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Letters to the Editor

GOP voting views are un-American

DEAR EDITOR: We can all agree that honesty is a good quality for human beings to have. We might further agree that honesty would be a particularly refreshing quality to find in our politicians. So just imagine what it would be like if Republicans were somehow magically infected with an ...

Anti-protest bills could bring bias

DEAR EDITOR: There is little media coverage of Senate Bills 16 and 41 and House Bill 22, which harshly criminalize Ohioans’ freedom to protest. SB 16 creates penalties related to harm, intimidation or obstruction of a police officer, while also criminalizing blocking traffic during a ...

With Frenchko as commissioner, we got a ‘red herring’

DEAR EDITOR: I am tiring of Trumbull County Commissioner Niki Frenchko referring to our Italian-American elected officials as the “Good Old Boys.” Which elected officials does she mean? Is she referring to Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa or Auditor Adrian Biviano? Or maybe our ...

Sound off!

The news shows large convention sites sprawling with distanced chairs and sanitizing stations. Not our experience on Belmont. Packed shoulder to shoulder in waiting room chairs, admonished by staff only for holding open the set of double glass doors because this was “fire code violation.” ...

Not getting help fighting city blight

DEAR EDITOR: I am a resident of the northeast side of Youngstown. Over the last 10 years or so, my neighbors and I have been at war over properties surrounding our street, which have been allowed to become run down, trash dumps and code violators. We have attempted to contact city council ...

Stop naming places after politicians

DEAR EDITOR: Naming public lakes, buildings, roads etc. after politicians, including judges (whether appointed at the federal level or elected by voters) should end. After all, if a certain name is attached to a public facility, others who are similarly “qualified” are slighted. The ...

Park name should not be ‘Trump’

DEAR EDITOR: I was very interested to see that a certain state representative wants to change the name of the park (which is a wonderful facility, by the way) to honor former President Donald J. Trump. In his presentation, he stated that it was in honor of “all the things he has done ...

Unite because our city is under seige

DEAR EDITOR: The first 90 days of 2021 have been a turbulent one for Dodge City (Youngstown). Six homicides already this year, the mayor and chief of police are calling for calm and moving to take guns off the street. This is the wrong direction. Take the people who pull the ...

Ohio official is wrong to limit ballot drop boxes

DEAR EDITOR: Most Ohioans believe that for democracy to work, it must include all of us — no matter our race, background or county where we live. That is what Americans have stood up and fought for since our country’s founding. Unfortunately, here in the Buckeye State we have watched ...

Recognize your own white privilege

DEAR EDITOR: The police spokesperson describing the murderer of six Asian-American women and eight individuals in total sent an alarming and despicable message by minimizing the brutality. Describing this crime as a person having a “very bad day” and giving credence to the ...