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Opinion

Passion behind MLK’s letter still felt today

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, last week stood on the floor of the Senate chamber in our U.S. Capitol to read a lengthy passage from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s letter from Burmingham Jail. Brown was joined U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania; Bill Cassidy, ...

Shuba’s gesture so much more than a handshake

Today, we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the handshake of Youngstown native George Shuba with Jackie Robinson, a defining moment in civil rights and a consequential addition to Mahoning Valley history. Rookie first basemen Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ minor league ...

Ex-county supervisor deserves an apology

DEAR EDITOR: I read the April 8 Tribune Chronicle article about former Trumbull County maintenance supervisor Roy Elza’s comments from the April 7 Trumbull County commissioners’ meeting regarding his retirement. I also listened to the audio of the meeting. In listening to the meeting, ...

GOP is hypocritical in its political maneuvers

DEAR EDITOR: When it comes to questions of executive orders or packing the Supreme Court, the hypocrisy of the GOP and camp follower, columnist Cal Thomas, it’s hard to judge the ability of one versus the other. The GOP, led by Mitch McConnell, refused to even conduct a public hearing ...

Freedom is hard to accept by many people in America

DEAR EDITOR: I’ve spent 40-plus years explaining, providing guidance to clients on many rules and regulations applicable to running a business, specifically applicable to “employer-employee relationship.” Often mandates are confusing, difficult to adhere to, centered on the fact ...

More on FEMA funeral expenses reimbursement

You’ve probably heard by now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering financial funeral and burial assistance for families who lost a loved one to COVID-19. We’ve written a few stories about it, and last week we published an editorial explaining some details. Our ...

Youngstown program is more than summer school

No one likes to go to summer school — including, we are certain, the teachers. But Youngstown City Schools are right to offer a summer education program this year in an attempt to aid students who might have fallen behind while taking classes online during the past year. The Youngstown ...

Sound off!

If I’m correctly reading Friday’s Vindicator article on Youngstown’s misspent money from water, wastewater and environmental sanitation funds for economic development, Mayor Brown says now Youngstown won’t “have to ask the taxpayers to fix those bad habits” from previous ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To the Youngstown State University bowling team for finishing in the Final Four of the NCAA’s National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship. “What a resilient group. I’m so proud of the effort,” YSU bowling coach Doug Kuberski aptly said. The Penguins made an impressive ...

Voting-reform bill due in Ohio

With turnout so very low during nonpresidential years, the state should be doing everything it can to encourage people to vote. Ohio officials need to continue to uphold the integrity of the vote and make sure every valid ballot is counted. The Republican-controlled state Legislature is ...