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Editorials

Work of three senators helped head off politics

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable for so long to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican ...

‘No-knock’ raids must be abolished

Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have been rethinking their tactics this year, in efforts to prevent tragedies such as the death in March of Louisville, Ky., resident Breonna Taylor. Taylor died during a raid by police investigating illegal drug trafficking — with which she ...

Haaland’s nomination meaningful

At the urging of some to include a Native American in his Cabinet, President-elect Joe Biden has nominated U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, as secretary of the Interior Department. If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, will be the first Native American to ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County for hiring a community support specialist who will help patrons with needs in social service and mental health areas. Jim Young will help people with needs greater than library services; he will link patrons to help with ...

Holidays are over, but financial pain lingers

Another Christmas season is in the history books. This one may deserve its own full chapter. COVID-19 has been hard on most of us to lesser or greater extents. But even as area residents worried about the future, they came through once more for our less fortunate neighbors. Many children and ...

US response to hack must be powerful

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Training is big part of ending police violence

Officers are trained to react within split seconds when responding to unknown situations. That training is supposed to equip them to make good decisions. Despite that, inevitably errors will occur. But they happen way too often, and also too often they involve black victims. The latest tragic ...

Drug companies’ evil practices still coming to light

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued this month explains ...

ODNR officers must be protected in doing their jobs

State agents who enforce hunting laws often have to confront suspects who are carrying guns. Very seldom does that result in violence. It did last week in Ohio’s Clinton County, as state Department of Natural Resources officers were investigating a deer poaching complaint. One of the ...

Local family’s giving ways admirable, inspirational

A meaningful partnership among the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, a local health care facility and the Muransky family continues to do incredible work for the Mahoning Valley and its most needy. The efforts of Chris and Ed Muransky, their family and Southwoods Health, ...