Opinion

Pigs didn’t deserve nightmare

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: How sad it was to read about the truckload of innocent pigs being in a horrible accident. Those poor, helpless creatures had to endure yet another nightmare on the way to their deaths. How horrible it must have been for them to have been crammed in cages on top of one another ...

Ohio’s death penalty

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Once again, the state of Ohio is dragging its feet in implementing the death penalty. In a recent 2-1 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found the use of the drug Midazolam “unconstitutional.” Kevin Werner, executive director of Ohioans To Stop ...

Solution to execution drug problem

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: You may recall the TV series “Colombo” with Peter Falk playing the detective. He had a habit of saying “Just one more thing,” and then asking a question. So, with the state of Ohio always seeming to have a hard time getting drugs for execution, and the fact that we have ...

Trump passes the buck

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: “The buck stops here!” That’s what President Truman said, and it was echoed by the following presidents until now. Now we have Donald Trump, a man who will throw the blame on everyone else except himself. The failing of “Trumpcare” was first blamed on the Democrats ...

Stop federal budget cuts

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The White House is proposing drastic cuts to global development programs in our national budget. This would be disastrous. Currently, millions of kids are able to go to school and get vital medical treatment because of anti-poverty programs supported by the U.S. government. ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Mahoning Valley Sanitary District board members who changed their tune about paying Operations Manager Anthony Vigorito, who is under indictment, while he’s on leave. The board amended the decision to make Vigorito’s leave unpaid. If he is not working while his case is being ...

Proceed carefully on Ohio rules for medical marijuana

Editorials

If you are interested in growing marijuana legally in Ohio, now is the time to apply for permission. Rules for cultivators under the state’s medicinal marijuana law have been released. Opinions on the regulations are mixed. Some advocates of medicinal marijuana say the permissible number of ...

Is Big Brother still watching?

Editorials

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of Congress ...

School start times, student rest warrant another look

Editorials

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

Perfect storm makes Bristol fire levy necessary

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Our town is in a tough spot right now because the perfect storm has been building and is about to hit. We have a fire truck that is 29 years old and a fire engine that is 19 years old. We have taken good care of them. They look great, but the frames are rusting, water tanks are ...

Auditor choice: maintain or challenge the status quo

Editorials

Democratic voters in Warren will choose next week between incumbent city Auditor Vince Flask, who carries significant experience in city government, and political newcomer Valdeoso Patterson, who possesses an equal amount of experience in accounting and finance, coupled by an accounting degree. ...

Property values not affected by new schools

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I am one of the outspoken old people in Fowler Township who has been voting no for the new school bond issues wanted by our board of education and boosters. I am on a fixed income and watch every dime. We have noticed an extreme decrease in enrollment to our school district ...

No should mean no on Mathews schools issue

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: This will be the fifth time the Mathews school bond issue is on the ballot, only, this time it feels strange; I have seen zero “vote yes” signs for the Mathews school bond issue. During the first four tries I saw hundreds of “vote yes” signs in yards and “vote yes” ...

MacPherson, Novak get nod in Warren council races

Editorials

5TH WARD: Warren 5th Ward Council candidate Ken MacPherson thinks officials in city government probably loath the possibility of him winning the seat being vacated by short-term councilwoman Danielle Polivka. “They see me as this sort of creative disrupter and that I am going to make them ...

We can’t afford Mathews bond issue

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Here we go again. Mathews voters have turned down a new school complex three times because we cannot afford it. How many times do the voters have to say “no” before Superintendent Lew Lowery and the school board accept it. They must think they can wear us down and we will ...

Strong schools heart of strong community

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: On May 2, residents of the Cardinal Local Schools will decide a levy that would provide critical funding for district operations. Without it, the district faces an $1.8 million deficit next year and fiscal emergency status. The 5.5. mill operating levy, which appears on the ...

Celebration of Earth Day 2017 continues today

Editorials

Saturday marked the annual observance of Earth Day, focusing on environmental quality throughout the world. In that context, Americans have much about which to be proud. Are there environmental challenges yet to be addressed? Of course. Many “brownfields,” industrial sites contaminated ...

Facts offer glimpse into American taxation, deficit

Editorials

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed, we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other information ...

Holding Niles mayor accountable

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: At Wednesday’s Niles fiscal commission meeting I asked the mayor about three spending issues: Why the administration spent $30,000 on Chamber of Commerce services? Why were separate safety and service director positions created, costing $12,000 more annually? Why the ...

Hiring epitomizes public’s frustration

Editorials

Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith recently hired an assistant for his assistant, epitomizing why taxpayers become frustrated with government officials. Smith last month hired Steve Gerberry at $19.71 per hour to fill a newly created role as deputy administrative assistant. He serves under ...