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Opinion

An independent voter’s perspective on DC riot

DEAR EDITOR: Do Americans remember the old Wild West movies where the bad guys made themselves both judge and jury? I don’t see any difference between the mob that attacked the Capitol and the victims “turned mob” who want to be both judge and jury (excluding those who died). But ...

Hiding with speed camera ‘not police work’

I had a conversation with a reader recently who called my office to discuss a government issue that’s been bothering him. Readers often call our newsroom to vent, sometimes because they know — based on the position we have taken on our opinion page — that they are in friendly territory ...

Sound off!

A recent Vindicator editorial touted benefits of a two-party system. I would like to propose a no-party system. We need candidates at every level of government to run solely on their qualifications, experience, record, goals and commitment to the common good, not whether they’re R or D. ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To the hundreds of people, local and nationwide, who dug into their pockets to help a 24-year-old local mother arrested last week in Liberty after she left her two young children alone for several hours in a hotel room while she went to work. A Gofundme account has generated more than ...

COVID-19 miscount is alarming state failure

Everyone makes mistakes, but some are a lot bigger than others. One of the biggest happened when the Ohio Department of Health recently admitted it failed to report more than 1 in every 4 Ohio COVID-19 deaths. What makes this issue even more alarming is the discovery that the ODH assigned a ...

State should limit water surcharges

About 1,500 water customers who live or do business in Liberty Township are getting caught in the middle of a legal — and political — issue that is driving up the cost of their drinking water significantly due to laws that allow unlimited surcharges to be tacked onto the utility. The fees ...

Uphold trade ruling on EV battery plant

Last week’s U.S. International Trade Commission decision could have far-reaching benefits for the local battery-cell plant being built in Lordstown because it effectively scales back some of the competition for the electric vehicle batteries that will be manufactured here. Indeed, business ...

Limited choices are detrimental to democracy

Choice is what makes America great. That’s why we are so pleased to see that Youngstown voters will have choices when they head to the polls this year to cast ballots in the Youngstown mayoral race. Certified last week by the Mahoning County Board of Elections were incumbent Mayor Jamael ...

Don’t forget about pets out in cold

We all find the snow and icy conditions being forecast for this week hard to bear. But that coupled with the bitter cold is especially hard on our pets. Experts will tell you when the weather outside is too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your domesticated animals. As temperatures ...

Despite some shortfalls, we’re making progress

The number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations have been on the decline in the Mahoning Valley and across Ohio. Vaccinations are being distributed more briskly, pharmaceutical companies are continuing to perfect new vaccine options and, hopefully, the economy will follow with an ...