×

Opinion

Reallocate grant funds from dam removal

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: It was announced that Eastgate was to get $2 million for the dam removal. The media has a tendency to nudge this removal along. In the first place $2 million will not cover the project, and those of us who have attended meetings on the dam removal have been told another much ...

Previous engineer says he initiated plans

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I would like to add clarification to a recent letter from the Trumbull County engineer relative to regionalization initiatives that I started while I was in office as Trumbull County engineer. My idea of regionalization and cooperative purchasing started when I took office in ...

Obama hypocrisy shown with moves­

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Last week, Michelle Obama spoke at the Obama Foundation Summit and shared painful memories of growing up on Chicago’s south side. She said as black people moved into her neighborhood, white people moved out. “Y’all were running from us and you’re still running” she said. ...

Trump rooted in corruption

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I believe the Trump administration is rooted in corruption. Look at all the Trump affiliates in jail — Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. What happened to his promise to only hire the best people? He said he would drain the swamp, but ...

Sound off!

Letters to the Editor

Woke up, made my bed with sheets, blanket and bedspread, all from China. Took my medication (China). Went to my computer (China). My printer (Japan) jammed. Turned on the light (China) to dress: shoes (Taiwan), jeans (Mexico), belt (Vietnam), shirt (China), hat (Vietnam). Got into my Kia ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Lordstown Village Council for voting 2-4 Monday against a plan that would have established new limits on tax abatements that could be negotiated in the village. If it had passed, it effectively would have bound the hands of economic development officials and surely would have had ...

Racism still plagues US

Editorials

Just when you think it just may be possible that racism isn’t a problem anymore, the bigots remind us it is. A recent Associated Press story reported two events involving the late Emmett Till. Till was 14 when, in August 1955, he visited relatives in Mississippi. The black boy was born ...

Election preparation and interesting races

David Skolnick

Because of deadlines, reporters write outlines of election stories before the results come in. That's what I did before Tuesday's election. Uncertain about what would happen in Youngstown's 7th Ward council seat, I wrote two scenarios for the city council article. I wrote that it was a ...

Timing very bad for Niles pay raises

Editorials

It’s true few residents ever would admit to willingly supporting pay raises for their elected officials. Even given that, the timing of raises approved last week for Niles elected officials truly couldn’t have been any worse. Some of the raises aren’t huge by most standards — but ...

Rape is wrong in all circumstances

Editorials

Rape is a heinous crime, period. But in some circumstances, it is legal in Ohio. You read that correctly. Though state law makes raping a spouse a crime, there is a loophole: According to The Columbus Dispatch, the law “prevents rape charges from being filed when a spouse was drugged, ...

Do your civic duty and head to polls today

Editorials

When you head to the polls today, you won’t see a race for president, statewide issues or even countywide seats. But that doesn’t mean this election isn’t important. In fact, it’s critically important in terms of local control and grassroots government. Sadly, elections ...

Past presidents are teachers, elder statesmen

Editorials

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Detailed rules needed with NCAA plan

Editorials

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. Last week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

Get out and do your important duty — vote

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I realize it seems pointless to vote sometimes because this area is dominated by one party leaving many races uncontested. It feels like a powerful few are picking who will be at the controls of government, and we are only left to validate their decision due to no choice. ...

High court case answers some questions

Brenda J. Linert

I sometimes hear from readers wanting our newspaper to get involved in their attempts to obtain public records, especially when they believe a public agency is unresponsive to their request. Indeed, journalists generally have more experience at seeking public records. However, I’m not an ...

Engineer’s office deserves credit

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: It would appear that the former engineer is seeking credit for various initiatives implemented under my administration. Ideas relating to salt storage and distribution, truck wash facilities and cooperative purchasing have been a topic for decades at the engineer’s office with ...

Middle class cannot support everyone

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Medicare is for people who worked 30 and 40 years and paid into it. It is the same as paying for any private health insurance. Medicaid is heath insurance for the elderly and low income families who never paid into it, subsidized by the government. Legal and illegal people ...

How did Ohio voter purge error occur?

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The New York Times reported Oct. 14 that Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State, was set to purge 235,000 ineligible voters in Ohio. But he was wrong about 20 percent of them. That’s 40,000 mistakes made. According to the New York Times, it was volunteers who looked into this ...

Compare Democrats in 1960 vs. 2020

Letters to the Editor

I have a question for the Trumbull County Democrats. After watching four of the Democrat debates, I wonder which policies do our Trumbull and Mahoning County Democrats support? 1. Abortion up to and including the ninth month? 2. Giving healthcare to illegals — paid for by taxpayers? 3. ...

Election showcases cast of golden oldies

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I’ll say the 2020 presidential election shall have the most senior candidates ever. Make sure you set your snooze alarm. On this event. It will host Mr. Daddy Warbucks the incumbent president versus a Democratic party of one, convincing his party that he alone is the chosen one ...