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Editorials

Reprisal must be swift, harsh

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico this week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Stay positive as EV future unfolds here

We, like most residents of the Mahoning Valley, had been hopeful that General Motors would return to automaking here in Lordstown after ending production in March of the popular and well-built Chevy Cruze. Sadly, last month it became very clear that wasn’t going to happen when the ...

Racism still plagues US

Just when you think it just may be possible that racism isn’t a problem anymore, the bigots remind us it is. A recent Associated Press story reported two events involving the late Emmett Till. Till was 14 when, in August 1955, he visited relatives in Mississippi. The black boy was born ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Youngstown Board of Education and city Mayor Jamael Tito Brown for reaching an agreement without further contentious and expensive litigation. If approved by a visiting judge, the agreement will allow a temporary restraining order to delay naming a new school board until ...

City wrong to charge for hardships

The purpose of all good government is to provide essential services for its people. And what is more essential than emergency response when it’s needed? What other reason is there in a Republic like ours for local residents or workers of any township or municipality to pay taxes? ...

Trump right to pull out of Paris accord

President Donald Trump is right to seize this opportunity for the United States to pull out of the Paris climate accords. Trump pledged during his campaign for president to remove the United States from the Paris agreement. He has said repeatedly he will do so. About 200 countries signed on ...

Do your civic duty and head to polls today

When you head to the polls today, you won’t see a race for president, statewide issues or even countywide seats. But that doesn’t mean this election isn’t important. In fact, it’s critically important in terms of local control and grassroots government. Sadly, elections ...

Past presidents are teachers, elder statesmen

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Detailed rules needed with NCAA plan

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. Last week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

Mixed reviews on governor’s gun proposal

We are sure Gov. Mike DeWine meant well when he introduced his new gun law proposal on the heels of the mass shooting in Dayton. DeWine unveiled his “Strong Ohio” last month, a proposal that includes a voluntary background check for gun sales between private sellers, would increase ...