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Editorials

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee of Mahoning County that hosted this week’s MLK Day program, themed “Remembering What is Civil and Doing What is Right.” The three-hour gathering examined ways to address and tackle ongoing racism in today’s society ...

Sound off

Nancy Pelosi stated emphatically that impeachment of our duly elected president is a solemn affair and should be treated appropriately. Following the signing of the partisan official document, Pelosi distributed pens to commemorate the event; body language and souvenirs were hypocritical. Doubt ...

Crackdown displays the right attitude

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Lies about recycling must end

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Politics should not bring about physical assault

On occasion, politics in our nation becomes an exercise in confrontation. Harsh words are exchanged. Voices are raised. But most of the time, people who disagree keep their distance, recognizing that the First Amendment is no excuse for violence. Last week, a judge in Cincinnati sentenced a ...

Demand swift action to fix Ohio Medicaid

A private business making mistakes on half the payments it makes would fail quickly. Your own household budget would not stand up to that sort of abuse for very long. Yet Ohio’s Medicaid system, providing health insurance for more than 2.9 million low-income and disabled people, is prone to ...

Posthumous Navy honor is well deserved

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

Legislature should pass cellphone law

Using a cellphone while driving, except with a hands-free device, already is a crime in Ohio. But drivers can be ticketed for it only if police or deputies spot them doing something else that is illegal. Since 2013, 305 people have died in Ohio accidents caused by “distracted driving,” ...

Port Clinton police chief fails leadership test

Many questioned the leadership decisions Port Clinton police Chief Rob Hickman made in the days immediately after the Dilly family reported 14-year-old Harley Dilly missing. The chief appeared to lack a sense of urgency, seemingly too confident Harley was a runaway who would come home when he ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Boardman High School Spartan Marching Band for winning the Spirit Award and $2,500 from Home Savings Bank for the band’s participation in the Christmas parade in Youngstown. The money will go toward buying much needed new band uniforms. • ORCHID: To KTSDI LLC of New ...