Editorials

What drives boy, 8, to kill himself?

The thought of an 8-year-old child committing suicide is so awful most people probably do not want to even think about it. But it happened earlier this year in Cincinnati, and the circumstances dictate that we do think about it. On Jan. 26, little Gabriel Taye went to the bathroom in his home ...

Bill demands excellence in our educators

An Ohio General Assembly proposal — House Bill 66 — is being labeled “an attack on faculty” by critics such as John McNay, president of the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a history professor at the University of Cincinnati, who hope to keep tenured ...

Don’t let greedy coal executives off hook

Consider the source, Mr. President. Then just say no. That may be the best advice President Donald Trump could get regarding a letter sent to him by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Blankenship spent a year in prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate federal mine safety ...

Can teachers handle discipline without cop?

A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

Practice safety first with motorcyclists

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and, based on motorcycle fatalities in 2016, it is a good time for all motorists to look at biker safety. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported there were 203 people killed in 194 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2016, a 45 percent increase since 2014. ...

Time was right for Comey to go

Many Democrats have been demanding James Comey’s head on a platter. Now that President Donald Trump has handed it to them, they are furious. Hillary Clinton and some in her party believe Comey’s actions as FBI director cost her votes in last year’s presidential election. They point to ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses, hugs and kisses for all the good moms out there — from the first-time mothers to an elderly mom who realized that being a parent did not end when a child became an adult. Aren’t we lucky to have oh so many great moms around here? There are no age boundaries. A parent is always a ...

Brown supported war against coal

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, pitched in enthusiastically with other coal-state lawmakers who have spent months attempting to protect retired miners from losing their health insurance. It was the least he could do. “Brown Secures Healthcare for Miners in Bill to Fund Government,” a ...

Fill a bag and 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 25th drive will be held Saturday. Over the past 24 years, letter carriers have collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food. All ...

Harsh penalties needed for ‘gray death’ pushers

No one beats the chemists who concoct illegal drugs in introducing “new and improved” products to the marketplace. Their greatest accomplishment during recent years appears to have been manufacturing ever-more deadly drugs. A new one, “gray death,” is being seen in our region. It ...

Hillary Clinton shows off her elitist attitude

Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender. During an interview last week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and ...

Making charter schools better

Ohio public education officials deserve praise for refusing, in effect, to take federal money under false pretenses. Federal officials had planned to send the state $71 million to expand Ohio’s network of private charter schools subsidized with taxpayers’ money. But state school ...

Hillary still can’t accept responsibility for her own defeat

So, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, perhaps offering her take on the 2016 presidential election. And, as she told an interviewer this week, she accepts responsibility for losing to Donald Trump. Sort of. “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There’s no such thing,” Clinton told a ...

Huge fee exposes Obama hypocrisy

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

Congress shouldn’t make same mistake

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When the atrocity that is ...

US spy agencies face evolving challenges

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation last week in Steubenville, may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual Americans. His ...

UN can butt out of Obamacare discussion

Members of Congress expected to begin debating a new plan to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance fiasco are being warned that may violate international law. Seriously. A United Nations functionary said so, in a letter to the U.S. State Department. Dainius Puras, who is ...

Reversing Obama’s damage to economy

It is going to take time — years, in all probability — to undo the enormous amount of damage President Barack Obama did to the economy. Some of it, in states such as ours, is irreparable. At least President Donald Trump and his new Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, are ...

School start times warrant another look

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

Take advantage of Prescription Drug Take-Back this Saturday

Salem Regional Medical Center and the East Liverpool Hospital provide a myriad of services. Foremost, of course, is caring for and healing the sick and wounded. They do great jobs at that. The hospitals also provide an assortment of community services too. An important one comes Saturday with ...