Editorials

Changing school takeover system

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...

Recognizing real heroes when they are among us

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord is to be dedicated as a site ...

Remind Kim with whom he is dealing

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets ...

Pump brakes on Lordstown news

Without a doubt, we all would have rather heard news last week that General Motors is reallocating a vehicle to the Lordstown plant and that it would be operating again soon. That, of course, was not the case, and instead it became abundantly clear that GM is not contemplating reopening the ...

Happy Mother’s Day!

A very heartfelt happy Mother's Day along with roses, hugs and smooches for all the good moms out there — from the first-time mothers to elderly moms who realized that being a parent did not end when a child became an adult. Granted, there are many "bad" moms out there. We all know who ...

Clear the backlog in Ohio Medicaid

While it is always tempting for new administrations to throw their predecessors under the bus as problems are discovered, it appears there may be some reason for Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran to be frustrated. There is a backlog of more than 70,000 applications from Ohioans seeking ...

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive could use your help

"Fill a bag. Help feed families." That's what the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been doing for over a quarter century. The 27th drive will be held Saturday. Over the past 26 years, letter carriers have collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food. It is ...

Redrawing the lines for Ohio lawmakers

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

It’s time for release of Ohio State report

It is easy to understand why Ohio State University officials have not yet released a report on their investigation of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, despite the fact it has been a year since his misdeeds came to light. Strauss, who had been a doctor working with some of OSU’s athletic teams, ...

Protecting those who protect us

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Violent Islamic terrorism is a worldwide scourge

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Make Ohio enticing to big businesses too

Ohio state Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, is excited about the record number of new businesses being established in our statemore than 13,700 new filings in March alone. That is part of a long trend of increases in new business filings, for which Obhof hopes to give credit to tax ...

Day of Prayer provides opportunity for reflection

Americans of all faiths will gather today to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Held on the first Thursday of May, the event has been set aside as a day to ask for the help of a higher power for our communities, our states and our nation. The annual event has been held nationally ...

Bipartisanship not dead in Congress

Some political scientists say Congress has become a cesspool of partisan politics. Democrats and Republicans view every issue strictly from their party leaders’ viewpoints, it is said. Constituents’ best interests take a back seat. Not when U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod ...

Warren, Dems offering up the goodies

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

Trump’s attempt to save image did more harm

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

Brown’s comments full of divisiveness

During his visit to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station last week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, was touting the Democratic talking points by blasting away at President Donald Trump’s attempt to find border wall funding. Brown called the president’s latest proposal to redirect federal ...

Earth Day should be a reminder to us all

The year 1970 was eventful. Consider some notable happenings: — President Nixon ordered U.S. forces to cross into neutral Cambodia, which widened the Vietnam War. His decision ignited nationwide riots which led to the Kent State shootings and four dead students and others injured. — A ...

Notre Dame loss so much more than stone, timber

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

Have a very happy and joyous Easter weekend

Good morning and a very glorious and happy Easter weekend to all of you. It is a very special time for sure. We would like to acknowledge the social groups, businesses and churches holding or having already held special events like egg hunts and related activities for children. For ...