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Opinion

Help wanted: Motivated poll workers

July 4, 1776, America declared its independence from the British monarchy. Nov. 3, 2020, voters across Ohio and the nation will participate in the very self-governing our founders envisioned 244 years ago. That day a bold and courageous idea about justice, equality and human freedom became ...

Protecting Ohio’s stroke victims

F.A.S.T is an acronym widely used by health organizations and professionals to educate the public on how to identify and get treatment for someone experiencing a stroke. The acronym stands for Facial droop, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 911 and get to a hospital immediately. ...

Mug shots are vital parts of news stories

The San Francisco Police Department announced last week it will stop releasing mug shots of people arrested unless those people pose a threat to the public. The decision comes in an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, police Chief Bill Scott announced. He said the department no ...

‘Youngstown Plan’ experiment is failure

House Bill 70 was an experiment — granted, a very much needed experiment — in search of ways to pull Youngstown City Schools from the state school report card depths. Passed in 2015 and dubbed the “Youngstown Plan,” HB 70 ripped local control from duly elected boards of education and ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Ellwood Aluminum, which recently produced test casts of aluminum rods at its Hubbard Township facility where it hopes to gain a foothold in the aluminum-casting industry. The Pennsylvania-based company is launching an ambitious $72 million undertaking here and now is in the ...

Sound off!

Can we get past HB 70 conversations? Real concerns are helping families with school and getting ready for fall. Some are apprehensive about the pandemic. It’s true there is no accountability to tax-payers, but where is a plan to help students and hold parents accountable? Can the in-fighting ...

Distractions must not take focus from Iran

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country, were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the nuclear ...

Anything less than ‘equal’ is not good enough

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

True meaning of ‘unalienable rights’ revisited

This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is a clear ...

Adventures with Mike Pence

It’s always exciting covering presidential or vice presidential visits, and my time as pool reporter for Mike Pence’s recent stop in the Mahoning Valley fit the bill. I’ve been selected as “pool reporter” about a dozen times and have never been a fan of it. The pool reporter’s ...