Editorials

Trick-or-treat safety needs to be stressed

Trick-or-treating is a timeless tradition that many of us revel in if not outright cherish. We were all kids once and most likely we all went door-to-door gathering goodies. Times have changed and so have costumes and ways candy and other treats are distributed — not only door-to-door but ...

RIP Officer Leo: An excellent officer and excellent person

Police officers today often face anger and criticism from residents on the streets they patrol. With the quick availability of video cameras and immediacy of social media posts, officers frequently come under scrutiny these days for words and actions that previously went unnoticed or out of ...

Watching out for ‘lone-wolf’ attacks

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

Redistricting plans must be done openly

The first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice of setting legislative district ...

These kind of federal regulations needs revisited

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

Islamic terror groups must be totally destroyed

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed more than 300 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were ...

Lawmakers must find way to go after deadbeat parents

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Yet another rescue from recklessness

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to hear ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses of sympathy for the Cleveland Indians. Losing three straight postseason closing games each of the past two seasons — the finale at home each time — isn't a fluke. It's a habit. Kind of knocks the gleam off a 102-win season and historic 22-game winning streak, doesn't it? Gee, do you ...

Johnson’s bill would help locals get fed land money

One reason many Americans are upset with how federal lands are administered in Washington is that when there is money to be made from them, little or none of it goes to local communities. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is aimed at changing that. Johnson has introduced the ...

Intelligence must not fall victim to bureaucracy

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said recently that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

Clean up your act, Hollywood

Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings of the rest of us. Meanwhile, they inhabit an incredibly sordid culture, the likes of which would not be tolerated in other businesses. Revelations about entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to tumble out in a steady ...

Time to be less liberal with student loans

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

Congress should extend CHIP for kids

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

ECOT still trying escape accountability

With all the issues over which Democrats and Republicans should be doing battle in Ohio, it is a puzzle why some have chosen to focus on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. There is no good reason for any disagreement about ECOT. ECOT is an entirely online institution which is among charter ...

‘Gun toters’ risked all to save others

A CBS television network attorney, Hayley Getfman-Gold, had this to say, via social media, about the massacre at a country-western music concert in Las Vegas: “I’m actually not even sympathetic (because) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” CBS promptly and properly ...

Massacre rumors only distract from truth

Already, the rumor mill is grinding out an assortment of allegations regarding the horrific massacre in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Among the most troubling — and, unfortunately, easy to accept — is that the mass murderer, Stephan Paddock, did not act alone. Firing from a 32rd floor hotel ...

Once again, why would anyone massacre dozens?

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of the nation's newspapers tells the story: Nearly ...

OU goes too far with speech policy

Freedom of speech, guaranteed to Americans, is one thing. Using it as an excuse to trample other rights — or even, as is seen with upsetting frequency, to strangle the free speech rights of those with whom one disagrees — is quite another. Ohio University officials deserve praise for ...

Alter Obamacare a little at a time

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally this week, ...