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Champion Cleanup Day was such a great success! Thanks for not canceling it due to the virus! — Champion We like going to local parks to watch the boaters and wildlife, and just read the newspaper and books. Eventually you need to go to the bathroom and for the most part, they are all ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To the organizers and more than 1,000 participants of the “We Matter” rally in downtown Warren to protest the senseless killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. The group was able to express its collective frustration and outrage over the treatment of ...

More projects you can do yourself at home

Community Columnists

In last week’s column we talked about easy do-it-yourself projects you can easily pull off for under $300. Well, here are two more that are simple and economical. Project No. 1 Add garage storage — Shopping for garage storage solutions is definitely a kid-in-the-candy-store experience. ...

We should learn from educational response to COVID

COVID-19

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was canceled. There is evidence many ...

Independents draw controversy

David Skolnick

For most independent candidates, getting on the ballot largely consists of two things: getting enough valid signatures and not voting in the partisan primary held after they file. But in the Mahoning Valley things are rarely simple, and there’s a case in each of Trumbull and Mahoning ...

First responders deserve salutes, too

Editorials

Hospital personnel such as nurses and doctors, ambulance crews and other full-time health care professionals are viewed by many Americans as the front-line heroines and heroes of the COVID-19 outbreak. A recent episode reminds us first responders such as police officers and firefighters are ...

‘We Matter’ protest shows strong message

Editorials

The “We Matter” movement presented a powerful message of peace in Warren on Monday evening. And we are happy to commend the more than 1,000 participants in the demonstration as they strongly presented their pleas for justice and fairness as part of a nationwide response to the senseless ...

Unmaintained dams need attention, too

Editorials

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes last week, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part, because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back some ...

There must be limits to US assistance

Editorials

Activities such as that which, in recent weeks, embroiled this county and Venezuela in another controversy are nothing new in American history. Though the word “filibustering” is normally confined to politics these days, it had another use during part of the 19th century. Then, it referred ...

Be respectful of others as we navigate virus

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: It goes without saying that the past few months have been difficult on all of us. The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic have required all of us to make personal sacrifices and adjustments in our family, work and social lives in the best interests of public health. In ...

Leave no stone unturned in Liberty probe

Editorials

We, like many in the Mahoning Valley and especially residents of Liberty Township, are wondering how this ever was able to happen. We are speaking, of course, about the allegations of ongoing drug activity at a Liberty Township fire station, the overdose death of a firefighter and then the ...

Black or white, let’s be on the same team

Community Columnists

There are no easy answers to racism. But we know from experience that racist attitudes weaken when white and black people have opportunities to be on the same team. When we’re on the same team, we’re united to win together, even if individual team members happen to vary in race, age, ...

All societies come with rules and limits

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I am so tired of hearing protesters say their rights are being taken away. Does the temporary inconvenience of wearing a mask really take away your freedom? Compare your petty complaint to the sacrifice health care workers have to deal with every day. Those who won’t follow the ...

Let governors handle COVID in their states

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: There is so much criticism out there, but no one comes up with a better plan than the one they are criticizing. There are the demonstrators with their signs saying they want to get back to work. What good is it to get back to work if you don’t live to spend the ...

Pelosi keeps playing political games

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The Congress passed a stimulus package and gave $1,200 to each American. However, if they would not have given the Kennedy Center and Planned Parenthood millions of dollars, they could have given Americans much more than $1,200 and would not have had to vote on another ...

Democrats show double standard

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The #METOO movement is now dead. According to Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden says he did not commit sexual assault in 1993, and the woman accusing him, Tara Reade, is lying, even though her story is on record and was told by four other people. It is documented on the news, ...

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Letters to the Editor

My wife and I just returned from dining out for the first time. During the hour we were in the restaurant, only the staff and we wore face masks. Not one person coming in or leaving the restaurant wore a face mask. So much for having respect for others. — Warren As a taxpayer in Warren, I ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To all the volunteers who came out amid the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure fallen servicemen and -women were honored this past Memorial Day by placing American flags on graves or patriotic wreaths at cemetery entrances throughout the area. In Trumbull County, the Memorial Day ...

Easy do-it-yourself projects for under $300

Community Columnists

Just another weekend? Not if you take advantage of these three easy projects you can easily pull off for under $300. Most of the cost of these DIY weekend projects is in the materials. The labor — that’s you — is free. All you need now are the hours. But, hey, you’ve got two full ...

Make permanent COVID program for older Ohioans

Editorials

A state program for Ohioans 60 years of age and older ought to outlive the COVID-19 epidemic, even though the outbreak prompted officials to launch it. It is the “Staying Connected” initiative, an automated service by which older Buckeye State residents are contacted by phone once per day ...