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Federal policies put Valley in good stead

September 22, 2014 As the federal government continues to wage its war on coal and the Department of Energy continues to increase natural gas exportation, the Mahoning Valley, Lordstown in particular, is in a good... more »»

State should simplify tax collection

September 21, 2014 We encourage the Ohio Senate to support legislation that would unify the state municipal income tax collections. more »»

End resurgence of ‘Black Lung’

September 20, 2014 No doubt a new report on coal miners' pneumoconiosis — black lung disease —will result in a flurry of recriminations as those on all sides of the issue attempt to place blame for a resurgence in the... more »»

Report card process needs reevaluated

September 19, 2014 Pick a medium-sized to large school in Ohio and give 610 of its students a test. A few will do well and earn A grades. Most will get Bs, Cs and Ds. Some will do so badly they will be given Fs. more »»

Prisons should not take chances

September 18, 2014 Investigators looking into an Ohio prison escape last week should be demanding corrections officials provide a list of extremely dangerous inmates, along with where and under what conditions they ar... more »»

Don’t give in if casino owners seek breaks

September 16, 2014 When Ohio voters finally agreed a few years ago to allow casino gambling in their state, many did so with reservation. more »»

Can’t contain terror, US must destroy it

September 15, 2014 Islamic State terrorists and other bloodthirsty organizations of their ilk will be eliminated as threats to peace only if the United States and other countries go on the offensive against them. more »»

Obama’s tone leaves much to be desired

September 14, 2014 President Obama, usually the fiery orator of hope, delivered his strategy for eliminating the Islamic State's threat to world security Wednesday evening in what was an address that was as important... more »»

Caution helps keep kids away from hot cars

September 12, 2014 So far this year, there have been 26 heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, according to a San Jose State University study that tracks such deaths. more »»

Sen. Brown’s heroin addiction legislation makes good sense

September 11, 2014 If you think the war on drugs has been going well in this part of the country, you have not been reading the newspaper. Drug-related arrests are in the news virtually every day. more »»

A terrorist policy, finally a policy?

September 10, 2014 President Barack Obama was to reveal at least the outline of a policy for dealing with Islamic State terrorists this week. He planned to discuss it Tuesday with congressional leader. more »»

Salt prices have us over winter barrel

September 9, 2014 Salt — plain old sodium chloride — is the key to a critical public service on which area residents depend during the winter months. more »»


September 7, 2014 Thorns to cyber cowards. Specifically those who hide behind the anonymity provided by the gossip/innuendo/rumor dump sites readily available online. We have our share around here, one in particular. more »»

Lawmakers seek decisive action on Islamic State threat

September 5, 2014 Comments Sunday by members of Congress familiar with the threat of terrorism should set off alarm bells in the heads of thoughtful Americans. more »»

Congress must step up to protect Constitution

September 4, 2014 Our nation’s founders disagreed on a multitude of issues about how to govern the United States. But on one thing they put their partisanship aside for the good of future Americans. more »»

Prevent terrorists trom marketing oil

September 3, 2014 Islamic State terrorists are a greater threat than al-Qaida ever was. That is because they possess several advantages al-Qaida never enjoyed. more »»

Obama’s response remains troubling

September 2, 2014 There was a contrast of style in the presidency that was on clear display during the past several days. President Obama, when suspected traitor Bowe Bergdhal was released after the U.S. more »»

Healthier food in schools will benefit our students

September 1, 2014 While some students may miss having french fries that are actually fried and not baked, we think the changes being made to school meals and snacks locally and nationwide are to be commende. more »»

Candidates facing some real issues

August 31, 2014 At least the Ohio Democrats are sending candidates up to run for statewide office with questionable incidents readily revealed during the campaign, instead of coming to light late. more »»

But did Phoenix vets die too soon?

August 30, 2014 It will come as no surprise to those who watch the government closely that the Department of Veterans Affairs has concluded it was not responsible for the deaths of veterans kept waiting for care at... more »»



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