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Opinion

Quiet primary in Mahoning

There are some intriguing primaries in Trumbull County and, incredibly, no primaries for any Mahoning County executive or judicial branch position. This is the first time this has happened in Mahoning in likely decades. Republicans rarely have primaries in the county as the party often ...

Until there are answers, keep Max jet grounded

Commercial aircraft production is a high-stakes business in more ways than one. Federal regulators should stick to their position of emphasizing one of those stakes — lives. Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliners have been grounded throughout the world since March, when two of the craft crashed ...

We must all help in fight against suicide

We suspect it is no coincidence that the suicide rate in Ohio skyrocketed during the same period of time, 2007-2018, that the drug abuse epidemic was taking off. During that period, the number of suicides increased by 45 percent, according to a new report by the state Department of Health. ...

Dana School event marks holiday season

DEAR EDITOR: Carols and Cocoa has been a YSU Dana School of Music staple in the Mahoning Valley for nearly four decades. It is an inspirational gateway into the Christmas season, and it is fun. This wonderful program, first offered in the hallway at Bliss Hall at YSU with several score of ...

Standardized tests push students to think one way

DEAR EDITOR: Over the past few years, standardized testing has taken over schools. The invasion started slowly, but rapidly increased to where standardized tests are in every subject. This doesn’t even include standardized tests students are required to take and excel on to be accepted into ...

Trump’s 15 minutes on top are just about up

DEAR EDITOR: Prior to the 2016 elections, our doughnut shop band of brothers wanted change in government. Such remarks were given: “Give him a chance; if it doesn’t pan out, select another person in four years. What can it hurt?” At the time, my eyes rolled uncontrollably at such a ...

Think before you vote for president in 2020

DEAR EDITOR: So people are telling the president they must flush 10 to 15 times? I would laugh, except he is supposed to be the president and leader of the free world. I know his hatred for President Obama is deep, but really, isn’t he taking this a bit too far? The world is laughing at ...

Hubbard Township leaders need to show transparency

It’s expensive to run a police department. There’s payroll and benefits for the officers and ancillary staff; there is purchase and upkeep of vehicles, and communication equipment and software. There are rising costs for insurances, office supplies, facility upkeep, utilities — and the ...

Policing for profit doesn’t help safety

DEAR EDITOR: Reading the Tribune Chronicle in November, I noticed Weathersfield is installing fixed speed cameras. The Weathersfield Township police chief was quoted, “With photo enforcement, drivers slow down and the roads become safer.” Nothing is further from the truth! Taking a ...

Big money and big egos equally problematic

Presidential candidates spent a combined $2,495,740,931 in the 2016 race to the White House, according to OpenSecrets.org, a non-partisan, independent, non-profit research group that tracks money spent in U.S. politics. It sounds like a ridiculous amount of money, but incredibly, that’s ...