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Opinion

Youngstown should repay misspent funds

Youngstown should agree to implement a payment plan to begin repaying nearly $4.42 million improperly spent from three funds. The Ohio Auditor’s Office is calling for such a plan, but Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown continues to refuse to reimburse the money from the city’s general ...

Be on guard against future Weinsteins

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. This week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March 11. ...

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President Trump’s impeachment cost $43,520,000, started by an unverified dossier. Mueller’s investigation was $32,000,000 plus $11,520,000 spent in committee hearings, Judiciary Committee, Rules Committee and in the House indictment. Add Senate trial time. These hard-earned tax dollars ...

Orchids and onions

l ORCHID: To West Branch School District leaders for moving toward difficult — but correct — decisions to find ways to cut costs more than $500,000. The cuts are needed to keep spending in line after the district enrollment dropped by nearly 500 students since 2009-2010 to 1,980 this year. ...

Correct info critical for US Census

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the U.S. ...

Sen. Brown is blunt about Biden

When I asked U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown about the state of the Democratic presidential race, he seemed hesitant to say anything specific about most of the candidates. But that wasn’t the case with former Vice President Joe Biden, who was the front-runner before the primary / caucus season ...

Youth sports assaults are still … assaults

Apparently, sports does not build character among some people. That conclusion ought to follow reports of increasing harassment, sometimes including physical assault, of referees handling youth athletic contests. Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would make assaulting a referee ...

Don’t allow evil to ruin BSA beauty

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the Scouts became victims of the adults they and ...

Pioneer broke barriers of race, gender

Though she lived an incredibly full 101 years, the death of Katherine Johnson came as a bit of a surprise — and with some sadness. Giants like her seem as though they will be with us forever. And Johnson was, truly, an American giant. Despite all the challenges that came with being born a ...

Youngstown agency earns congratulation

At a time when many local charities are struggling to make ends meet — and especially considering the fact that the GM Lordstown plant closed nearly a year ago — the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley found a way not only to meet, but to surpass its campaign goals, the agency ...