Opinion

Ensure hospitals don’t do more harm

Editorials

Officials at Mount Carmel Health System near Columbus appear to be working hard to correct the problems that made possible the deaths of at least 25 people due to excessive doses of painkillers, for which only one person — William Husel — is facing charges. At least 23 other employees ...

Ensure Ohio schools work

Editorials

Giving local officials as much control as possible over public schools normally is the best policy. Education bureaucrats in state capitals simply are not familiar enough with local needs to handle the job well. But what if local officials are doing a terrible job? Is it fair to children to ...

Victims, Americans deserve some answers

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Aid rural Ohio school districts

Editorials

Among disagreements holding up adoption of a two-year budget for Ohio state government is one that could affect public schools in our area. Legislators were to have submitted a new budget proposal to Gov. Mike DeWine by June 30. When that deadline could not be met, an interim spending plan to ...

Availability: Drug abuse thriving in Appalachia

Local Columns

“Heroin and opioids contributed to ‘significant increase’ of workplace overdose deaths: NIOSH.” “Working Toward Recovery: Ohio Town Fights Addiction With Focus on Economy” “The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.” “Drug Abuse ...

Support Mexican effort to keep out illegals

Editorials

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Women’s soccer team opens equal pay doors

Editorials

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...

Church officials not above the law

Editorials

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Wonderful news for saving the elephants

Editorials

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

Changes could boost substance abuse care

Editorials

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Witness to domestic violence

Local Columns

Domestic violence usually happens where there are no witnesses. But occasionally you might see something as it unfolds, like Tess did. She tried to write it off as a hot, humid summer day that brought out heat-related short tempers. But that didn’t feel right to her. Tess parked her car at ...

Wellsville leadership moving in the right direction

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I sincerely believe Wellsville Mayor Nancy Murray, Fiscal Officer Hoi Wah Black and the other elected officials, all the village department heads and employees deserve "a job well done" for turning around the fiscal emergency plight the village was in. The ongoing financial ...

Open your eyes and heart

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Bought a book yesterday at Sam’s. Have not read in quite a while — my eyes were too bad. It was awesome cracking open a fresh novel. The first few chapters have left me ashamed. Ashamed that we as intelligent, supposedly kind, caring, wise, Christian people are allowing ...

How does the government give everything for free?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Democrats are promising something free to everybody. Free college, free health care. You don't even have to work, we'll send you a check. What nonsense! The government only makes money by printing it, or taxes, unless Obama gives you $150 billion. So, nobody has to work, ...

Making second chance easier

Editorials

An arrest record, even for a non-violent offense, can be enough to keep a job applicant on the rolls of the unemployed. Ohio lawmakers are now considering a change that would help some of those folks continue to move forward. A bill passed by the House of Representatives and under ...

US election integrity is of utmost importance

Editorials

Oh, no, county-level election officials in Ohio may be thinking. Not another mandate from Columbus. Indeed there is one — and it is of critical importance. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county boards of elections to upgrade security against cyberattacks. Knowledge of the ...

‘Happy birthday’ rings throughout our nation

Editorials

"The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God ...

GUEST COLUMN: Bring people together this Independence Day

Local Columns

As any grocer knows particularly well, the days leading up to the Fourth of July are filled with excitement and anticipation of the festivities to come. In our store, we see it as an opportunity to help make sure the people in our community have everything they need to partake in the family ...

Fighting resurgence of meth and cocaine

Local Columns

Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that’s been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June of 2017 to June of 2018, we saw 21 percent drop in overdose deaths, the highest percentage decrease in the nation for the most recent time period for ...

Fighting resurgence of meth and cocaine

Local Columns

Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that’s been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June of 2017 to June of 2018, we saw 21 percent drop in overdose deaths, the highest percentage decrease in the nation for the most recent time period for ...