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Editorials

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Canfield City and its police department for paying tribute to this year’s class of 2020 by placing “Canfield Seniors 2020” decals on their cruisers. “This is just the police and city’s way of saying, ‘Sorry, but we know you’re resilient and you’re going to kick ...

YSU is correct to skip testing for admissions

Youngstown State University’s decision to permit next year’s applicants to seek admissions to the university without first taking an ACT or SAT is the correct thing to do right now. Restrictions in recent months imposed on high school students and all Americans because of the COVID-19 ...

School leader’s sacrifice should be an example

Liberty Local School District Superintendent Joseph Nohra this week took an extraordinary and selfless step to help secure financial stability of his school district. Nohra will reduce his annual salary by $30,000 for the 2020-21 school year in an effort to avoid cutting school programs or ...

Superintendent hiring process must be open

Operators of the Ohio company hired to search for a new Canfield Local Schools superintendent were incorrect when they publicly stated they were under no obligation to release information about the people who applied for the job. The Canfield Board of Education is paying CF Educational ...

US should reinstate ship’s commander

Capt. Brett Crozier should be reinstated to his command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top brass are recommending. His removal raises questions about what triggered it in the first place — and whether the military did an acceptable job of protecting servicemen ...

Keep taxpayers off hook of public pension woes

Within a month, Congress and President Donald Trump have increased the national debt by more than 10 percent by enacting about $2.7 trillion in bailouts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. American families, businesses, hospitals and local and state governments are among the beneficiaries. That ...

Time running out to return election ballot

Ohio’s primary election, postponed until April 28 because of the COVID-19 epidemic, will be historic. It will be the first in memory that most votes will have been submitted by mail. Election Day has been set for Tuesday — but the in-person voting to which most people are accustomed will ...

Youngstown cuts are right move, but more is needed

Youngstown, like all local communities, most certainly will be seeing significant loss of tax revenue and other financial problems triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to see the city taking steps to begin curtailing spending by seeking voluntary furloughs. This is a good place ...

Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and to Youngstown native Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. The two were appointed this week by Gov. Mike DeWine to participate in a newly created minority health strike task force that will focus on why novel coronavirus ...

DeWine right to keep schools closed for now

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is eager to get the state’s economy moving again, in a measured manner. He has cautioned there may be setbacks in the effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading. On Monday, he took a giant step to avoid that: DeWine announced public schools in Ohio will remain closed for ...