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Opinion

Tim Ryan poised for key House role

A recent announcement from a Gary, Ind., congressman that he wouldn’t seek re-election next year could result in a huge benefit to the Mahoning Valley. That Democratic congressman, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, heads the powerful House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee. It’s ...

Recognize World War II’s great heroism

Heroism virtually unimaginable for most of us was commonplace during World War II. Four hundred seventy-two men and women performed deeds so courageous and selfless that they were honored with the Medal of Honor. Just two of those representatives of the Greatest Generation remain among us ...

Symposium will showcase our Valley

It is incredibly exciting that Youngstown and America Makes, a national accelerator for 3-D printing and additive manufacturing, have been selected as the place where the National Football League will seek answers for concussion prevention for its players. Top NFL safety officials, scientists ...

Enforcement tools needed in Tyler’s Law

Ohio lawmakers have taken necessary measures to strengthen safety inspection standards for amusement rides, and the move is important for Buckeye State residents who want to be able to enjoy themselves at our fairs and festivals without the worry of a dangerous malfunction. It should not be the ...

High school football still heating up

High school sports that are continuing this time of year always bring intensity and a greater sense of urgency. That’s the case for three Mahoning County football teams that are continuing into the next round of high school playoffs — Poland, South Range and Springfield. Warren John F. ...

Reprisal must be swift, harsh

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico this week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Trump rooted in corruption

DEAR EDITOR: I believe the Trump administration is rooted in corruption. Look at all the Trump affiliates in jail — Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. What happened to his promise to only hire the best people? He said he would drain the swamp, but ...

Allow our teachers to carry firearms

DEAR EDITOR: We are fully aware of the growing concern for school safety against shootings. Schools are becoming one of the most targeted areas due to being gun-free zones. No one on the property is allowed to carry a firearm, regardless of their training except the police officer who sits at ...

We must overcome food desert here

DEAR EDITOR: Imagine a city where one could access fresh farm produce wherever they are, regardless of their ability to have transport to go to the stores. Can you imagine how Youngstown would look like, say were there to be less food deserts? Wouldn’t such a community or city be desirable ...

Thank a veteran for dedicated service

DEAR EDITOR: Veterans Day is Monday. Its inception began when fighting ceased on the eleventh hour of Nov. 11, 1918, of World War I, known as the “Great War” and regaled as “the war to end all wars.” Armistice Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson on Jan. 11, 1919. He stated, ...