials are making good on their threats to attempt to annex land from Weathersfield into the city. While we generally have used this space to promote regionalization efforts that can lead to efficiencies in government operations and spending for the good of the entire ...

Learn how the Constitution shaped America

Community Columnists

Thursday is Constitution Day. Do you know what it took to become America? It’s a simple question; however, with so much controversy in our country today, I wondered how individuals would answer. The bottom line is that America did not happen overnight. There were growing pains. The ...

Player provides inspiration during pandemic

Brenda J. Linert

It’s depressing to acknowledge that it’s been nearly a year since I last attended a professional sporting event. My son and I took in a division rivalry Monday Night Football game at Heinz Field — Steelers vs. the Bengals — Sept. 30, 2019. Steelers won, 27-3. Not bad, I guess, for my ...

Portman bill would help businesses reopen

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Many Ohio businesses and their employees have been hit hard by COVID-19 social-distancing measures. Workplaces have closed, people have been furloughed and small businesses across our state are hurting. As we slowly continue to reverse that trend and businesses reopen, we need to ...

Democrats are better managers than GOP

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Democrats manage the economy better than conservatives. They just don’t get proper credit because they don’t promote their own achievements. Nobody ever points out there is greater economic prosperity under Democratic leadership. Don’t mistake stock market success for ...

Know the candidates before you go vote

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Even though we have several weeks before this nation’s extremely important presidential election, time is of the essence. Americans need to know what we are in store for and how vital this election is to our capitalistic economy and our very basic freedoms. If you have felt ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

Numerous Warren rundown homes are owned by Property Group LLC’s, purchased cheaply, not maintained and appealing to criminals. It’s the “almighty dollar.” Two homes on Genessee are owned by LLC’s, one with a $130,000 drug bust recently, and another with a bad roof. The owner’s ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To Doug Genna, Youngstown State University associate professor of chemistry, and Mariah DeFuria, a 2017 YSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, for their design of a newly patented material that could assist in the process of removing pharmaceuticals increasingly found in ...

Have compassion in collection demand of compensation error

Editorials

About 48,000 Ohioans who received more unemployment benefits than they were entitled to may have to repay the money, state officials say. Often in such cases, over-payments result from claimants failing to report money they received while collecting benefits. Where flagrant, substantial ...

We must always guard against all types of enemies

Editorials

A generation of young Americans have been reminded brutally of the price we pay for letting down our guard against murderous enemies. Nineteen years ago today, on Sept. 11, 2001, the foes were terrorists based abroad, who massacred 2,997 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and on an ...

Your kindness will last decade

Community Columnists

In my 13 years as president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, I have repeatedly witnessed the unyielding kindness of the people of Appalachian Ohio. We care deeply about others, and when asked to help, we step forward. Amid the challenges we face today, it is easy to feel ...

Remember bright parts of Raymond’s life

Editorials

So many times over the past 35 years we have written heart-wrenching stories about the horrors of Raymond Fife’s death and the ongoing legal battles involving ever-recurring court appeals and delays in the execution of his convicted killer Danny Lee Hill. Raymond Fife, of course, was the ...

Stop haggling, ensure deal has credit insurance

Editorials

Among popular Christmas season activities during recent years has been finding the Elf on the Shelf. The stuffed toy, about 12 inches long, delights children who wonder where in the house he or she may be hiding. Thanks to COVID-19, a good place to start looking for the Elf this year would be ...

TSA worker proves good still exists

Editorials

Frustration with government is understandable. Sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants in the ranks who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their very best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. Perhaps you missed the ...