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Editorials

Knowledge of COVID-19 is power

It is likely our awareness of how widespread COVID-19 is in the United States represents only the tip of the iceberg. Until widespread testing kicks in, many among us may be carrying the virus unknowingly. Still, paying attention to what information we do have is important. Self-defense ...

Evil-doers take advantage of COVID-19

Evil never allows a good crisis to go to waste. So it is with the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. Already, U.S. Customs agents have seized a shipment of counterfeit COVID-19 test kits, shipped to Los Angeles International Airport from the United Kingdom. Someone decided to make a killing — both ...

Calm down; dumping stocks is irrational

If the booming stock market during the past couple of years has prompted you to consider whether your 401(k) will permit early retirement, forget it. Stocks, and thus pension funds on which many Americans rely, have taken a beating during the past month. How bad is it? During the past month, ...

Get behind this exciting time in ‘Voltage Valley’

It’s an exciting time for our area — nicknamed by some as “Voltage Valley.” In recent weeks, Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill traveled to Michigan to take part in an event in which General Motors rolled out plans for 13 new electric vehicles in the next five years. The battery cell ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Joyce Kale-Pesta, for her forward thinking that enabled her to obtain 140 bottles of 32-ounce hand sanitizer weeks ago — enough to place two bottles at each of the county’s 70 polling locations. She also has 100 rubber gloves for each ...

Be cautious, aware but also sensible

Five cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, have now been confirmed in Ohio, including one in Warren. Thursday it came to light that five youngsters in Lakeview School District may have been exposed to the virus. They now are quarantined. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is not taking any risks, and has ...

Bill Johnson deserves nod in 6th District

Few public officials are as deserving as U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, of proclaiming that they have earned our votes. Johnson’s record in Congress is one of staying in touch with constituents to know what their concerns are — then acting decisively on them in Washington. Johnson serves ...

Kim regime reckoning will come

It is tempting sometimes to view North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un as the little dictator who cried missile. Unfortunately, he gets away with his saber rattling too often. He did it again earlier this month, ordering his military to fire three short-range rockets off the country’s east ...

Pass law to fix ‘convoluted’ library tax mess

An Ohio Legislative Service Commission attorney says Ohio’s General Assembly “could adopt legislation” to rectify an error that led to owners of 3,300 parcels of land being incorrectly collectively charged $631,000 in Mahoning County library levy payments, but it would be ...

Sex offender deserves the max sentence

Even if he serves the full 42 years in prison that may be imposed for his crimes, Nicholas Cochran could be a threat to society once he is discharged. He is only 28 years old. Cochran, of Lima, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to charges including sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl. A plea ...