Editorials

US needs to look carefully at student loans

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The car ...

If Stuart Davis took fee, he should be fired, prosecuted

What should happen to Stuart Davis, the chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services? Simple: If he did what the state inspector general alleges, he should be fired, then prosecuted. In his position, Davis makes many decisions on what technologies state ...

Stay tuned for more Democrat spending drama

What do immigration law and disagreements over health care policy have to do with ensuring federal agencies have enough money to keep their doors open? Virtually nothing. That did not deter a few Democrats who, for a time, threatened to hold up congressional approval of a major spending bill ...

Congressional figures falling to harassment claims

US Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. Just Friday, Rep. Trent Franks, R.-Ariz., quit Congress, over allegations of sexual harassment. So, three members of Congress in the ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for the incredible generosity of folks in our community. Especially during the holiday season and especially designed toward children. In the past two weeks a certain editor visited Gingerbread Day at the Salem High School, Light Up Damascus and the Light Up Leetonia Block Party. A common ...

Limited free speech is a big contraction

You may have seen anti-abortion displays similar to that which Students for Life planned to erect on Miami University’s Hamilton campus earlier this year. They feature a number of crosses, with signs explaining each one represents a baby aborted during a specified amount of time. Students ...

Your great idea could save lives

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

A sleeping giant was awoken 76 years ago

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of mankind. At exactly 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy launched over 250 planes in two waves from six aircraft ...

In Markle’s ‘Suits,’ the men wear them

Meghan Markle, the divorcee from Los Angeles now engaged to Britain’s Prince Harry, is a lovely woman. But though the actress has ennobled herself as an advocate for women, she lives in the public eye as a character on “Suits.” That’s unfortunate, because the cheesy TV series could ...

Why doesn’t tax reform start now?

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...

Let’s get more people interested in teaching career

Several policy changes being considered by Ohio officials have a clear purpose: Dealing with shortages of trained teachers. More flexibility and less bureaucracy normally are good things in public schools. Educators should be able to concentrate on teaching children, not complying with ...

Full story on campus ruckus

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of the ...

Trump must call for return of Claudia Hoerig

Claudia Hoerig, accused of killing her husband, U.S. Air Force Maj. Karl Hoerig of Newton Falls, remains in a Brazilian prison where she has been for more than a year now. The story, which originated in Newton Falls more than 10 years ago, gained national media attention again last week, when ...

Allow your holiday buys to be local fun

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, if you ...

World must rein in Kim before US is forced to act

It would be bad enough had the North Korean missile launch this week been just another case of dictator Kim Jong-un rattling his saber for domestic political reasons or merely because he enjoys frightening and angering people. But the vast majority of military rockets used in test firings are ...

Thankfully, the big fire didn’t develop into a big tragedy

The spectacle that was the fire in Salem became the hottest topic in the entire region Tuesday afternoon into evening. What a grand optic it was with flames licking the sky — smoke wafting and visible from over 25 miles away and even showing up on weather radars. Of course, it was a gawker's ...

Need better policy on trophy imports

For a few years, it was illegal to import trophies — body parts — from elephants and other animals regarded as endangered. But earlier this year, federal officials loosened the restrictions, insisting that actually may help preserve some species. Killing animals to save them sounds ...

Ensure that justice is done in Ohio

Earlier this month, Ohio voters handed a lopsided victory to proponents of crime victims’ rights. More than 82 percent of those casting ballots in the Nov. 7 election said yes to Issue 1, the so-called Marsy’s Law. Issue 1 reinforces a variety of rights for crime victims and their ...

Ohio lawmaker on right track with suspensions

Ohio State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, has introduced a bill that should receive serious consideration from her colleagues in Columbus. The idea is that public schools would resort to home suspensions only for the worst offenses — bringing a gun to school, for example — rather than ...

Taxpayers, don’t pay to cover for political predators

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...