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Fourteen of the 23 grand jury indictments listed in a recent edition of the newspaper were for gun crimes, many of them already felons. There is not a gun problem here. Look at the criminals walking freely around while being the worst examples society has to offer. This isn’t baseball. We should have two strikes, you’re out!

Columbiana

A recent writer encouraged business owners to exercise their Second Amendment rights to protect their businesses. While I support the Second Amendment, I urge you to consult your attorney first. Be sure whatever actions you take are within the laws.

Austintown

Onion to Poland Village council for putting public notice of meetings in the Hometown Journal. What have you got to hide?

Canfield

Significant news out of West Virginia in the new year will be increased fatalities from COVID-19, opioid addiction, environmental pollution and hunting accidents. Also, Joe Manchin’s change of party affiliation to become Republican will be noteworthy as it helped promote all of that

growth.

Canfield

Over 800,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19. It is currently a pandemic of the unvaccinated, the majority of whom are from conservative states. Lawmakers are banning mask mandates. Why? Because the lies and misinformation help political leaders and national news organizations make money. Red counties are 40 percent vaccinated, while blue are 90 percent. Is not wearing a mask really that important? How about the lives of friends and family members? Don’t they care?

Campbell

Now we have an illegal who died attempting to cross into the U.S. Already, we have paid for his medical care. What is next? I say Sen. Joe Manchin for president! Finally, a Democrat with a brain and willing to compromise. He has my vote. Maybe we can unify and get this country back on track and take care of true citizens of this great country who work and don’t constantly have their hand out.

Canfield

“I’m lovin’ it” is probably what Herb Washington is saying after he McDonald’s now that he’s settled a racial discrimination / management lawsuit at his franchise establishments. Maybe now, with millions in his pockets, Mr. Washington can truly assist local, underserved “food deserts” by opening up his own restaurants without corporate restrictions to which a franchisee is beholden. The only shame is whether the fallout from Mr. Washington’s lame claims will adversely affect up-and-coming black entrepreneurs.

Hubbard

Many people blame President Biden for his

one dimensional approach to COVID, our anemic economy with aggressive inflation, open borders, the shut down of the Keystone pipeline, out-of-control crime, the Afghanistan disaster and his inability to communicate coherently. Sadly, he’s doing the best he is capable of doing. I think he actually believes he is doing the “right” things. Unfortunately, these things are “right” for our enemies. My sympathy for Joe is dwarfed by my concern for our culture and country.

Canfield

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“Catastrophic” should not describe a flooded police station, much as that will entail work to clean up, it will most likely be covered by insurance. “Catastrophic” should be used to describe what people who experienced the latest tornadoes went through, suffering from loss of life, homes, jobs and devastation of entire towns. They probably will not have a merry Christmas.

Youngstown

There is a cost-effective solution to the teacher absenteeism in Youngstown. Give teachers’ or employees’ pay to the substitute. We all know sick days and personal days are abused. There is that entitlement again. We can’t afford this unchecked waste.

Columbiana

To the blow-hard gentlemen at the Ursuline championship game. All your bench coaching helped no one but to feed your own ego. No one cared what he had to say the entire game, but we could not shut him up. And after his fanfare at halftime, the other team should “go home — it’s over,” what’s worse is his not sticking around at the end when it truly was over. No team needs fans like you. Stay home.

Newton Township

Canfield City Council endorsed overtime pay for salaried personnel attending council meetings. No other local government pays salaried employees to attend regular meetings. Being salaried, you aren’t paid overtime. Attending meetings is part of the job. It’s said employees can take compensatory time instead of pay. Does that mean these are not full-time jobs? Who works in their place? It is about time Council steps up and eliminates this practice. Taxpayers are footing this unnecessary expenditure.

Canfield

Certain politicians shout about “taking back power.” Excuse me, but in this country you do not “take power,” you are given power by “We the People.” You know, the ones you ignore until election time. Of course with the gerrymandering, voter suppression laws and lies about fraud, I guess “taking power” is the only way you can prevail.

Hubbard

Joe Biden, our president, is almost 80 years old, Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, is almost 80. Anthony Fauci, a leader in the fight against COVID-19, is age 80. Finally, Sen. Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate is almost 80. I sure hope these old folks know what they are doing.

Boardman

Gerrymandering is undemocratic. It draws congressional districts so that minorities or the party not in control are contained in the same district. In our case, Republicans control 80 percent of elected seats, despite the fact Democrats are 45 percent of the state’s voters. This reminds me of South African apartheid, which deprives not only minorities of fair representation but more moderate Americans by electing individuals with extreme views within the ruling party.

Campbell

To business owners concerned about “smash and grabs,” try the Second Amendment. You will be amazed at the results.

Beaver Township

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I’ve never seen so many young men of grit and determination than that of the 2021 Fighting Irish. It has been my pleasure to watch this season unfold and watch these talented and dedicated young people fight for their school and community. My congratulations to all involved with Ursuline High School football. This was a season very well done!

Newton Township

Look back to 2019 at the Canfield school district. Be thankful a tragic shooting did not occur similar to the recent Michigan school shooting. In 2019, the administration downplayed threats and allowed a student to remain in school. All administrators should take threats seriously and should be held accountable when they fail to do their jobs to protect students and staff.

Austintown

Executive privilege is tremendous power rightly vested in only one person at a time — the president. Joe Biden is president and has not extended executive privilege to ignore congressional subpoenas to any member of the previous administration called to testify about the attempted January insurrection. The arguments of Mark Meadows, Kevin McCarthy and other minions of the previous administration for such privilege have no basis and are shams meant only to delay uncovering truth.

Canfield

Kathleen Parker’s Dec. 4 column made a compelling case for travel bans to combat COVID-19; however, her view of events is narrow. And she shows disdain for those who may disagree — “I don’t give a damn,” she writes. Parker conveniently excludes enormous health risks posed by illegal immigrants entering daily, unvaccinated for COVID-19 and other diseases we have conquered. Liberals decide and then search for supporting facts. That’s opposite of those who are critical thinkers, who gather facts and then decide.

Canfield

Star Parker is really confusing in her writings. In her Dec. 9 column, she wants to promote liberty as opposed to democracy. Not too long ago, in trying to defend the Mississippi abortion ban before the US Supreme Court, she forgot about women’s liberty when she supported government control. Star Parker can’t have it both ways. It seems her beliefs go the way the wind is blowing.

Poland

I am the fashion police, and I am revisiting my policies. Let’s define terms: slippers are for indoor use; shoes are for outdoors. Pajama bottoms are for indoor use; pants are for outdoor use. Please desist and stop wearing what is cute and cuddly indoors into the outdoor public. Then, it becomes an eyesore and shows lack of good character. Elevate people.

Austintown

Our country is divided by lies. We need to come together by seeking truth. One way is to follow the money. Many so-called journalists, politicians and websites stoke fear and exaggerate differences. If they ask for money and make a lot of money doing it, like Marjorie Taylor Green or the National Rifle Association, maybe that’s their goal rather than helping. Watch what they do, not what they say. What are they doing with the money? Supporting the wealthy doesn’t usually help.

Campbell

Biden, on day one, shut down the Keystone Pipeline that would help us. Later, Biden approved Russia to build a pipeline. Now, Biden supports the Ukraine over Russia. What vital interest does America have in the Ukraine? And to take on Russia would be worse than the Afghanistan war we couldn’t win. It’ll be another huge waste of money and lives.

Boardman

For some unknown reason, Ohio is considering stopping executions. Ohio officials should apply the sentence way more quickly, and I believe they should include catalytic converter thieves. Nobody would miss them and there would be no repeat offenders.

Columbiana

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I said as Trump rammed through SCOTUS judges that if we believe appointments can be made based solely on their political leanings to change the law of the land, then our system of justice is already lost. Today, SCOTUS appears ready to prove the thumb of a failed president tips the scales of the court away from impartial interpretation of the Constitution and the rights it safeguards. Justice is no longer blind; she’s just giving a tawdry wink.

Canfield

The main reason the abortion law should be overturned is, as many have been saying: Follow the science. Science now knows the fetus is viable at a much younger time.

Boardman

Kathleen Parker’s Nov. 30 opinion piece titled “Does vigilantism signal an end?” lamented the rise of vigilantism. Parker missed the heart of the matter, as most liberals tend to do. Most agree vigilantism is not good for our country! But understand that vigilantism grows with the increasing belief that government cannot be relied upon to protect people and property. Parker rails against armed citizens; not riots, looting and increased lawlessness. Self-defense is a right!

Canfield

We have more in common than we have that’s different. The left and right want good-paying jobs, the best for their kids and for our country. What’s missing is empathy. We need to care for rural people where high gas prices hurt more, and for inner-city kids of single unemployed moms or laid-off factory workers who can’t find jobs. Fixing these problems is not a zero-sum game. Empathy leads to compromise. That resolves problems instead of letting them fester.

Campbell

It’s a wonderful thing that Trumbull County has insurance to cover the cost of window repair to the courthouse. But, let’s consider that the criminal that caused the damage should be liable. Isn’t anyone responsible for their actions anymore?

Columbiana

Joe Biden’s comment that Americans are disgusted and concerned, including himself, about the Rittenhouse verdict is proof positive that he does not consider himself president (small p; no respect) of all Americans, only the BLM / Antifa portion. The mumbling, bumbling Biden, along with much national media, consistently lied about the facts of the case, but thankfully, the jury saw the evidence before making a decision. Shame on our president and those destructive anti-American organizations.

Youngstown

I just read that President Joe Biden is banning entrance to America from eight Southern Africa nations due to a new COVID variant. Will the left claim this is xenophobic, as it did when the previous administration banned entrance from China? My guess is no.

Niles

The Kenosha verdict was a verdict for constitutional rights of self defense and to bear arms. Anarchists wanting to destroy America suffered a setback, thank God. Lessons: We should elect only leaders who staunchly support the rule of law, not rule of racist mobs. When protests become unlawful acts of arson, looting and destruction, leaders must come down hard! Remember this when you vote. Also citizens must oppose changing our democracy into socialism or communism. Only you can save our country!

Warren

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“Sound off!” publishes Saturdays to provide readers with a forum to applaud successes, discuss issues, point out local problems or review events of the day — all in a constructive manner. Preference is given to local issues, but will not include local election issues. Selected “Sound off!” submissions are published. Names are not included, but residential community is.

Limit “Sound off!” comments to 80 words. Submit longer comments as “Letters to the Editor,” a separate forum that publishes Sundays.

Submit via email to soundoff@tribtoday.com; or via the Virtual Newsroom by going to www.vindy.com and clicking “Submit News” and then “Sound off.”

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