Editorials

Support those who back immigration laws

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

Do we really need to pay more taxes?

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed, we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other information ...

Valuing Ohio high school diplomas

If something does not change, about one-third of the juniors in Ohio public high schools will not be given diplomas when they had hoped in spring of 2018. That is because they will not have complied with all the state’s requirements to graduate. Obviously, something is wrong. The problems ...

Ohio nuclear bailout bill comes with price

Ohio lawmakers should say no to legislation that will give huge tax credits to FirstEnergy so the company can profitably operate its two nuclear power plants, but would interfere with electricity markets. Subsidies to FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants allowed by the bill ...

Depressed vets need ‘suicide hotline’ to answer the phone

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Open some avenues to affordable medicines

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

Roses&Thorns

Lilies — not roses and certainly no thorns on Easter weekend — for all indications that veteran lawman Allen Haueter will become Leetonia's next police chief. He would bring the needed moxie and experience to take on the drug plight in that village. He served county residents for 33 years ...

Gorsuch will interpret Constitution accordingly

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means he ...

Trump’s ‘red line’ means something

It did not take long for our nation’s enemies to learn that when former President Barack Obama warned certain actions would constitute crossing a “red line,” they had nothing about which to worry. “Red line” after “red line” was crossed with no consequences. That no longer is ...

Cutting Ohio drug overdose deaths

Complaints from a small group of Ohioans who say they are chronic pain sufferers and will be negatively affected by the state’s new rules to restrict the prescription of painkillers should be dismissed by Gov. John Kasich and others in Columbus who understand why such rules are absolutely ...

‘War to end all wars’ only the beginning

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting on this date 100 years ago. Just over 100 years ago, on April 6, 1917, the United States declared war ...

Who in their right mind would disagree?

“The images this week out of Syria were horrifying — dozens of men, women, and children were murdered. The use of chemical weapons is illegal under international law, and the use of them cannot be tolerated — anywhere! The Trump Administration is justified in these tactical strikes ...

Some benefits are just unaffordable

Certain expensive government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, often are referred to as “entitlements.” That is because many Americans view them as virtual rights. Unfortunately, the list of entitlements has grown beyond what taxpayers can sustain. This week, we learned ...

Probe allegations over Susan Rice

Susan Rice, who was among former President Barack Obama’s top aides, cannot be trusted. Her attempts to mislead the public over the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, make that clear. So when Rice insists allegations the Obama White House spied on ...

Don’t risk national parks to careless cuts

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Democrats will lose war on Gorsuch pick

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear to have declared the equivalent of political war on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They have vowed to mount a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch. Schumer, D-N.Y., has ...

Trump delivers on his coal promise

President Donald Trump did an enormous service for millions of Americans last week, when he ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill its so-called Clean Power Plan. But the damage already has been done to millions of other families and businesses — along with thousands of miners ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses of red, white and blue for the Salem AMVETS. Members procured 15 U.S. flags from the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson. The flags have been donated to the city for the downtown light poles. It was pointed out that the nylon flags were made in America. Should any U.S. flag be manufactured ...

Tackle Obamacare one piece at a time

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Demand nations’ assurances when fighting famines

We Americans have been blessed. There’s no doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and ...