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Opinion

Vaping, like smoking, can be silent killer

DEAR EDITOR: Vaping is the new cool thing to do around here, right? Everyone from young adolescents to older adults are doing it. In fact, it is the complete opposite. Vaping is becoming a major issue here in the United States. It is considered the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor ...

County must intervene in Liberty water issue

DEAR EDITOR: Thank you for your recent article concerning water rates paid to the city of Girard by approximately 1,500 metered users in Liberty Township. Our rate is the second highest in the state of Ohio based on data provided by the Ohio EPA. This rate is a major deterrent to commercial ...

Sound off!

I’m a frustrated longtime YSU football season ticket holder. As we are rapidly declining, President Tressel and athletic director Strollo have tough decisions ahead. Although I called the athletic office six weeks ago, the men’s restroom has the same broken hand dryer, standing water in ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Western Reserve Transit Authority for its plans to use some of the $2 million awarded to it by the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide free transportation for certain populations in a health care initiative. Those to be served include pregnant women, new mothers or ...

Tim Ryan poised for key House role

A recent announcement from a Gary, Ind., congressman that he wouldn’t seek re-election next year could result in a huge benefit to the Mahoning Valley. That Democratic congressman, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, heads the powerful House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee. It’s ...

Recognize World War II’s great heroism

Heroism virtually unimaginable for most of us was commonplace during World War II. Four hundred seventy-two men and women performed deeds so courageous and selfless that they were honored with the Medal of Honor. Just two of those representatives of the Greatest Generation remain among us ...

Symposium will showcase our Valley

It is incredibly exciting that Youngstown and America Makes, a national accelerator for 3-D printing and additive manufacturing, have been selected as the place where the National Football League will seek answers for concussion prevention for its players. Top NFL safety officials, scientists ...

Enforcement tools needed in Tyler’s Law

Ohio lawmakers have taken necessary measures to strengthen safety inspection standards for amusement rides, and the move is important for Buckeye State residents who want to be able to enjoy themselves at our fairs and festivals without the worry of a dangerous malfunction. It should not be the ...

High school football still heating up

High school sports that are continuing this time of year always bring intensity and a greater sense of urgency. That’s the case for three Mahoning County football teams that are continuing into the next round of high school playoffs — Poland, South Range and Springfield. Warren John F. ...

Reprisal must be swift, harsh

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico this week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...