Editorials

Refusing to play by Kim’s rules

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to avoid ...

Monitor ‘Marsy’s law’ for flaws then react

Compassionate, fair-minded Ohioans voted in droves for “Marsy’s law” last November. Eighty-three percent of voters approved the required amendment to the state constitution. Their goal was to safeguard victims of crime against being victimized again by predators seeking revenge and ...

NKorean leader crazy to give up his nukes

When President Donald Trump returns from a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June — assuming it happens — he will not be able to get off Air Force One waving a piece of paper and proclaiming it represents peace in our time. Unfortunately, that is the reality of the ...

Gun ban wouldn’t have stopped Texas

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

Coal opponents overreach in Calif.

Oakland, Calif., officials and environmental hardliners apparently were counting on anti-coal hysteria to carry the day for them this week. Fortunately, they ran into a federal judge more concerned with the truth. In 2013, Oakland officials approved construction of a new terminal to load ...

Cheating on CFCs, cheating on carbon

You may remember the environmental scare over chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) three decades ago. They were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, we were told. They had to be banned. And so they were, through international agreements beginning in 1987. CFCs were taken out of ...

Vets deserve more health care options

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health-care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Do you know what today is?

Quick now and don't cheat by looking at the calendar. What special day is today? Most of us wouldn't know. But we should. Every American should. Today is Armed Forces Day. It is a day of recognition that often flies under our special days/holidays radar. Especially with the deserved red, white ...

We must keep online schools well regulated

After many years in which Ohio’s charter school regulations were a mess, one might suppose state officials would have gotten things straightened out. Alas, no. With the dust still not settled regarding one charter, the online Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, state officials need to be ...

Katyn Massacre must not be covered up

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

First lady’s worthy campaign for kids

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

US must counter Iran nuclear move

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for the city being in the process of creating an enforcement ordinance with actual teeth to it which will make our city parks PFZs: punk free zones. Citizens shouldn't be reluctant when wanting to take advantage of our parks. Or, actually scared to visit our parks. We have heard that ...

Haspel deserves fair consideration

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the ...

By filling a bag you can help letter carriers stamp out hunger

“Fill a bag. Help feed families." That's what the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been doing for a quarter century. The 26th drive will be held Saturday. Over the past 25 years, letter carriers have collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food. All ...

Millitary must clean up its act on abuse

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Maybe it really wasn’t Marx’s fault

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

CIA veteran Haspel deserves fair hearing

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the ...

TJX still shows it would be a good neighbor

Neighbors who opposed the development of a HomeGoods distribution center on 290 acres of unused Lordstown farmland should be careful for what they wish. Facing the very real possibility that his valuable land may never be rezoned to allow construction of the warehouse, one of the landowners ...

Vote ‘yes’ on Ohio Issue 1

Gerrymandering — the process of setting boundaries for offices such as members of Congress and state legislators in order to benefit one’s own political party — is something like the weather. Everyone talks about making it a less partisan process, but no one ever seems to do anything ...