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Opinion

Trust Ohioans to self-police as state reopens

As operations at Ohio businesses, including restaurants, bars, retailers and now gyms, salons and others are permitted to resume amid a “flattening curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents are eager to get out of the house, albeit with new restrictions. The guidelines spelled out ...

Postal service owes LaRose, voters answers

Don’t you just love bureaucratese, the language used so often by government officials in attempts to put lipstick on the proverbial pig? Ohioans may have a new candidate for the government-speak hall of fame. It is a statement by U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive ...

We must fight this virus, and save the nation

During three-and-a-half years, Americans converted a peacetime economy to become the arsenal of democracy and win World War II. The “greatest generation” accomplished that because it had to be done for the good of all humankind. Now we as a nation face another challenge, of far less ...

Honor fallen in a new way, look ahead

This weekend we mark Memorial Day, the national observance in which we pay homage to those who’ve died in military service to our country. This weekend, as we honor our fallen service men and women, many of us also use the opportunity to remember our deceased loved ones. This year, many of ...

Despite past outcomes, keep on planning

Little did we know when my eldest son, a senior at Youngstown State University, headed off in March to Fort Lauderdale for a last hurrah during spring break with his college friends that it REALLY would be a last hurrah for college. I recall my mother asking in the early days of the ...

Hospitals for rural areas deserve funding

DEAR EDITOR: The COVID-19 crisis has had serious repercussions on all areas of industry, and despite being a health care pandemic, our hospitals are at the forefront of the impact. Hospitals and medical providers all halted nonemergency procedures in order to preserve personal protective ...

Dark money must be kept out of politics

DEAR EDITOR: One person, one vote is a thing of the past. Dark money has changed that. While major players that changed things managed to keep their names out of the news, the only thing we now see is the re-election of President Donald Trump, who has pushed back government policies as we ...

Only desperately sick steal from gravesites

DEAR EDITOR: Memorial Day is the day we honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military. In recognition of those who died and also those who served in the U.S military, flags are placed on their graves. My husband passed last year and did serve in the Army. After his death, I went to ...

Austintown shouldn’t have cut down tree

DEAR EDITOR: This past week, an unnecessary action was taken at the Recycling Center in Austintown. This recycling center is adjacent to the Austintown 9 / 11 Memorial Park on Raccoon Road. Last week, a huge 100-plus-year-old pin oak tree was cut down so that lights could be installed around ...

Greed, ignorance will trigger more deaths

DEAR EDITOR: The president should be setting the example for this country and the world, since this country is supposed to be a ranking superpower and considered the wealthiest country of the industrialized nations. It is one thing to be the strongest and wealthiest, and another thing to be ...