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Opinion

Be cautious of heat stroke, exhaustion

The Mahoning Valley, like many areas of Ohio and western Pennsylvania, has been experiencing the hottest temperatures of the summer during the last several days, with heat indexes that have climbed above 100 this week. The combination of high temperatures and humidity make for dangerous ...

My brief time in the jury pool

I’ve long wanted to serve on a jury, and the idea of being part of secret grand jury proceedings is even more intriguing. But to do it during a health crisis didn’t sound good. So when a letter arrived in late May stating I was chosen for grand jury selection with the Mahoning County ...

Canfield Fair a big loss, but let’s plan for 2021

It will be a sad day come Sept. 2 when the 174th annual Canfield Fair would have been kicking off. The event, of course, has been an end-of-summer staple for hundreds of thousands of people each year, including many expatriates who return home each year to take part in the massive annual ...

US workers score win with USMCA

Martha Newton, Guest columnist The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is now in force. Completing a long-time objective of President Trump, the USMCA changes the dynamic in trade by bringing manufacturing jobs back to America and leveling the playing field for U.S. workers and businesses. ...

Fireworks safety important even after July 4th

Fireworks are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may have been tempted to use them to blow off some steam. Just so long as no one blows off a couple of fingers or puts out ...

COVID should qualify as ‘rainy day’ in Ohio

With fiscal 2020 now history, the task of keeping budgets balanced during the year that began Wednesday begins for local and state government officials. Damage to the economy from COVID-19 — some of it possibly permanent — will make that difficult. At one point, Ohio officials were ...

Consider best ways to replace toppled statues

Civil rights demonstrators this summer have engaged in a new round of tearing down statues of people they see as champions of bigotry. Why not replace them with statues of the heroes and heroines of the civil rights movement? Late last year, people in Montgomery, Alabama erected a statue of ...

Program helps eyes of young athletes

DEAR EDITOR: Our youth sports seasons may have been delayed or postponed altogether since the COVID-19 pandemic, but Superspecs, the only statewide program of its kind in the country, has its eyes set on when life on and off the field is back to normal. Superspecs is a program run by the ...

Make changes to ensure inclusion

DEAR EDITOR: During this time when we celebrate the Fourth of July, I believe it is time for true inclusion of all citizens. Recent events have demonstrated this isn’t always true. We can’t be held responsible for our forefathers’ errors. We shouldn’t forget them, but neither do ...

Rep. Johnson drove division

DEAR EDITOR: On June 26, I dialed in to a town hall hosted by Congressman Bill Johnson, R-6th. I was appalled at what I heard. The majority of the call was focused on (paraphrasing Mr. Johnson’s words) the “radical left-wing looters and rioters” “like Antifa,” who want to ...