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Editorials

Orchids and onions

Orchids and Onions * ORCHID: To planners creating a pilot program to use a $2.7 million grant to create and implement programs in the Mahoning Valley to establish early intervention programs for families at risk of becoming involved in the child welfare systems. The grant-funded program also ...

Recent fires are reminders: Check detectors

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You may have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before, and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Hint: Checked your smoke and / or carbon monoxide detectors ...

Church must get serious about cleanup

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

We must stop national debt from growing

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Work to make 2020 positive, honest, happy

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Local WVU player shares good advice

You have to love what’s happening to Derek Culver, the Youngstown kid who clearly was headed down the wrong road in life despite being gifted with physical attributes that would allow him to write his own ticket to be ultrasuccessful. Culver now is a 6-foot-10, 225-pound power forward ...

Be cautious of rest stop upgrade costs

Ohioans may wonder a bit about the state’s attempts to better market itself to travelers — more than one online commenter believed the childlike “Ohio: Find it here” signs installed about a year ago were a joke — but the folks in Columbus seem to be truly working on making a better ...

New rules needed for e-cigarettes

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

Don’t become victim of scams during holidays

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To 14-year-old Jacob Latessa Quade of Boardman, who transformed his house into a brilliant Christmas light display for the season. The teen has 98 holiday inflatables and at least 50,000 lights. His inspiration is Clark W. Griswold from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” ...