Editorials

Weather is something man just cannot control

Man is often reminded — often rudely and often tragically — of what he cannot control. Like the weather. It is a reality that can whack us across the head like a chunk of debris violently thrust by a 100 MPH wind. Man can predict it, analyze it and scrutinize it down to the smallest of ...

Sunday’s Berkeley protests show other side of hate

President Donald Trump continues to be criticized, often in harsh terms, for suggesting earlier this month that white supremacists and neo-Nazis, while disgusting to true Americans, are not alone in using violence against those who disagree with them. Former Vice President Joe Biden actually ...

Public hearings set on Perry Twp. zoning changes

PERRY TWP. — Public hearings regarding zoning changes are scheduled for October. A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the administration building for a proposed change in zoning for a parcel of land on Allen Road so that Quality Trailer can store trailers on it. The trustees Monday ...

Assault on judge a wake-up call to re-examine security

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting last Monday in Steubenville of Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county ...

HOROSCOPE

By HOLIDAY MATHIS TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 Lunar Squares: Conflict and Competition We all have those certain friends who put us in a competitive mood. It's healthy to want to improve on your best, not so healthy to want your friend to lose so you can win. The time to be nice is when you don't ...

Mayors right about state’s drug efforts

By one estimate, drug abuse claims an average of 11 lives each day in Ohio. A natural disaster — say, an emerging disease rampaging through the state — would be viewed as an emergency. Many in law enforcement and state government treat substance abuse as such a threat. But structurally, ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for area resident Brenda Hamilton. Herself deeply impacted by past addictions in her family, she is a crusader in the battle against drugs. She serves as our county's coordinator and president of OhioCAN Change Addiction Now, the non-profit group that gives families a voice. And the voice ...

Best of luck to all area fall sports participants

Almost as if on cue, unseasonal autumn-like weather has arrived just in time for something that many local students, their parents and grandparents circle on the calendar weeks in advance: the start of the high school football season. It’s such a big part of a new school year. High school ...

Reducing risk of more attacks like Monday’s

No doubt many area residents had Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese in their thoughts and prayers Monday evening. It was a relief that afternoon to learn the judge had undergone surgery at a Pittburgh hospital and, according to local officials, was “doing ...

Congress must take the steps that allow USPS to grow, evolve

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

Stocks rise again, put shaky few weeks further behind NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world pushed higher Tuesday, as markets firmed following a shaky run the last couple of weeks. Shares of retailers and metals companies helped lead the way in the United States. With less nervousness in ...

Condemning differing views creates barrier to good government

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Health care will taint other issues

“Obamacare,” formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal ...

Talks with N. Korea would help but must seek real solutions

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Law enforcement must put lid on violent protests

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Don’t blame police for Charlottesville death

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Kim’s nuclear threats risk millions of lives

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Need ideas to fight opioid addiction

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. If there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s ...

Taxpayers pick up tab for sports cars

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Don’t be scammed over unclaimed funds

The adage “don’t trust strangers” certainly applies here. We recently received an alert that we gladly would like to pass along. According to the report, the Division of Unclaimed Funds is warning Ohioans about a website claiming a fee must be paid to have their missing money returned. ...