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Opinion

We must all help in fight against suicide

We suspect it is no coincidence that the suicide rate in Ohio skyrocketed during the same period of time, 2007-2018, that the drug abuse epidemic was taking off. During that period, the number of suicides increased by 45 percent, according to a new report by the state Department of Health. ...

Dana School event marks holiday season

DEAR EDITOR: Carols and Cocoa has been a YSU Dana School of Music staple in the Mahoning Valley for nearly four decades. It is an inspirational gateway into the Christmas season, and it is fun. This wonderful program, first offered in the hallway at Bliss Hall at YSU with several score of ...

Standardized tests push students to think one way

DEAR EDITOR: Over the past few years, standardized testing has taken over schools. The invasion started slowly, but rapidly increased to where standardized tests are in every subject. This doesn’t even include standardized tests students are required to take and excel on to be accepted into ...

Trump’s 15 minutes on top are just about up

DEAR EDITOR: Prior to the 2016 elections, our doughnut shop band of brothers wanted change in government. Such remarks were given: “Give him a chance; if it doesn’t pan out, select another person in four years. What can it hurt?” At the time, my eyes rolled uncontrollably at such a ...

Think before you vote for president in 2020

DEAR EDITOR: So people are telling the president they must flush 10 to 15 times? I would laugh, except he is supposed to be the president and leader of the free world. I know his hatred for President Obama is deep, but really, isn’t he taking this a bit too far? The world is laughing at ...

Hubbard Township leaders need to show transparency

It’s expensive to run a police department. There’s payroll and benefits for the officers and ancillary staff; there is purchase and upkeep of vehicles, and communication equipment and software. There are rising costs for insurances, office supplies, facility upkeep, utilities — and the ...

Policing for profit doesn’t help safety

DEAR EDITOR: Reading the Tribune Chronicle in November, I noticed Weathersfield is installing fixed speed cameras. The Weathersfield Township police chief was quoted, “With photo enforcement, drivers slow down and the roads become safer.” Nothing is further from the truth! Taking a ...

Big money and big egos equally problematic

Presidential candidates spent a combined $2,495,740,931 in the 2016 race to the White House, according to OpenSecrets.org, a non-partisan, independent, non-profit research group that tracks money spent in U.S. politics. It sounds like a ridiculous amount of money, but incredibly, that’s ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To retired high school choir director Craig Carson who devotes much of his time to directing “Men of Praise,” the inmate choir at Trumbull Correctional Institution in Warren. Carson has volunteered at the prison since 2002. Carson said although some of the inmates in the choir are ...

Sound off!

A news reporter asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she hates President Donald Trump. Her reply indicated that she doesn’t hate anyone because she is Catholic. Was I supposed to believe her because she is a Catholic? I am Catholic, and I think the speaker is a hypocrite. Congressman Tim Ryan is ...