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Editorials

Stop vaping at least until we know more

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 ...

Orchids and onions

• Orchid: To organizers in Austintown, Vienna and Bazetta for coordinating again this year an annual remembrance ceremony of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So many children weren’t even alive when the attacks happened that we must continue to honor the heroes and all those who lost their lives ...

New Phelps walkway to be welcomed

lans to turn a section of Phelps Street in downtown Youngstown between West Federal and West Commerce streets into a unique downtown pedestrian mall by July 2020 should be welcomed as a wonderful improvement to the city’s downtown. Other parts of Phelps also are set to be widened with ...

Recall how Americans stand united

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States 18 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not ...

Not sure if you are registered? It’s easy to check

Tens of thousands of people on Ohio voter registration rolls should not be there. Some have changed addresses. Others have died. Some may not have cast ballots in many years. Getting those names off the registration lists is an important aspect of election security. Last week, a federal judge ...

All endangered species deserve to be protected

Apparently, if you are rich enough, you can slaughter endangered species until your bloodlust is sated. Among animals the federal government deems worthy of protection is the black rhinoceros. Only about 5,500 of them remain alive in the wild. Namibia is home to nearly half that number, and ...

Give close watch to NY online decision

Attorneys general in 49 states — including ours — may want to take a look at a big payout from the Google YouTube online service. Google has been fined $136 million by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it harvested personal data about children without seeking their parents’ ...

Updating is necessary for terrorist watch list

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

Some change will do you good

Change isn’t often easy — and at 52, I haven’t been a fan of it for several years. But sometimes when change is thrust upon you, you find yourself wondering why you were concerned. That was the position I found myself in a couple of months ago when The Vindicator suddenly ann-ounced ...

Voter roll purge dispute all about politics

I was a little girl growing up in southwestern Pennsylvania when I recall hearing some aunts and uncles in my large extended family engaging in discussion about an upcoming election at that time. Some in my family were not regular voters, and I recall them chatting about the chance that ...