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My praise and admiration go to Joseph Nohra for taking a reduction in his salary and for declining to accept a salary increase previously, and for giving back his mileage expense reimbursement. Jim Tressel is also commended for reducing his salary by 15 percent and nonunion employees will ...

Top candidates for House seat

While 15 candidates sought to replace Don Manning as the Ohio House 59th District representative, four likely will receive serious consideration. Based on conversations I’ve had with those involved in the process, the top four candidates appear to be: • Joseph P. Alessi of North Lima, a ...

Virus should not have rushed Canfield board’s selection

Members of the Canfield Board of Education might have thought they were doing the right thing when, in light of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, they quickly acted to fill a board vacancy by choosing from among candidates they already had interviewed for a previous board opening. The problem ...

‘New normal’ cannot mean a closed economy

Finally, after weeks of forced shutdowns amid a worldwide health crisis, retail establishments and other businesses began reopening this week in deliberate progression. Retailers inside the Eastwood Mall Complex and Southern Park Mall opened Tuesday with new health guidelines. Likewise, ...

Fed aid must not plug non-COVID budget shortfalls

Ohioans received very bad news about the state government budget on Tuesday. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, state revenue for the fiscal year to date has been nearly $750 million below what had been expected, Gov. Mike DeWine reported. Kudos to DeWine and legislators, however, for spending ...

Expand mobile hotspots to aid underserved

Remember bookmobiles? If you are of a certain age, you may. They were the large vans many libraries used to employ to serve residents of rural areas. More widespread access to personal vehicles and, of course, limited funds prompted the abandonment of many mobile libraries — but the idea may ...

Drug Costs Act needed to lower prices in US

DEAR EDITOR: For decades, the prices for prescription drugs in this country have risen far faster than inflation, making the price for drugs in the USA the highest in the world. Pharmaceutical corporations again welcomed in the new year with price increases on more than 250 of the ...

Virus makes us realize entertainment options in Valley

DEAR EDITOR: “There’s nothing to do around here!” Over the years, have we not all heard that a time or two? That particular statement has always made me chuckle. In the Mahoning Valley, I would put our leisure activity options per capita up against anywhere in the state. From the ...

Socialism could work in the United States

DEAR EDITOR: Socialism is much in the news; accusations leveled at some Democrats that their proposals are socialistic (i.e. Medicare for All, Free College, Student Debt Relief and the Green New Deal). There is fear we might tumble into the socialistic pit. That’s silly, so let me say ...

All roads still lead to the Mahoning Valley

For as long as I can remember, we’ve had a light-hearted saying in our newsroom: “All roads lead to the Mahoning Valley.” It originated because reporters and editors here always have marveled at how every big national news story seems to have some amazing connection to our Valley. ...