Editorials

Constitution is the bedrock of nation

Monday, we honored our Constitution, the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of Independence 11 years before. There to reform the Articles ...

Use caution when setting med pot rules

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it a week ago Saturday. They are still waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in ...

When watching Florence, think of our good fortune

Amazing, isn't it? Florence, that is. You likely have seen the imagery taken from outer space of the sheer might and depth of what is being called a monster hurricane. It was actually mesmerizing to behold — almost like something from a science fiction movie featuring high-tech graphic ...

Government must remember who is paying all the bills

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Dem document fight was purely political

Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

Internet access should receive bipartisan focus

Expanding high-speed internet access to rural areas is critical in our region. Too many Ohioans, including some in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, lack what has become a virtual necessity. One obstacle to that is knowing precisely what areas already have broadband service. The system relied ...

Keep bail system in operation our state

More than a few people charged with crimes complain about the bail system. Coming up with several thousand dollars — sometimes hundreds of thousands — to gain release from jail while awaiting trial is an unreasonable burden, they say. Leave it to the Californians to come up with a dramatic ...

Get the best trade deals for the U.S.

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said this week Mexican officials ...

Kim can’t lie his way to victory over Trump

One can understand why North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un thought he could get away with lying to President Donald Trump. He and his predecessors did it successfully with previous presidents, so why not? But Kim’s failure to keep his promises about abandoning nuclear weapons is not working ...

McCain was ‘right about Americans

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, the late John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

Safety reminder comes with holiday weekend

Most people understand what at-risk drivers — those intoxicated from alcohol or drugs or distracted by hand-held devices — pose to the those driving along innocently, responsibly and intently aware of surroundings who, nevertheless, gets creamed by a drunk, buzzed or distracted ...

U.S. Sen. McCain was a genuine American hero

Not everyone agreed with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s political decisions. But there can be no argument — none at all — about one thing: McCain was a genuine American hero. On Friday, his family announced the Arizona Republican had decided to discontinue treatment for the brain cancer he ...

Defeat Issue 1 but try again with treatment

Ohioans going to the polls on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to pass judgment on an idea suggested for many years — virtual decriminalization of most illegal drug offenses. If approved, Issue 1 would reduce sentences drastically for purchase, possession or use of illicit drugs, including ...

Safeguarding our children most critical

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Released last Monday, the missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned ...

Roses&Thorns

Thorns for Ohio State, Gene Smith and Urban Meyer. The really sharp kind. Punishments should have been stiffer. Period. For what body language is worth, Meyer seemed to lack contrition while reading from a prepared statement following the announcement of his three-game suspension. He looked ...

Commemorate the end of World War I

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. As he noted, that much money could do much good if spent on defense hardware. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, D.C., ...

A German lesson in risks of open borders

An Iraqi woman who left her native land for what she hoped was the safety of Germany has returned home — where she feels safer from Islamic State terrorism. Her decision is one more red flag for German officials who adopted an open-door policy toward refugees from the Middle East. Ashwaq ...

With a new school year comes safety

A reminder to all drivers — be mindful of children and teens as area schools are, or soon will be, back in session. As drivers, we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from schools or bus stops. And remember, it’s the ...

Remains of all must be returned

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Enough with the ‘fake news’ talk

“Fake news” is a term that has been a battle cry of President Donald Trump against some national media outlets — usually left-leaning — since shortly after he entered the White House. But it now seems that all of those in media are under fire. The president has derisively called some ...