Editorials

Condemning differing views creates barrier to good government

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Health care will taint other issues

“Obamacare,” formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal ...

Talks with N. Korea would help but must seek real solutions

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Law enforcement must put lid on violent protests

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Don’t blame police for Charlottesville death

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Kim’s nuclear threats risk millions of lives

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Need ideas to fight opioid addiction

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. If there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s ...

Taxpayers pick up tab for sports cars

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Don’t be scammed over unclaimed funds

The adage “don’t trust strangers” certainly applies here. We recently received an alert that we gladly would like to pass along. According to the report, the Division of Unclaimed Funds is warning Ohioans about a website claiming a fee must be paid to have their missing money returned. ...

Rethink how thrill rides are inspected

Apparently undetected by anyone, rust had been eating away at the inside of a steel support beam on the Fire Ball ride erected at the Ohio State Fair last month. By July 26, the rust had done its deadly work. A young man was killed and seven other people were hurt when the Fire Ball flew ...

Poor vetting of Ryan’s staffers brings concerns

US. Rep. Tim Ryan’s office should have more properly vetted its shared information technology, or IT, staffers before welcoming the workers already being used by other Democratic members of Congress. Former Ryan staffer Hina Alvi is named in a criminal complaint against her husband, Imran ...

Avoid withholding crime-fighting aid

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to withhold ...

Still plenty of work to clean up VA swamp

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate last week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for reports we have had throughout the summer regarding the lack of the punk factor at our city parks, especially Centennial Park. Last summer the foul language, disrespect for authority and criminal behavior kept citizens away from our parks. It was a big issue we often publicized. ...

Election commission not seeking secrets

Whether you agree with them or not, some complaints by President Donald Trump’s political opponents are based on disagreements about very real policies. But as the left’s hysteria regarding Trump grows, a few of his foes have found it necessary to invent concerns with no basis in ...

Crackdown on MS-13 has been long overdue

MS-13 is one of the most vicious criminal organizations in history. All one needs to know about MS-13 is that its preferred method of killing is to use machetes, axes and knives to hack victims apart slowly. Not infrequently, the group’s targets are children. Last week, President Donald ...

Do business tax breaks really pay off?

Rarely do the politicians make major economic development announcements without having to concede that tax incentives were needed to make them happen. It happens frequently at both the local and state levels. But are taxpayers getting our money’s worth? Or are we just padding the profits of ...

Human gene editing offers peril, promise

Little Charlie Gard has passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...

Enjoy the Columbiana County, Canfield fairs

There's no glitz, glamour or full-scale high-tech wizardry used to awe which seems to be needed — or felt is needed — in this day and age of providing entertainment. No fancy 21st century version whistles, horns or gimmicks are involved. No, the summer fairs in our area like the 172nd ...

Review ride safety process

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But on Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when a ...