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Opinion

Senators must recuse themselves from trial

DEAR EDITOR: We are about to witness the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, duly elected 45th president of these United States. Two of the senators who will act as jurors in the case have stated emphatically they will support the defendant, and because of their bias they must recuse ...

Rep. Ryan’s energy solutions make sense

DEAR EDITOR: It’s unfortunate U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan still isn’t a Democratic presidential candidate, if only because his energy solutions for ensuring our access to American-made energy while protecting our environment are among the most sensible, realistic and beneficial to working families. ...

Port Clinton police chief fails leadership test

Many questioned the leadership decisions Port Clinton police Chief Rob Hickman made in the days immediately after the Dilly family reported 14-year-old Harley Dilly missing. The chief appeared to lack a sense of urgency, seemingly too confident Harley was a runaway who would come home when he ...

Electoral college is a legitimate system

DEAR EDITOR: My question is: Is it ignorance of or contempt for our Constitution that fuels the movement to abolish the Electoral College? Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.” Some ...

I’m not tougher than the flu, after all

It was one month ago today that I sat on the exam table in my family physician’s office for my annual checkup. Clacking away on the computer keyboard, the doc entered her notes, then paused and glanced up at me. “Do you want a flu shot, today?” she asked. :No,” I responded. “I ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the Boardman High School Spartan Marching Band for winning the Spirit Award and $2,500 from Home Savings Bank for the band’s participation in the Christmas parade in Youngstown. The money will go toward buying much needed new band uniforms. • ORCHID: To KTSDI LLC of New ...

GOP Reps. facing easy primaries

While U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan doesn’t face a primary election opponent, the two other House members who represent portions of the Mahoning Valley do. Without a challenger, Ryan, D-Howland, is assured of winning his party’s primary. It’s safe to say U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and ...

Russian hack likely little to do with US

If you doubt that too many Americans have become preoccupied with President Donald Trump, either favorably or unfavorably, consider a news report this week. It involved Russian computer hackers and Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company. “A cybersecurity company says Russian military ...

Senate owes Americans a complete trial

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by Democrat ...

Healthy folks must consider donating blood

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...