Editorials

EPA’s Great Lakes program worthwhile

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

Counter terrorism waste

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 ...

Protecting children tops college football

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

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

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 ...

Obamacare must go, but GOP must offer honest replacement

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earned fame for dismissing concerns about Obamacare in 2010 by advising that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” At the time, Pelosi was speaker of the House and passing the Affordable ...

‘Waters’ rules action a big help for farmers

President Trump, with little national fanfare, has laid to rest what was considered an overreach by landowners nationwide by beginning to scrap the so-called “Waters of the United States” rules of the Obama administration. The rules were touted by environmentalists as protection of ...

Recognizing March as Red Cross Month

March is known universally as the "in like a lion, out like a lamb" month. We can certainly attest to that given our recent fluctuating weather. So, did you really think it was time to put away the snow shovel? But catchy turn of words and weather aside, this month is recognized throughout our ...

Ryan’s decision is a missed opportunity

Almost as sure as Halley’s comet and cicadas will reappear on schedule, northeast Ohioans can rely on Congressman Timothy J. Ryan considering — and then declining — a run for statewide office. The Democratic congressman from Howland disappointed state Democrats when he announced last ...

New police reporting can boost public trust

“Oh, joy! More paperwork!” Put that on your list of comments least likely to be heard from anyone in law enforcement. A new type of report being sought from police and sheriff’s departments in Ohio is important, however. Law enforcement agencies in Ohio should begin collecting and ...

Taming elephant in Obamacare’s room

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

Trump offers design for Obamacare repeal

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his Tuesday speech to Congress as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them ...

Roses&Thorns

Thorns to the police situation in Leetonia. Longtime chief John Soldano left in October 2015. His departure was sudden. Many feel he was run out of town. In stepped Sgt. Rick Dattilio. He was the acting chief post-Soldano for seven months before getting passed over for the top position by an ...

Reviews reveal need to clean up voter rolls

It isn’t the massive vote fraud President Donald Trump insists occurred in the presidential election last fall, but problems identified by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted are serious. Husted has had people in his office checking the state’s Registered Voter Database, as he has done ...

Time to put aside rancor in politics

Within minutes of the end of President Donald Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night, it was pointed out that what he said was important — but how he said it was critical. Trump covered a spectrum of issues, ranging from infrastructure to immigration. On some topics, he elaborated his ...

A healthy heart is just steps away

American Heart Month, observed in February, is a good reminder to start living a healthier lifestyle. And not just for that particular month during a given year. The grim fact is heart disease is still the No. 1 cause of death in America. Statistics still show that more than 715,000 people ...

Why doesn’t Europe pay more for NATO?

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...