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Editorials

As things look brighter, don’t let down guard

Slowly we are seeing the light brighten at the end of the tunnel. It was just last week when Gov. Mike DeWine announced limits on sporting and entertainment venue attendance would be relaxed, now permitting 30 percent of the maximum outdoor capacity or 25 percent of maximum indoor spectators ...

Support fish fries, but be cautious

The Lenten season is upon us, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional fish fries are making a comeback. Lent, a 40-day season of prayer and fasting, continues until April 3. This period of reflection and repentance is meant to help Christians prepare to celebrate Christ’s resurrection ...

No time like now to return kids to school

March 1 has come and gone. That was the day the governor was targeting for Ohio schools to get back to in-person learning — at least in some form. We are pleased to see the return-to-school plan outlined by Youngstown City Schools leaders, and even more pleased to see it adjusted again ...

Report COVID-19 data with urgency and with accuracy

Urgency is critical in reporting the number of local COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the number of deaths. Timely reporting of these facts and statistics is critical, but what’s more important is accuracy. In light of a number of reporting errors and omissions by the Ohio ...

Outgoing Niles councilman served city well

Ryan McNaughton has served his city well, and we congratulate him on his new role, as well as the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber on a good hiring decision. McNaughton resigned last week from his council seat to take over as the new vice president for government affairs for the ...

It’s never too late to right an injustice

It’s difficult for each of us to see our own shortcomings. It’s also true we often fail to see or acknowledge the shortcomings of our nation. We are raised to believe — and we do believe — we are a nation built upon principles of fairness, equal rights and opportunities for all, and ...

Macy’s latest to announce Valley growth

All too frequently we hear bad stories about struggles in the retail industry caused by the effects of COVID-19 or online shopping challenges, often triggering job loss or store closures. But not this time. After ruling out competing locations in West Virginia and Illinois, Macy’s ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To organizers working to bring the Robinson-Shuba historic “handshake” statue to downtown Youngstown. The statue’s creation continues to generate national attention. An ESPN film crew is the latest to visit as it puts together a story about the statue intended to commemorate the ...

Focus Capitol riot probes on prevention

Missed intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That’s what officials in charge of security are reporting. This week, officials have pointed a lot of fingers at various federal agencies ...

After 26 years, lakes deal still haunts Girard

It’s been 26 years since the city of Girard purchased the Upper and Lower Lakes with pie-in-the-sky dreams of creating a city-run water service for its 12,000 residents. The bad decision and the subsequent problems resulting from the purchase still haunt the city. Sadly, taxpayers still ...