Opinion

Refusing to play by Kim’s rules

Editorials

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to avoid ...

The Misguided and Memorial Day

Local Columns

Ask many U.S. citizens about the meaning of the holiday we celebrate on the last Monday of May each year and you will hear an alarming array of ignorance. They have no clue that we are honoring the 1.2 million Americans that as Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address, gave the last ...

Monitor ‘Marsy’s law’ for flaws then react

Editorials

Compassionate, fair-minded Ohioans voted in droves for “Marsy’s law” last November. Eighty-three percent of voters approved the required amendment to the state constitution. Their goal was to safeguard victims of crime against being victimized again by predators seeking revenge and ...

The STOP Act will keep deadly synthetic opioids out of Ohio

Local Columns

“A toxicology report confirms fentanyl as the cause of death.” We’re seeing this headline way too often in Ohio. Fentanyl —  or synthetic heroin —  is now the top killer in the opioid epidemic. The Columbus area recently reported a 47 percent increase in overdose deaths from ...

NKorean leader crazy to give up his nukes

Editorials

When President Donald Trump returns from a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June — assuming it happens — he will not be able to get off Air Force One waving a piece of paper and proclaiming it represents peace in our time. Unfortunately, that is the reality of the ...

Gun ban wouldn’t have stopped Texas

Editorials

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

Coal opponents overreach in Calif.

Editorials

Oakland, Calif., officials and environmental hardliners apparently were counting on anti-coal hysteria to carry the day for them this week. Fortunately, they ran into a federal judge more concerned with the truth. In 2013, Oakland officials approved construction of a new terminal to load ...

Cheating on CFCs, cheating on carbon

Editorials

You may remember the environmental scare over chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) three decades ago. They were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, we were told. They had to be banned. And so they were, through international agreements beginning in 1987. CFCs were taken out of ...

A state of mind: Victimization

Local Columns

Have you heard someone say, “Nobody can do something to you unless you allow it”? Did you realize that “victimization” is bullying? Victimization is “the action of singling someone out for cruel or unjust treatment.” When you read or watch the news or hang out at social media, you ...

Vets deserve more health care options

Editorials

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health-care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Creating an invisible fence

Local Columns

The United States is being invaded. Not by little men from outer space but by foreign nationals from around the world. Look up the definition of invasion in any dictionary. An incursion by a large number of people, an unwelcome intrusion into another's domain, the incoming or spread of ...

Do you know what today is?

Editorials

Quick now and don't cheat by looking at the calendar. What special day is today? Most of us wouldn't know. But we should. Every American should. Today is Armed Forces Day. It is a day of recognition that often flies under our special days/holidays radar. Especially with the deserved red, white ...

We must keep online schools well regulated

Editorials

After many years in which Ohio’s charter school regulations were a mess, one might suppose state officials would have gotten things straightened out. Alas, no. With the dust still not settled regarding one charter, the online Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, state officials need to be ...

Katyn Massacre must not be covered up

Editorials

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

First lady’s worthy campaign for kids

Editorials

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

US must counter Iran nuclear move

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for the city being in the process of creating an enforcement ordinance with actual teeth to it which will make our city parks PFZs: punk free zones. Citizens shouldn't be reluctant when wanting to take advantage of our parks. Or, actually scared to visit our parks. We have heard that ...

End of life: What happens when you lose a loved one

Local Columns

Adulting is a challenge sometimes, and is particularly difficult when your personal resources are running low or you are proceeding on fumes at the bottom of your reservoir. End of life is difficult. It’s as much about living as the beginning of a life. End of life is a trial as you watch a ...

Haspel deserves fair consideration

Editorials

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the ...