Editorials

Islamic terror groups must be totally destroyed

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed more than 300 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were ...

Lawmakers must find way to go after deadbeat parents

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Yet another rescue from recklessness

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to hear ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses of sympathy for the Cleveland Indians. Losing three straight postseason closing games each of the past two seasons — the finale at home each time — isn't a fluke. It's a habit. Kind of knocks the gleam off a 102-win season and historic 22-game winning streak, doesn't it? Gee, do you ...

Johnson’s bill would help locals get fed land money

One reason many Americans are upset with how federal lands are administered in Washington is that when there is money to be made from them, little or none of it goes to local communities. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is aimed at changing that. Johnson has introduced the ...

Intelligence must not fall victim to bureaucracy

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said recently that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

Clean up your act, Hollywood

Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings of the rest of us. Meanwhile, they inhabit an incredibly sordid culture, the likes of which would not be tolerated in other businesses. Revelations about entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to tumble out in a steady ...

Time to be less liberal with student loans

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

Congress should extend CHIP for kids

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

ECOT still trying escape accountability

With all the issues over which Democrats and Republicans should be doing battle in Ohio, it is a puzzle why some have chosen to focus on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. There is no good reason for any disagreement about ECOT. ECOT is an entirely online institution which is among charter ...

‘Gun toters’ risked all to save others

A CBS television network attorney, Hayley Getfman-Gold, had this to say, via social media, about the massacre at a country-western music concert in Las Vegas: “I’m actually not even sympathetic (because) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” CBS promptly and properly ...

Massacre rumors only distract from truth

Already, the rumor mill is grinding out an assortment of allegations regarding the horrific massacre in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Among the most troubling — and, unfortunately, easy to accept — is that the mass murderer, Stephan Paddock, did not act alone. Firing from a 32rd floor hotel ...

Once again, why would anyone massacre dozens?

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of the nation's newspapers tells the story: Nearly ...

OU goes too far with speech policy

Freedom of speech, guaranteed to Americans, is one thing. Using it as an excuse to trample other rights — or even, as is seen with upsetting frequency, to strangle the free speech rights of those with whom one disagrees — is quite another. Ohio University officials deserve praise for ...

Alter Obamacare a little at a time

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally this week, ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for honest sales associates, clerks and cashiers. That is, all the many of those who upon finding personal property belonging to a customer that was lost or misplaced — like cash lost in a shopping basket by a certain (blush) editor — do the right gesture by putting it away until ...

Vote ‘yes’ for the passage of Issue 1

Voters often struggle when it comes to the ballot. They can be torn between supporting a certain candidate or issue. That is understandable. We have all wrestled with such decisions. That shouldn't be the case with one particular vote that you will cast. Voters in Ohio will face a ...

Living better often means living longer

We are all acutely aware — especially those of us well entrenched into our advancing years — that it's not just about life itself but about quality of life. None of us have control over unforeseen events that can happen to any of us health-wise. Dreadful things can happen regardless of ...

China’s new oil limits won’t stop NKorea’s military machine

China’s announcement Saturday that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

Rebuild Puerto Rico but maintain oversight

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...