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Opinion

Legislators should be the lawmakers

The group pushing for a statewide referendum that could overturn Ohio’s nuclear bailout law says it won’t turn in petitions by Monday’s deadline. That political action committee calling itself Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts had until Monday to turn in 265,774 valid signatures from ...

Be skeptical of all you see on social media

Russian trolls who have been successful — probably beyond their wildest dreams — in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep Facebook ...

Governor’s plan to head off violence

Talk about red flags: Reaction to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposal to reduce violence may be raising a gigantic one in the minds of Buckeye State residents concerned about personal liberties. Among DeWine’s recommendations is that people with severe mental health problems, dependent on ...

Election letter deadline set

Letters from local writers about the upcoming election candidates and issues will be published in this newspaper as space permits on a first-come, first-served basis. Thursday is the deadline for the newspaper to receive letters to the editor about the Nov. 5 general election for publication ...

Report shows opioid cost is overwhelming

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Look beyond GM assembly to new future

While we are pleased to see the work stoppage at General Motors approaching a conclusion, like most residents in the Mahoning Valley, we are saddened and disturbed that the contract also brings a finality to GM’s Lordstown complex. Terms of the tentative four-year agreement reached last ...

Embrace electric car future in the Valley

DEAR EDITOR: The Sept. 29 Tribune article by James Dignan should be taken to heart by everyone in our valley. His suggestion was to embrace any part of electric vehicle production because it is the transportation of the future. My own background has been in the scientific R&D, and I ...

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 ...