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Editorials

Community colleges deserve more respect

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg, Ohio, college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community ...

Taking school funds won’t solve problem

Punishing underperforming school districts by taking away taxpayer funds will not help solve the problem. In fact, the result could be the very opposite. We believe cutting funding from school districts that are struggling in their academic assessments will only further exacerbate the ...

We must not give in to the Taliban

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

Collaboration, cooperation alive in Ohio

Politicians are accused often of being too loyal to their respective party lines to work together effectively. Indeed, it sometimes seems as if officeholders are more interested in protecting their own bureaucratic turf than in efficiency on behalf of the public. But in Ohio, two state ...

Consider new asylum policy

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Tips for staying warm safely as temps drop

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and fire departments are warning residents there also is an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm is ...

EMS fees could drive up costs of insurance

New fees set to be assessed when out-of-town visitors need emergency service assistance in Youngstown could end up costing more than just the visitor. That’s because the costs to visitors and their insurance companies for using Youngstown emergency services eventually could drive up ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To YSU Penguin football players who demonstrated the meaning of teamwork. Two Penguin offensive linemen on Nov. 23 carried fifth-year senior quarterback Nathan Mays, who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 9, onto the field where he took a snap for the final play of the game. ...

‘Immorality’ doesn’t play into policies

During visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Sunday, Pope Francis pronounced that, “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral.” He added, “As is the possession of atomic weapons.” For many years, the Roman Catholic Church seemed to sanction policies by the United ...

As Americans, we must count our blessings

Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy material wealth that is the envy of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself is a ...