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Opinion

Ohio lawmakers should consider police reform plan

Editorials

People like Derek Chauvin need to be kept out of law enforcement. When they manage to elude safeguards with that as a goal, they need to be identified and booted out of the profession. And when law enforcement brutality does occur, it simply must be punished swiftly and severely. All that ...

Weeding out bad police will aid public trust

Editorials

Use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel is a problem that transcends race, as a video shot recently in Buffalo, New York, makes clear. Taken by a television news crew, the video shows Buffalo police responding to a demonstration in the city’s Niagara Square. Like so many ...

Taking a knee can send many messages

Letters to the Editor

It seems to me that in the late history of this country there is a lot of power in taking a knee. From Tim Tebow in the end zone after scoring a touchdown; to countless men proposing to their soulmates with a wedding band in hand; to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem ...

It’s time for libraries to go back to full use

Editorials

We are disappointed that, despite the reopening of bars, hair salons, tattoo parlors and other locations where customers may visit, sit and spend time, many of our tax-supported public libraries are choosing not to allow visitors or library users to come inside. Yes, we realize many libraries ...

Police complaint openness big part of reform

Brenda J. Linert

In Ohio, like most states, residents may easily access a public database of disciplinary records involving any educator licensed to teach our youth in the state of Ohio. Same goes for medical doctors, psychologists, dentists and even lawyers who practice here. Easy public access to this ...

Stop bringing back bad police officers

Letters to the Editor

I watch the news, and I want to cry. I am a white American, and I am ashamed of what some people do. That white cop represents all white people who stand by and allow this to happen time and time again. Of course, there are bad people in every segment of society, but to inflict capital ...

Raise and salute Old Glory today

Editorials

Today, Flag Day, is a day when thoughtful Americans pay homage to what Old Glory represents. This year, for many reasons, our nation has felt divided. There have been racial protests in recent weeks from coast to coast. There has been division among Americans over the issue of closing or ...

‘Bad apples’ exist in every profession

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: What does looting, rioting, burning cop cars, beating innocent people, destroying public property and private businesses have to do with protesting? The answer is absolutely nothing. The Black Lives Matter representative asking a white woman to kneel down and denounce white ...

McConnell, not Trump, is our biggest threat

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Before Donald Trump assumed the presidency in 2017, Mitch McConnell became the Senate majority leader in 2015. He undertook a series of actions ordered by a small coterie of the ultra-wealthy. The purpose was to line the pockets of those rich folks. They put their need of endless ...

GOP not helping to stop COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I just heard the car companies are asking for help during the coronavirus crisis. Excuse me, but didn’t they get bailed out at least once before? And didn’t they get a huge tax break from Donald Trump, as well as the Republicans? What did they do with all that money? Did ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

After the fine and calm showing from Warren police at last week’s protest, I am glad Eddie Colbert is safety service director. I shudder to think how another person in that position would have handled it. — Warren Hate spewed by former and recalled Newton Falls Mayor Pat Layshock on his ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins for continuing his fight in the nearly 35-year-old death penalty case of Danny Lee Hill, who sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered 12-year-old Raymond Fife in 1985. After the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned ...

Community, Catholics lost valued leader

Editorials

Bishop George Murry was well-known for his infectious laugh and constant smile. But as his life is celebrated today during a Mass of Christian burial at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, there is so much more that we should recall. Sadly, the bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown passed ...

Campaign reports give insight

David Skolnick

There were several interesting developments from the post-primary campaign finance reports of state Legislature incumbents and candidates from the Mahoning Valley. State Rep. Gil Blair, D-Weathersfield, in the Ohio House’s 63rd District was the only incumbent in the area to face challengers ...

Defunding police isn’t right answer

Editorials

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger. Yet some ...

Prosecutors should review ODNR spending

Editorials

The idea that government officials should be good stewards of taxpayers’ money does not seem to have caught on. New evidence that some bureaucrats do not see that as important comes from a report by Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer. Meyer’s report details illegal, extravagant and ...

Local companies lose when city is the competition

Editorials

Vehicles ordered to be towed by Warren police officers soon no longer will go to a privately operated lot but instead to a city-operated impound yard, as approved recently by Warren City Council at an accelerated pace. The idea is to make money, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that ...

Gun safety even more critical when children are around

Editorials

A family in Cleveland continues to mourn after a 12-year-old boy and his brother found a loaded gun in their father’s truck and tragedy followed last week. Donell King Jr., 12, died after having attempted to take the gun away from his brother, who had picked it up. The gun went off, and ...

Learn from April; be ready for November

COVID-19

County election boards throughout Ohio did a superb job in handling the April primary election. So did hundreds of thousands of voters. Perhaps political science professors already have started writing books about the election process this year. If not, they will. COVID-19 has made the ...

Why so much hate? All people are alike

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Why do people, and I mean all people, have to look at each other and only see the differences? Can’t we see how much we all are alike? We want to be loved, to have a home, a family, a good job. We all want to be needed, wanted, to belong, to create, to serve, to express joy and ...