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Opinion

US Census data needed now, not later

Ohio has seen some success after it sued the U.S. Census Bureau for delaying the release of data needed to redraw political districts and make other governmental decisions. Census Bureau officials now say they will release the data earlier than planned ... but in an “outdated format.” They ...

Ohio lawmakers make right move on student testing

In an unusual show of solidarity, Ohio lawmakers have done something important for the state’s students and teachers, who are still on shaky ground after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will have extra time to take state-mandated tests; and juniors and seniors can ...

YPD must stay on course for body cameras

As longtime proponents of the public-safety value of body cameras worn by law enforcement officers, we eagerly await their arrival and deployment in the Youngstown Police Department. Considering that about two-thirds of the more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in this country now ...

Affordable homes will be part of fight

Ohio is not alone in its need to solve the problem of lack of affordable, quality housing for its residents. But it may now have a national ally in that effort. U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, is leaving her seat in Congress after having been confirmed as the secretary of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cheers to Youngstown Health Department

DEAR EDITOR: I am writing to commend the Youngstown City Health District on its COVID-19 vaccine distribution at OCCHA recently. After hearing many complaints from numerous family and friends about other distribution sites, both locally and across the country, with extended waits, ...

It’s time to hit brakes on electric vehicles

DEAR EDITOR: The Vindicator article, “Clean cars; labor lost,” helped support my view on our electric future, but it didn’t delve deep enough. I’ve worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years. I work with those on this business front line, I’m in contact with ...

Be honest with voters about political parties of judges

A bill recently introduced in the Ohio Legislature would add political party affiliation to the names of judicial candidates running for the Supreme Court and courts of appeals. In other words, “(R)” or “(D)” would be listed after the names of judges who had been selected in a ...