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Ohio communities saved from costly plan

Local Columns

Many Americans have already forgotten about the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama administration's signature effort to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. But not the nation's coal communities. They've lived with this regulation as an ever-present threat even after its ...

Attack reminder we must be alert

Editorials

It was a year ago to the day that the attacks by terrorists in Belgium were followed upon by an attack on tourists and the Parliament in London. The attacks have become decidedly low-tech. The terrorist in the United Kingdom used a truck and a knife, mowing down pedestrians and stabbing an ...

Trump, Congress should keep trying

Editorials

Liberals who favor government control of the nation’s health care system reacted with glee to last week’s failure of a reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare never even came up for a vote. It was obvious that had the yeas and ...

Needed: Good role models for youth

Local Columns

Melba and Reggie occasionally talk about things without getting angry with each other. But sometimes Melba’s patience wears thin. That man just seemed to have a special way of yanking on her rip cord. “All of our kids are grown up now. I don’t have to grow up,” Reggie ...

Help Ohio students understand ‘fake news’

Editorials

Students at some schools in our area benefit from discussions, usually on the spur of the moment in classes on history or civics, about what has come to be referred to as “fake news.” A few school districts understand that helping young people navigate the ever-changing world of “the ...

Constitution only should decide cases

Editorials

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. Constitution. If ...

Unemployment rate far from whole story

Editorials

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Gorsuch offers plain language view of law

Editorials

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...

EPA’s Great Lakes program worthwhile

Editorials

Around here, a vote on “most disliked federal agency” would be no contest. The Environmental Protection Agency would win, hands down. Much of what the EPA does is necessary, however. The agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative falls into that category. Many Ohioans are well aware ...

Get bureaucrats out of American schools

Editorials

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best thing ...

Editorials

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

With spring comes weather awareness

Editorials

Maybe — just maybe — we are through with snow. After all, today is the first day of spring. And, yes, Punxsutawney Phil, got it right last month. Does it seem he always does? Heck, baseball season will be opening soon and golfers are getting itchy. Enough with the snow and cold! The ...

Looking at nutrition and your well being

Local Columns

March is National Healthy Nutrition Month. Good nutrition is important to your physical and mental well being for everyone. Della wanted to lose weight and keep it off. She didn’t want to “diet.” She decided it would require “a lifestyle change.” She set her goals and stayed true to ...

Counter terrorism waste

Editorials

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...

The tale of two controversies

Local Columns

Over the past several years two substantive controversies have dominated the political discourse in this country. No, I am not talking about transgender bathrooms, Russian election hacking, or a plethora of other B.S. minutia that the lame stream media have fixated on and which are all ...

GUEST COLUMN: Connecting students with needed job skills

Local Columns

There are more than 100,000 jobs available in Ohio right now. And yet there are more than 280,000 Ohioans who are out of work. One important reason is because employers are looking for skills they can’t find. This mismatch—often called the “skills gap”—is holding back our economy ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Sharing insight during National 4-H Week To the editor: In honor of National 4-H Week the Columbiana County Teen Council would like to share some 4-H history. Did you know, the 4-H program was founded in 1902 by A.B Graham in Clark County, Ohio? The first 4-H Club was known as "The ...

Protecting children tops college football

Editorials

Had two former Penn State University officials done the right thing, some children might have been spared the ongoing pain of having been sexually abused. Apparently, the university’s football program was more important to the two. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, 67, and ...

Pelosi’s criticism is just like deja vu

Editorials

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ripped a Republican proposal to replace Obamacare not long after the bill’s contents were released this week. Americans don’t know enough about the bill, Pelosi insisted. Why, “without a (Congressional Budget Office) score ...

Newspapers shine light on government

Editorials

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...