Editorials

Do the research before using marijuana to treat opioid addiction

Ohio’s “medicinal marijuana” program is just getting off the ground. Already, it is being suggested state officials should add a new health condition to the list of those for which cannabis can be prescribed as a remedy: opioid addiction. There is evidence the active ingredient derived ...

Election results a big win for women

One of the post-election headlines this past week is one that we think everyone in the nation should be celebrating: a historic number of women were elected to the Congress last Tuesday. About 100 women earned seats, with more than 33 being elected to the House of Representatives for the ...

Pick up campaign signs before they turn to litter

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting dozens of political candidates have been demonstrations of the vigor of our system of government. Now, they are just litter. Some candidates and their supporters started the process of picking up their signs Tuesday. It is pleasing to note that ...

Crimes done by clergy should be prosecuted

It is clear to us that although knowledge of “credible” accusations of sexual abuse within the Youngstown Catholic Diocese existed for decades, church leaders decided among themselves that it would be preferable to handle these issues in-house rather than calling for outside criminal ...

Drug abuse is indeed a war in our country

Ohioans have known for some time that substance abuse is a crisis tearing at the fabric of our state’s future. Ohio is second in the entire nation for having the highest illicit overdose death rate at 39.1 per 100,000 residents. West Virginia has the highest — 52 per 100,000 residents in ...

Thank you to all of our veterans

Since 1919, Americans have been celebrating a very special day on Nov. 11. Today is Veterans Day. It is a day of acknowledgment. It is a day of utmost respect and reverence. It is a day of thanks for those who helped pay the price for freedom. Please appreciate that sentiment. We stress this ...

Paying attention to school buses

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not watched in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignored flashing red lights and ...

Vote Johnson to continue to serve

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, has been more than a congressman from East Ohio. Since he took office in 2011, Johnson has proved to be the representative for his constituents — and very frequently, among them. In contrast to some lawmakers who begin to think of Washington as home and their ...

DeWine is the right choice for governor

It became apparent during the 2016 presidential election that many Ohioans are fed up with traditional politics and are ready to embrace government outsiders. But one longtime insider earned Buckeye State residents’ trust. He is state Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican who is ...

Say ‘no’ to Issue 1

In many ways, the most important decision Ohioans will make in the election next Tuesday has nothing to do with candidates for public office. It will be whether to declare defeat in the war against substance abuse. A proposed amendment to the state constitution, Issue 1, is on the ballot. Its ...

Synagogue violence attacks freedom

In what has become far too commonplace in this country, another mass shooting occurred over the weekend — this time, right here in Pennsylvania — as an anti-Semitic gunman rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 ...

Better to anger teens than print their obits

Two Ohio legislators want to set new limits on young motorists. They would increase the length of time new drivers are required to operate under permits rather than full licenses. Currently, drivers under 18 are required to hold instruction permits for six months. A bill sponsored by state ...

Stop caravan of migrants without physical harm

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...

Roses&Thorns

Nothing but roses today: Roses to Church Women United (CWU) of Salem, Randy Stull and an anonymous donor. Members of CWU are well known in the community for all the assistance they offer to the less fortunate in our area. Among their many endeavors is the “Back to School Clothing Program” ...

Quick spending of drug funds warranted by need

Often, the prudent way for a state to spend federal grant money is to disburse it sparingly, for two reasons. First, ensuring the money is being spent effectively is important. Second, not running out of funds before the grant period ends is a consideration. Ohio officials deserve praise ...

Partisan obstruction needs to be stopped

Actions by some Democrats in the U.S. Senate has resembled nothing as much as a temper tantrum during recent weeks. One might have thought that after the vote to confirm the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they would have decided more mature behavior was appropriate. But ...

Khashoggi not only journalist missing, slain

Thoughtful Americans ought to be concerned about the killing of a journalist who wrote columns about Saudi Arabia for the Washington Post. But what about the other 44 journalists who have met violent deaths this year? What about the 48 who perished in 2017? Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian ...

Keep replica guns out of kids’ hands

Columbus, Ohio, police Officer Peter Casuccio made headlines this past week after telling an 11-year-old the boy was lucky to be alive. Good for Casuccio for doing what the lad’s parents should have. Casuccio was on patrol last Saturday when he received a call about two youngsters ...

There’s no trick to practicing Halloween safety

The season of ghouls, goblins, ghosts, witches, what nots and, yeah, the latest heavily marketed Disney characters is upon us. Costumes will be scary, cute and all in between. Children will soon be trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating is a timeless tradition that many of us revel in if not ...

Those aiding illegals face consequences

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...