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Editorials

US Census data needed now, not later

Ohio has seen some success after it sued the U.S. Census Bureau for delaying the release of data needed to redraw political districts and make other governmental decisions. Census Bureau officials now say they will release the data earlier than planned ... but in an “outdated format.” They ...

Ohio lawmakers make right move on student testing

In an unusual show of solidarity, Ohio lawmakers have done something important for the state’s students and teachers, who are still on shaky ground after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will have extra time to take state-mandated tests; and juniors and seniors can ...

YPD must stay on course for body cameras

As longtime proponents of the public-safety value of body cameras worn by law enforcement officers, we eagerly await their arrival and deployment in the Youngstown Police Department. Considering that about two-thirds of the more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in this country now ...

Affordable homes will be part of fight

Ohio is not alone in its need to solve the problem of lack of affordable, quality housing for its residents. But it may now have a national ally in that effort. U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, is leaving her seat in Congress after having been confirmed as the secretary of ...

He is risen! Revel in joy, hope for future

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To the Ohio National Guard for the big lift it gave to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley when it needed it most. Men and women from the guard have been helping the indispensable food bank meet its skyrocketing demand for assistance over the past full year of the COVID-19 ...

Water deal shows promise, but still more needs done

We are glad to see Trumbull County and two local communities have not thrown in the towel on efforts to reduce water rates for about 1,500 water users who pay the second-highest water rates in the state of Ohio. The county had planned to ink a new 20-year contract that would have put an end ...

Astronomer shared great love of space

Space truly is the final frontier, and there is so much we don’t yet know about what’s out there. Our area — and our world, really — lost a phenomenal scientist last week who spent his entire life and every ounce of his passion on not only researching space, but sharing all that ...

Despite new legislation, HB6 still needs to go

We were pleased to see House Bill 128’s passage last week in Columbus, a bill that includes language to repeal parts of the controversial nuclear bailout bill that added fees to all Ohioans’ electric bills. HB 128 passed the Ohio House last Thursday by a vote of 89-0. It passed the Ohio ...

Growth spurt for arts fest holds promise

Growing pains are old hat for the Mahoning Valley’s signature arts and cultural festival. Ever since the Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts had its roots in the Walk on Wick street fair in the early 1980s, growth has been its watchword year after year after year. By ...