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Opinion

Trump inquiry is another witch hunt

DEAR EDITOR: Here we go again with yet another witch hunt to get President Trump. A so-called whistleblower went to Adam Schiff’s aides and said he or she had the goods from a phone call President Trump had with the president of the Ukraine. The Schiff crew wrote up the complaint and got ...

Absences should limit trustee’s criticisms

DEAR EDITOR: Liberty Township Trustee Arnie Clebone asked me in September for input on improving landscape beds on Belmont Avenue at I-80. As founder and principal owner of Colonial Gardens, I was happy to offer my professional opinion. After examining the beds’ state of disrepair, I ...

Plan would remedy flower bed’s appearance

DEAR EDITOR: Statements made in a Sept. 29 letter to the editor that were critical of my concern for the landscaping on the Belmont Interstate 80 interchange need to be corrected. The letter writer contends that the landscaping has been maintained for years by the Liberty in Bloom ...

Why I’m supporting Buttigieg for president

DEAR EDITOR: As an attorney and former legislator, I find the best approach to be work first, but fight when you have to. That’s the kind of leader I want in the Oval Office. And that’s why I’m supporting Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president of the United States. I met Pete in 2017, but ...

Columnist must learn about climate change

DEAR EDITOR: In his Sept. 26 syndicated column titled “Teenagers believe they know all,” Cal Thomas berates 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who called out world leaders at the United Nations for their collective inaction toward fighting climate change. He questions her credibility because ...

Big money wants to reverse legislation

DEAR EDITOR: I have seen and heard countless ads. People have stopped me on the street and tried to get me to sign a petition that I really did not know much about. I figured it was time to look into House Bill 6. I try to be an informed citizen, but not many people can follow every move of ...

Education can combat plague of fake news

I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion last week about the future of local news coverage in the Mahoning Valley. This important discussion was coordinated by the Youngstown Press Club and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and included this newspaper, ...

Hyperloop could bring new options

Is it an amazing way to create new regionalization and improved economic development? Or is it nothing but a pie-in-the-sky waste of money? No one can say for sure yet, but we think the possibility of a northeast Ohio “hyperloop” — a high-speed passenger and / or cargo train — is ...

Judge faces criticism for compassion

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

No need to farm to join Farm Bureau

Do you know what Farm Bureau is? Have you ever considered becoming a Farm Bureau member? You might say, “I’m not a farmer so I can’t be a member” or “There is no need for me to be a member.” If you are interested in local foods, protecting agriculture and preserving Ohio’s ...