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Editorials

Kudos for scrapped plans to shut down military magazine

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the 20th ...

Guard against web posts planned to cause discord

No informed high official in our government disputes that Russia is doing its best to influence the 2020 election, not by hacking into computers and altering vote totals but by sowing dissension among us. In case you hadn’t noticed, that strategy worked very well in 2016 and has since. ...

Don’t accept ever-growing national debt as new normal

Members of Congress and the White House had no realistic option but to approve about $3 trillion in emergency spending to battle COVID-19’s devastating impact on the economy. Even more federal money may have to be appropriated for the purpose. But last week, we were reminded of another ...

Slaps on wrist do nothing to head off future corruption

Light sentences handed down in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the latest incidence of public corruption are, once again, an insult to the taxpayers who must rely on city leaders to represent them well. Sadly, slaps on the wrist have been the trend in ongoing cases of Mahoning Valley ...

Niles, neighbors must come to table for talks

It appears Niles officials are making good on their threats to attempt to annex land from Weathersfield into the city. While we generally have used this space to promote regionalization efforts that can lead to efficiencies in government operations and spending for the good of the entire ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To Doug Genna, Youngstown State University associate professor of chemistry, and Mariah DeFuria, a 2017 YSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, for their design of a newly patented material that could assist in the process of removing pharmaceuticals increasingly found in ...

Have compassion in collection demand of compensation error

About 48,000 Ohioans who received more unemployment benefits than they were entitled to may have to repay the money, state officials say. Often in such cases, overpayments result from claimants failing to report money they received while collecting benefits. Where flagrant, substantial abuse ...

Sound off!

I expected none of the three involved in the Youngstown corruption case would receive prison time. That’s how it’s been here for too many years. I agree with council members who said Bozanich’s one-year term is insufficient. However, I take issue with Samantha Turner using the “race ...

We must always guard against all types of enemies

A generation of young Americans have been reminded brutally of the price we pay for letting down our guard against murderous enemies. Nineteen years ago today, on Sept. 11, 2001, the foes were terrorists based abroad, who massacred 2,997 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and on an ...

Remember bright parts of Raymond’s life

So many times over the past 35 years we have written heart-wrenching stories about the horrors of Raymond Fife’s death and the ongoing legal battles involving ever-recurring court appeals and delays in the execution of his convicted killer Danny Lee Hill. Raymond Fife, of course, was the ...