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Opinion

Give up masks to those really needing them

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on nonessential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

New ethane cracker plant brings benefits

DEAR EDITOR: As the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Social and Urban research reported, Beaver County’s GDP grew 63 percent in 2018 — driven primarily by the construction of the new cracker plant, which is employing upwards of 6.000 men and women from 15 unions. Numbers like ...

COVID-19 crisis spotlights unlikely leaders

During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has been described as “an unlikely leader,” and has gotten mostly approval from national media for his handling of it. Likewise, DeWine’s counterpart in New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has been receiving rave ...

Rep. Manning remembered for dedication

State Rep. Don Manning was in just his first term in the Ohio Legislature — a public service role he long had sought and loved doing — when his life ended unexpectedly March 20 of an apparent heart attack. Manning, 54, of New Middletown, represented a large part of Mahoning County ...

Why not vote for Bernie Sanders?

DEAR EDITOR: Why would America not vote for Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialist? He campaigns like he wants an intelligent, healthy and working society. He claims health is wealth. He’s for free college and Medicare for all. Trump claims the majority of American workers can afford ...

Don’t OK waivers for liquor licenses for dollar stores

DEAR EDITOR: I disagree with waivers sought to allow sale of alcoholic beverages in four Youngstown-area Family Dollar stores. The “dollar store” is becoming a common feature in urban neighborhoods. Their patrons, who usually live nearby, are often a mother with children in tow, youth, ...

Dem candidates not ready to lead Hooterville

DEAR EDITOR: The other night, I watched the presidential debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders just for curiosity. I’m a Republican and a Trump supporter. I was really entertained. I thought I was watching Laurel and Hardy. I give Biden credit for at least being civil. If these two ...

Sound off!

What a tough month for the Mahoning County GOP. First, at the beginning of month, super volunteer and office manager Connie Kessler passed away. And now super state Rep. Don Manning passes. God bless. They both devoted countless hours to the cause. — Boardman A post Biden-Sanders debate ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To the local Jewish Community Center for seeking and being granted an Emergency Pandemic Child Care license by the state. This allows the center to begin accepting applications for immediate placement of children of parents who still are required to work outside the home during this ...

Equipment deficit shows vulnerability

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our atmosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...