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Opinion

On behalf of President Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For the past three and half years we have heard and read how the Democrats in the House of Representatives have dirt on our elected president, and how dirty and evil he is and deserves to be impeached. The Democrats have nothing that is an impeachable offense of this ...

U.S. should be a good neighbor

Editorials

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Moment worth memorializing

Editorials

It was a quiet moment in baseball history, yet it’s been called the handshake of the century. And now the Mahoning Valley could be home to this symbolic sign of racial equality and respect. A larger-than-life bronze statue will commemorate the inspiring 1946 handshake of Jackie Robinson, ...

Dec. 7, 1941:  A date that lives in infamy

Editorials

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of man. At exactly 7:55 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy struck at Pearl Harbor. And struck hard. The United States' ...

Tis the season to be jolly

Local Columns

Some regional radio stations have been playing Christmas music for a month. A few Christmas trees have been in evidence. Christmas merchandise has been on display since before Halloween. And that seemed to some of us to be jumping the gun a bit. Now, these few days into December, everyone is ...

Learn to avoid the Alzheimer triggers

Local Columns

The changes in mood and personality that accompany Alzheimer’s can be especially devastating for those caring for loved ones with the disease. The physical changes to the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease can lead to intensified feelings of anger and aggression in some people or can ...

U.S. should consider a new asylum policy

Editorials

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Collaboration good for citizens of Ohio

Editorials

Politicians are accused often of being too loyal to their respective party lines to work together effectively. Indeed, it sometimes seems as if officeholders are more interested in protecting their own bureaucratic turf than in efficiency on behalf of the public. But in Ohio, two state ...

What happens to the children?

Local Columns

Our region has recognized the realities of the opioid epidemic, and that it spreads across the country, not just in our area. There has been a lot of discussion about overdose deaths and Naloxone. But how much discussion have you heard about the effects of the opioid epidemic on the children, ...

You can help the mission of the United Way

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thanksgiving is the “kick-off” to a busy season for all of us. Thanksgiving Day is followed by “Black Friday,” “Small Business Saturday,” “Cyber Monday” and “Giving Tuesday” (if there is any cash left). Charities have learned that the month of December ...

A heartfelt thanks on this special day

Editorials

There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...

United States shouldn’t meddle in Iran oil woes

Editorials

In comparison to this country, Iran has some of the lowest gasoline prices in the world, at about 39 cents per gallon. But they are going up to about 50 cents — and stiff rationing is being instituted. Drivers buying more than 13 gallons per week will have to pay twice the minimum. How is ...

Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to fuel rise of China

Local Columns

When U.S. taxpayers send their hard-earned money to the government, they shouldn't worry that it's being used to fuel economic and military growth in China. But that's exactly what's happening today. Every year, more than $150 billion in U.S. taxpayer money goes toward cutting-edge research ...

Stay ahead of the curve, but legally

Editorials

When former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel initiated a program that allowed the state to collect some tax payments via Bitcoin, he touted it as a means to help our state become a leader in embracing new technologies. And it was exciting to think about Ohio being ahead of the curve in technology to ...

Fun, friends, and food safety for the holidays

Local Columns

Can you believe 2019 is winding down? Many of us can remember the fears of Y2K a mere 20 years ago! Halloween is behind us and in less than a week it will be Thanksgiving, the prelude to all of the festivities to be celebrated in December. There will be a lot of sharing of food and fun with ...

Suicide survivors: Day of healing and support

Local Columns

You've noticed some things. Or maybe you haven't but someone else has, and they brought it to your attention. You have never had to deal with such a thing before. It was just a word that you had heard, that you thought only happened in far off places. Nobody you know would ever attempt to take ...

Don’t forget fire safety for the winter season

Editorials

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is reminding Buckeye State residents there is also an increased need for ...

Online teacher right to alert the authorities

Editorials

Teachers are much more than simply conveyors of knowledge. For many students they truly do serve as guardian, parental figures. That instinct does not change, even for teachers whose classrooms are of the virtual variety. And just as teachers in traditional classrooms find themselves ...

Transparency needed with church scandals

Editorials

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore last week. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who is archbishop of the Galveston-Houston diocese, is ending a three-year term as ...