Editorials

Regulating Ohio’s child care providers

Ohio child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the five-star ...

Our New Year message: Don’t Drink and Drive!

The message is one we feel obliged to repeat this time each year. There are some people across our country, across our state and across our own area who will awaken today with a brand new year in the offing. There will be so much promise and anticipation for 2019. These folks will celebrate ...

College football really heating up

It’s the high point of the bowl season, and fans throughout the area will looking forward to several games. Granted, a lot of interest in the bowls was lost on Dec. 2, when members of the College Football Playoff selection committee left Ohio State out of this year’s four-team ...

Rooting out fraud, waste in Columbus

Ohio’s Inspector General’s office has its work cut out for it, after the release of a report on rampant fraud and waste in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. ODRC and Ohio Penal Industries inappropriately authorized creation of programs and gifted some items, costing ...

Think before drinking during holiday season

‘Ts the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. Alcohol will be available at some of those parties. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, enjoy each other’s company and gaze at the holiday lights. One set of ...

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Merry Christmas to kids everywhere who last night tightly squeezed their eyes and strained to hear reindeer footsteps on the rooftop. They finally fell asleep in a bed full of warmth and full of dreams. And Merry Christmas to all of us who wish we could still believe in a Santa Claus. ...

Opportunities are many in our region

It’s been only a few weeks since General Motors made its announcement to not allocate a new vehicle to the Lordstown complex after it halts Chevy Cruze production here in March, and we already are feeling the effects. Last week we learned of just the first trickle of economic setbacks ...

Be careful with pets as gifts

It’s the time of year when trips to area malls and pet supply stores include sightings of wagging tails and furry ears, playful barks and purring. Yes, dogs and cats are a familiar sight this time of the year as shoppers scurry to find last-minute gifts. The canines and felines being ...

Pedestrian safety is always paramount

The National Safety Council warns that we rarely are more vulnerable than when walking in urban areas, crossing busy streets and negotiating traffic. And we all are pedestrians from time to time, so it’s important to pay attention to what is going on around us. Those risks also come when ...

Take in our downtown during the holidays

Those of us of a certain age who grew up in Salem remember — and often pine for — holiday days of yore. This includes a downtown that could've been used as a Rockwellian portrayal of Smalltown, U.S.A. Especially around Christmas time. A Saturday Evening Post cover come to life. We remember ...

Medicaid cost? Ohio can look toward West Virginia

In 2017, West Virginia was faced with growing Medicaid costs — particularly when it came to prescription drugs. So state government cut out the middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers, and turned to a streamlined system that utilizes West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy to recommend ...

Kasich should veto piggybacked raises

Ohioans upset about the swamp that is the federal government may want to clean up Columbus before moving on to Washington. There’s a stink at the Ohio Statehouse, too. Last week, both houses of the General Assembly approved a bill with the ostensible purpose of increasing death benefits for ...

An open letter to GM CEO Mary Barra

Dear Mary Barra: Like U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, we remain hopeful and appreciative that you are keeping an open mind about the future of the Lordstown General Motors complex. It is true our area remains very committed to working with you to find a way forward to bring ...

Answers needed about black lung

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for those taking the time and expense to put out Christmas decorations. It is a big part of our holiday season. Many enjoy driving around and taking in colorful and festive sights. Roses for those manning the Salvation Army kettles — especially those doing it out in the cold. Roses ...

Graduation standard delay does children a disservice

Time and again, officials at colleges and universities tell us we are not preparing our students to attend their institutions. That is fine with them, of course — they get to charge more for extra semesters in which students take remedial courses to get them up to where they should be. ...

Before “blue states’ and ‘red states’

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush's Wednesday funeral, we couldn't help but reflect on how dramatically the nation's political landscape has changed since ...

Brighten Christmas by helping someone

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Meyer’s retirement likely driven by health, scandal

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Yet, at only 54 years of age, he is retiring from his post at Ohio State University. Why? In revealing Meyer’s plan to retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl, OSU officials gave no reason. There has been ...

Ohioans, pay attention to ongoing legislation

Ohio lawmakers are floating some ideas Buckeye State residents might want to watch. Last week, House Joint Resolution 19 was introduced, which would make it more difficult to approve proposed constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot. Rather than a simple majority needed for an ...