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Editorials

Violence, threats have no place in government

Ohioans are accustomed to rough-and-tumble politics — with a firm limit. Violence and threats of it are not allowed. Period. Someone called state Rep. Emilia Sykes, D-Akron, a few days ago, threatening her and her father, state Sen. Vernon Sykes, also D-Akron. Police have not released ...

Unmaintained dams need attention, too

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes last week, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part, because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back some ...

There must be limits to US assistance

Activities such as that which, in recent weeks, embroiled this county and Venezuela in another controversy are nothing new in American history. Though the word “filibustering” is normally confined to politics these days, it had another use during part of the 19th century. Then, it referred ...

Leave no stone unturned in Liberty probe

We, like many in the Mahoning Valley and especially residents of Liberty Township, are wondering how this ever was able to happen. We are speaking, of course, about the allegations of ongoing drug activity at a Liberty Township fire station, the overdose death of a firefighter and then the ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To all the volunteers who came out amid the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure fallen service men and women were honored this past Memorial Day by placing American flags on graves or patriotic wreaths at cemetery entrances throughout the area. Among the volunteers were members of the Iron ...

Make permanent COVID program for older Ohioans

A state program for Ohioans 60 years of age and older ought to outlive the COVID-19 epidemic, even though the outbreak prompted officials to launch it. It is the “Staying Connected” initiative, an automated service by which older Buckeye State residents are contacted by phone once a day ...

East High grad big role model for students

East High School alumnus Ursel McElroy’s constant desire to do more should serve as a wonderful example to all Ohio youth, but especially to minority students in Youngstown. It is that drive that landed McElroy in Columbus as the director of the Ohio Department of Aging. McElroy relayed ...

Demand Taliban must steer clear of terrorism

While we Americans were paying tribute to our fallen heroes during Memorial Day weekend, Muslims here and abroad were marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even in Afghanistan, there was a pause in hostilities between government and Taliban forces. It came as U.S. and Taliban ...

Trust Ohioans to self-police as state reopens

As operations at Ohio businesses, including restaurants, bars, retailers and now gyms, salons and others are permitted to resume amid a “flattening curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents are eager to get out of the house, albeit with new restrictions. The guidelines spelled out ...

Postal service owes LaRose, voters answers

Don’t you just love bureaucratese, the language used so often by government officials in attempts to put lipstick on the proverbial pig? Ohioans may have a new candidate for the government-speak hall of fame. It is a statement by U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive ...