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Editorials

Be cautious of heat stroke, exhaustion

The Mahoning Valley, like many areas of Ohio and western Pennsylvania, has been experiencing the hottest temperatures of the summer during the last several days, with heat indexes that have climbed above 100 this week. The combination of high temperatures and humidity make for dangerous ...

Canfield Fair a big loss, but let’s plan for 2021

It will be a sad day come Sept. 2 when the 174th annual Canfield Fair would have been kicking off. The event, of course, has been an end-of-summer staple for hundreds of thousands of people each year, including many expatriates who return home each year to take part in the massive annual ...

Fireworks safety important even after July 4th

Fireworks are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may have been tempted to use them to blow off some steam. Just so long as no one blows off a couple of fingers or puts out ...

COVID should qualify as ‘rainy day’ in Ohio

With fiscal 2020 now history, the task of keeping budgets balanced during the year that began Wednesday begins for local and state government officials. Damage to the economy from COVID-19 — some of it possibly permanent — will make that difficult. At one point, Ohio officials were ...

Consider best ways to replace toppled statues

Civil rights demonstrators this summer have engaged in a new round of tearing down statues of people they see as champions of bigotry. Why not replace them with statues of the heroes and heroines of the civil rights movement? Late last year, people in Montgomery, Alabama erected a statue of ...

‘Youngstown Plan’ experiment is failure

House Bill 70 was an experiment — granted, a very much needed experiment — in search of ways to pull Youngstown City Schools from the state school report card depths. Passed in 2015 and dubbed the “Youngstown Plan,” HB 70 ripped local control from duly elected boards of education and ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Ellwood Aluminum, which recently produced test casts of aluminum rods at its Hubbard Township facility where it hopes to gain a foothold in the aluminum-casting industry. The Pennsylvania-based company is launching an ambitious $72 million undertaking here and now is in the ...

Anything less than ‘equal’ is not good enough

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

Distractions must not take focus from Iran

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country, were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the nuclear ...

Sound off!

Can we get past HB 70 conversations? Real concerns are helping families with school and getting ready for fall. Some are apprehensive about the pandemic. It’s true there is no accountability to tax-payers, but where is a plan to help students and hold parents accountable? Can the in-fighting ...