Editorials

Endangered species need protected, period

Apparently, if you are rich enough, you can slaughter endangered species until your bloodlust is sated. Among animals the federal government deems worthy of protection is the black rhinoceros. Only about 5,500 of them remain alive in the wild. Namibia is home to nearly half that number, and ...

Govt. watch list needs some major updating

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

Honor the memory of the 9-11 victims

You might have read the letter to the editor we published Monday from Eleanor Salter. If you haven't please do so. It was a heartfelt and touching tribute to her daughter. Several years ago we had the opportunity to meet and sit down with Eleanor. It was a moving interview. It's been said ...

Give a close watch to NY online decision

Attorneys general in 49 states — including ours — may want to take a look at a big payout from the Google YouTube online service. Google has been fined $136 million by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it harvested personal data about children without seeking their parents’ ...

OSU wage bump is an exception

Ohio State University has announced that, beginning next year, it will be raising its own minimum wage to $15 per hour — apparently jumping on the trendy number embraced by precisely zero state governments right now (though Washington, D.C. comes closest at a $14 per hour minimum wage in ...

Ohio Dept. of Ag backs our farmers

Ohio farmers are a proud and hardy bunch, accustomed to facing challenges without much assistance. For many of them, the idea of asking for help is difficult to process. It is a mindset the Ohio Farm Bureau is working to adjust with the campaign #gotyourback. Ohio farmers have not had an easy ...

Temporary pause in purge is prudent

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose indeed is required by law to oversee a cleanup of voter registration lists in the state’s 88 counties. However, reports of serious errors in the process suggest pausing it for a time may not be a bad idea. Some Democratic Party leaders, in a pattern seen ...

Show support for Chinese protesters

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Rethink breaks for drug firms

What is now public in the past two weeks, what these pharmaceutical companies have done, there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that they are responsible. … There is no doubt that they knew these drugs were addictive; there is no doubt they lied to the public … for a long period of ...

Medicare for all not as good as it sounds

“Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful it, until they learned and thought more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now, some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for ...

Trump should just consider a discussion with Beijing

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such ...

Once a Quaker, always a Quaker

Bob Sebo is a true American success story. Acting on an idea, he founded a fledging payroll company in the mid-70s. From a modest start with just four employees it grew into a giant — today boasting 12,000 employees dealing with billion dollars of business across the United States. Call it ...

We must also hold employees responsible

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

Back-to-school means back to safety basics

It’s that time of year again. Children of all ages will be making their way to and from school every day. Some of them are walking, some of the older ones might be driving, and many are taking the bus. Do your part to keep them safe. Parents should of course remind their kids to behave ...

Most puzzling is what drives mass murderers

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding — as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has — that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick ...

Preventing even more mass murders

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton and El Paso committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been suggested by ...

DeWine’s gun proposals should be debate topics

Gov. Mike DeWine wants Ohio legislators to consider new limits on firearms ownership. They include more background checks for gun buyers and potential power by courts to restrict access to weapons by those thought to be threats. It never hurts to talk about whether existing laws can be ...

Safety tips for college-bound students

Schools will be starting soon across Ohio and although when it comes to safety and students, the first thought — and certainly merited — usually regards the safety of younger children. But older students will be off to college soon. And their safety should be a consideration especially ...

Good neighbors watch out for one another

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling — about 60 miles due west from Salem — are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was ...

Richard E. Kaufman Jr.

EAST PALESTINE — Richard E. Kaufman Jr., 81, a longtime resident of East Palestine, died at his home Wednesday. He was born Oct. 7, 1937 in Millvale, Pa., a son of the late Richard Sr. and Clara Sallach Kaufman. He was a graduate of the New Waterford High School. He worked as an Assembler ...