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Opinion

Kudos for scrapped plans to shut down military magazine

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the 20th ...

Guard against web posts planned to cause discord

No informed high official in our government disputes that Russia is doing its best to influence the 2020 election, not by hacking into computers and altering vote totals but by sowing dissension among us. In case you hadn’t noticed, that strategy worked very well in 2016 and has since. ...

Don’t accept ever-growing national debt as new normal

Members of Congress and the White House had no realistic option but to approve about $3 trillion in emergency spending to battle COVID-19’s devastating impact on the economy. Even more federal money may have to be appropriated for the purpose. But last week, we were reminded of another ...

Slaps on wrist do nothing to head off future corruption

Light sentences handed down in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the latest incidence of public corruption are, once again, an insult to the taxpayers who must rely on city leaders to represent them well. Sadly, slaps on the wrist have been the trend in ongoing cases of Mahoning Valley ...

Edit inaccuracies from readers’ letters

DEAR EDITOR: The Sept. 6 letters to the editor section in your publication has me struggling to understand your methodology for editing. Shouldn’t facts still have a role in opinions expressed? Under the headline, “Leave our history alone,” the writer said, “All the African-Americans ...

Portman’s legislation to boost businesses

Portman’s legislation to boost businesses DEAR EDITOR: Many Ohio businesses and their employees have been hit hard by COVID-19 social-distancing measures. Workplaces have closed, people have been furloughed, and small businesses across our state are hurting. As we slowly continue to reverse ...

President’s track record is lacking

DEAR EDITOR: An Aug. 24 letter from a reader critiquing syndicated columnist George Will revealed more about President Trump’s apologists than any error by Mr. Will. In his letter, the writer used “accomplishment” in one or another forms to praise Trump at least three times in as many ...

Player provides inspiration during pandemic

It’s depressing to acknowledge that it’s been nearly a year since I last attended a professional sporting event. My son and I took in a division rivalry Monday Night Football game at Heinz Field — Steelers vs. the Bengals — Sept. 30, 2019. Steelers won, 27-3. Not bad, I guess, for my ...

Education stories should help, not hurt

DEAR EDITOR: I am writing to express my displeasure with the front page article last week, “City schools: New plan, old debate,” authored by Raymond L. Smith. The present story of Youngstown City Schools is being written by Justin Jennings, CEO, and not Mr. Jimma McWilson. Any ...

Niles, neighbors must come to table for talks

It appears Niles officials are making good on their threats to attempt to annex land from Weathersfield into the city. While we generally have used this space to promote regionalization efforts that can lead to efficiencies in government operations and spending for the good of the entire ...