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Opinion

When country music pride turned to shame

Pride — in our nation, in our hometown, in our servicemen and servicewomen, or even in our family — has long been the recurring theme in country music. And while love of America and your hometown, not to mention your dog or your pickup truck or your favorite fishing hole, are good and ...

Stimulus funds could assist local charities

DEAR EDITOR: With all the stimulus money being offered, wouldn’t it be good for those of us who don’t need the extra help to donate some or all of it to the organizations that serve the people who do need it? Organizations like the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Second ...

Set goals now for returning to normal

DEAR EDITOR: The greatest failing of our politicians and scientists in this COVID-19 pandemic is the inability (or unwillingness) to provide Americans direct “line-of-sight” to conditions that, when met, will allow us to return to normal. More data has been collected and analyzed than ...

No social distance at N. Lima vaccine site

DEAR EDITOR: My wife went to Mercy Health North Lima for a vaccine shot. I was amazed at the lack of social distancing and no temperatures being taken. I left my wife at the door, then parked the car. I entered the building in search of her. The first-floor people were all masked and ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Cleveland Browns super fan Ray Prisby of Youngstown for his selection for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Ford Hall of Fans in Canton. Prisby’s home stands as a veritable shrine to the team and its Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, jam-packed with ...

First part of GM settlement to bear fruit

The first fruits of a settlement agreement between Ohio and General Motors are starting to come to bloom — as part of job training efforts in the Mahoning Valley. In an agreement struck after the automaker pulled out of Lordstown in 2019, breaking job creation and retention tax credit ...

Ryan’s Senate bid likely to be challenging

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is a virtual guarantee to run for the Senate next year with an announcement expected shortly. The race is a major challenge for Ryan, D-Howland, in a state dominated by Republicans for decades with few exceptions. He could face a primary challenge as other Democrats are ...

Belt-tightening, not pay raises, should be norm

We, like some members of Youngstown City Council and probably many city residents, are wondering what the Youngstown clerk of courts was thinking when she decided to hand out promotions and huge raises to 11 employees — particularly when finances are tight amid a pandemic. Sarah ...

Be mindful of the hazards of winter weather

We’ve been reminded during the past week about the concerns that pop up when the snow begins to fly. And, while we enjoyed a few milder days, this week’s forecast is calling for both snow and single-digit temperatures. That makes it important for drivers to get a grasp on basic winter ...

Plan would help small businesses

Gov. Mike DeWine last week proposed, as part of the state’s two-year budget plan, to spend about $1 billion to help Ohio businesses and communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-time allocation is particularly targeted at helping small businesses in the entertainment and ...