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Jack Z. Smith

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Greed at heart of economic nightmare

“Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?” Marcus Tullius Cicero “Honesty is the first

Having options can beat jobless blues

There’s nothing like a brutal recession to reinforce the value of a good education. The U.S.

GOP criticism of Obama’s tax plan is hypocritical

With President Barack Obama proposing to increase the top income tax rates for wealthy Americans,

Obama is determined to leave his mark

Timid, he’s not. President Barack Obama has come out with guns blazing in the first five weeks in

Average rating would be too good for president

The first time I met George W. Bush, and the only time I talked to him one-on-one, was in 1993, the

Bailouts are a check that must be paid

Washington’s enormous, ever-expanding financial bailout effort might indeed prove to be a necessary

Obama, McCain ignoring red-ink reality

As Barack Obama and John McCain make one multibillion-dollar campaign promise after another, they

Americans should ask tough questions

Prior to joining the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1977, I worked for a newspaper in the North Texas

Pickens’ energy plan worth considering

An inept, polarized Congress appears incapable of passing significant energy legislation this year

Time to investigate, regulate oil markets

Nearly eight months ago, when oil was selling for “only” $90 a barrel, I wrote that “something funny

Energy world of the future could be worse than now

Unless America makes some bold moves, the energy world of the future could be even scarier than

Americans are in for a crude awakening

Whither oil? That’s the head-scratching question nagging everyone from beleaguered U.S. airlines

Global auto industry: Let’s play small ball

In baseball, it’s called “small ball” when a team emphasizes speed and strategies such as sacrifice

Today is Tuesday, May 6, the 127th day of 2008. There are 239 days left in the year. On this date in

Today is Tuesday, May 6, the 127th day of 2008. There are 239 days left in the year. On this date in

Johansson is engaged

Johansson is engaged LOS ANGELES — Scarlett Johansson and her boyfriend, Ryan Reynolds, are

Gretta Tornabene, Robert Patrick Jr. to wed in August

X BOARDMAN — Robert Sr. and Mary Patrick, 131 Brainard Drive, announce the engagement of their son,

Austintown man guilty in 3 rapes

The plea deal means the rapist avoids a life prison term. YOUNGSTOWN — The prosecution is

“Dancing with the Stars” (9 p.m., ABC): “Dancing with the Stars” celebrates

“Dancing with the Stars” (9 p.m., ABC): “Dancing with the Stars” celebrates its 100th episode with a

Indy’s back after 19 years

Bringing Indiana Jones back took more than a decade of debate. LOS ANGELES — Marion Ravenwood

Conversation and counseling could cause change

Dear Annie: I am 62 and have been married for three years to “Ken,” who is 68. We’re both retired.

Stephanie Skaggs, Thomas Buck to wed in July

X CORTLAND — Afonda Chojnacki of Cortland is announcing the engagement and upcoming marriage of her

Clinton a clone of ‘pander bear’

WASHINGTON — A year ago last March, the Republican National Committee had fun sending someone in a

Lacey Rosser and Jason Coulter will wed in June rite

X AUSTINTOWN — Keith and Linda Rosser, 685 Purdue Ave., announce the engagement of their daughter,

Summer wedding for Sarah Knebel and Jeri Hull

X Plans are being announced for the upcoming marriage of Sarah Ann Knebel, a daughter of Kevin and

Cobalt restores faith in American autos

It had been 20 years since I bought a car for myself. Six days ago, that long drought ended. I

Trading cheaper gasoline for bad roads is no bargain

Trading cheaper gasoline for bad roads is no bargain Who wouldn’t love a tax cut, any tax cut?

selected stocks

selected stocks STOCK, DIVIDENDCLOSECHANGE Aqua America, .50, 19.18 .09 Avalon

Change in offing for Muslim faith

It’s encouraging to see that not all the talk of change and hope is about getting votes. It is also

Parents announce Jonda-Lamanna wedding plans

X The engagement of Jennifer Dawn Jonda and John Michael Lamanna, both of Richmond, Va., and plans

Agenda Wednesday

Agenda Wednesday Springfield Township trustees, 8 p.m., township administration building, 3475

‘American Idol’ shows slippage

Some fans wonder if the contestants are more committed to fame than to singing. NEW YORK —

REGION

REGION National Fuel Gas increases its prices ERIE, Pa. —National Fuel Gas Distribution Co. has

COLUMBIANA COUNTY Indictments

A Columbiana County grand jury recently indicted these people: Nathaniel J. Barnes, 29, of Neosho

Warships are empty exercises of power

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has announced it is sending a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf.

“I know it’s tough times, and I know you’re having to pay more at the fuel pump

“I know it’s tough times, and I know you’re having to pay more at the fuel pump than you want. But

CRIMESTOPPERS

CRIMESTOPPERS Greater Youngstown A two-year-old homicide is the focus of Crime Stoppers of

Society’s safety net needs mending

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey once asked, “If Social Security is such a great program, why

America’s crude habit is getting costly

HOW HE SEES IT America’s crude habit is getting costly It was almost as startling as if

Take your medicine, America

Three-digit oil has finally arrived. Crude oil prices hit $100 a barrel last week for the first

Congress needs more Blue Dogs

Let’s hear it for the Blue Dogs. That’s the moniker for a fiscally responsible group of Democrats

Congress must address crisis in Social Security

Last Monday, the nation’s first baby boomer, Kathleen Casey-Kirschling of Cherry Hill, N.J, signed

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