Editorials

Presidential visits always hold value

President Donald Trump called off his planned trip to Trumbull County this week, where he had been expected to sign a bill advocating for the coal industry. Trump was expected to fly Thursday aboard Air Force One to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport where he was to sign a bill reversing ...

FAA: Transforming purpose to action

We should all realize — and not ever take for granted especially at breakfast, lunch or dinner time — that agriculture plays a critical role for all of us living in Columbiana and southern Mahoning counties. According to the Farm Journal, Columbiana County has nearly 4,000 farms over an ...

Ban sanctuary cities in Ohio

Assume for a moment that the Ohio Legislature approved, and Gov. John Kasich signed into law, a requirement that no arm of local or state government is to assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in any way. No help with emissions records, no enforcement of state rules linked to federal ...

U.S. must focus on terrorists in Pakistan

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the ...

With time should come the healing

Frequent visitors to our opinion pages are aware of our Letters to the Editor policy. It isn't any different than virtually any other newspaper in the entire country. An important part of that policy is a refusal to publish anonymous letters. We get our share, often during political seasons or ...

Why does DeVos have power to ‘destroy’ public schools, anyway?

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education means the end of public schools as we know them, her critics have charged. There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her. For the first time in history, a tie vote over a Cabinet nominee had to be ...

Presidency is not a reality show

Googling the words “President Trump” on a recent morning resulted in such headline gems as predictions of what happens to the market if “the Trump train derails, “or how the president “could gut America’s consumer watchdog” (both from CNBC), or how Trump playing the role of ...

Statewide bail reform in Ohio being called for

With jails bulging due to the opiate epidemic, county-level officials across the state are calling for the legislature and the Ohio Supreme Court to fix a bail system that is contributing heavily to the overcrowding problem. Both the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio and the Buckeye ...

Begin penalizing sanctuary cities

Here is the definition of a sanctuary city: In the United States, a sanctuary city is a municipality that has adopted a policy of protecting unauthorized immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws and by ensuring that all residents have access to city services, ...

Black History Month offers chance to learn

February is Black History Month. It’s a chance to remind the nation of the advances that have been made. It’s not just about civil rights, but about justice — the justice that comes from deserved recognition. Black History Month’s roots go back to the 1920s, when Dr. Carter G. ...

Kasich budget has some good points

Opposition to some of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposals already appears to virtually preclude their adoption by the General Assembly. His plan to cut income taxes while increasing sales taxes is being criticized by Republicans and Democrats. Let’s not throw the baby out with the ...

Some Senate Dems stand firm not outside

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald Trump’s ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for the Salem Regional Medical Center. One of the biggest gems in our entire region continues to be such a critical component of our landscape. Last week, SRMC unveiled its $6.3 million expanded Endoscopy Unit. It is state-of-the-art and doubles the size of the unit. Besides offering a ...

Don’t be super stupid on Super Bowl Sunday

As the story goes, in 1966 to promote the newly-created championship game between the venerable NFL and upstart AFL, Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt coined the phrase “Super Bowl” — remembering his children playing with a Super Ball toy. Yeah, those things from Wham-O that drove our ...

Today is ‘Unite on National Red Day’

You may notice a predominance of the color red today. That is because today is "Unite on National Wear Red Day." It is sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA), aimed at bringing awareness regarding heart disease and strokes in women. Everyone is encouraged to "Go Red" ...

Keeping the state budget balanced

The budget proposal unveiled by Gov. John Kasich Monday is a balancing act. Yes, that is required, because the state must have a balanced budget. That’s an equilibrium the governor attempts to seek with a combination of tax increases — and expansions — and cuts in spending. But ...

Travel ban welcome if poorly implemented

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

TPP trade deal wasn’t good for Americans

Tmong the first actions President Donald Trump took Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s death ...

Stop blocking the gas pipelines

Among the headlines President Donald Trump made this week was one citing his executive order to clear obstacles standing in the way of the proposed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. That is a good start, many local residents may have reacted. Now, let’s move on to accelerating ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses and best of luck to city council's latest member. Replacing Dave Nestic who did a wonderful job is Christine Mancuso. She was chosen during a 3-2-1 council vote Tuesday. Her application material was initially submitted after a Jan. 6 deadline. However, Council President Bret Apple later ...