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Opinion

Follow lead set by YSU’s president

DEAR EDITOR: YSU President Jim Tressel’s guest column on Thursday contained volumes of truth. He urges our area to embrace the opportunities offered to us. He made one strikingly true statement after another. “Success breeds success,” was simple but totally correct. What he avoided ...

Building on wetlands brings lasting issues

DEAR EDITOR: There has been some conversation these past months regarding Cafaro Company’s proposed medical complex, Enterprise Park, to be located on forest and wetland habitat along Mosquito Creek in Howland Township. To the dismay of environmentalists, Ohio EPA and the Army Corps of ...

Congress must hunt ‘witch’ to find truth

DEAR EDITOR: Reader(s) who would call the impeachment inquiry a “witch hunt” should know this: President Trump has given our representatives in Congress no choice. Any citizen who cares about justice, fairness, truth and democracy and any member of Congress who has taken an oath to ...

Bill’s passage will help change lives

DEAR EDITOR: Flying HIGH, Inc., a professioinal development center in Youngstown, acknowledges U.S. Sen. Rob Portman for his leadership in introducing the bipartisan ED ACCESS Act, a bill that will change the lives of millions of U.S. citizens previously incarcerated for felony drug charges. ...

Permit CCW for security at YSU

DEAR EDITOR: Threats to public safety on educational institutions are more prevalent than ever with mass shootings continuing to rise even though various laws have been passed to help address the epidemic. The safety of students is of the utmost importance a board of trustees must consider, so ...

Truth, inclusiveness focus of Sheen lecture

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Like many Hollywood actors Martin Sheen has been known to speak his mind on political issues of the day. Honestly, it’s just not something I usually want to hear from people I look to for simple entertainment. Let’s face it, I spend all day, every day ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To officials at Canfield High School who sought and received a “Connect for Success Grant” from Mobile Beacon to provide internet access and laptops for students who need additional time to complete homework in school or at home. The grant provides 25 laptops and 25 mobile ...

Sex crimes must not be swept away

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. She ...

We must take charge of our future

I have had the honor to experience both the thrill of the process to bring national football championships to YSU and Ohio State and now participating in the academic and economic development of our Valley. These truly are magical times. However, it concerns me that the conversation of the ...

Don’t promote opioids despite alternatives

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...