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Editorials

Fixing USPS problems must be a priority

Told in school that a really, really big test was coming up and that passing it was critical not just to you but also to your entire school, you’d probably do all you could to be prepared. Were you told that no expense would be spared in providing resources for you to prepare for the exam ...

Be watchful of foreign election interference

If last week’s announcement that Russian and Iranian operatives are using technology once again to influence U.S. politics came as a surprise, you clearly have not been paying attention. That makes you preferred prey, by the way. We were warned in advance of the 2016 election of how the ...

Simply ‘following science’ not always key

We’ve been urged to “follow the science” so many times during the past eight months that we suspect many people are growing sick of the advice. Besides, what if the scientists aren’t following the science? Some of them are not. Americans became justifiably suspicious of the World ...

Gains should keep his seat as Mahoning prosecutor

We have little doubt that Marty Desmond, the attorney hoping to win his former boss’ Mahoning County prosecutor’s post, is focused and smart. Desmond, 46, a Republican from Poland, showed great attention to detail and preparedness when he spoke with us about his candidacy, relaying what ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To retired staff Sgt. Joseph R. Calabria, 81, of Austintown, a decorated Marine Corps and Vietnam War veteran, honored last week with a Silver Star Award during the 21st annual Ohio Military Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Austintown. He already possesses three Purple Hearts and now ...

Kokrak win shows that persistence, hard work pay off

How exciting it is for the Mahoning Valley to be able to call one of our own a PGA champion. We couldn’t be prouder of Warren John F. Kennedy High School graduate Jason Kokrak, who earlier this week claimed the CJ Cup title at Shadow Creek Golf Course in North Las Vegas. In doing so, ...

Sound off!

An “Onion” last week said no one was hurt in a Youngstown fire. But people were hurt. West Side residents lost another shop. All grocery stores have left Mahoning Avenue. People have no real shopping store. Now a child is accused of setting a fire, yet no one is being held responsible. One ...

Time is now to discuss vaccine distribution

We Americans, collectively, were not ready for the coronavirus epidemic. We ought to be ready for the recovery. We are pleased to see local boards of health already are reviewing guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, in preparation for anticipated ...

Action needed to correct Ohio State wrongs

When an institution has a decades-long pattern of covering up or failing to acknowledge abuse by one of its own, it is necessary for both the well-being of the victims and of that institution to do everything possible to set the situation right. We see the degree to which institutions ...

Don’t use virus as way to fund unrelated projects

It is doubtful the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., would have foreseen a time when a bit of sarcasm attributed to him would become obsolete. Sometime during the 1960s, it is said, Dirksen warned against apathy regarding the national debt by commenting, “A billion here and a billion ...