Editorials

States join battle to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An interstate partnership has been established to help cover costs of operating a system proposed for a Chicago-area waterway that would help keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday. The initiative would support ...

Obamacare still blocks affordable coverage

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. Well, what if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare ...

Trump takes trade case to Davos summit

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

Sometimes fame seeking can end up being harmful

In the wake of the Tide Pod challenge coursing through social media — in which teens post videos of themselves seeing how long they can keep the laundry capsule in their mouths — a meme attempted to supplant the hazardous stunt by daring potential participants to use the lumps to do ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for new Sustainable Opportunity Development Center executive director Julie Needs. She brings business experience acquired through her banking background. She brings community involvement. She brings enthusiasm. A great fit for advancing the city's economic future. Roses for the Salem ...

Make Medicare process efficient

Medicare beneficiaries who are prescribed certain medicines must jump through some terribly outdated bureaucratic hoops to get them. Prior authorization is required for Medicare beneficiaries to have some drugs paid for by the government program. Often, that can mean pharmacists must spend ...

Bureaucracy never really shuts down

Some in the media were blaming the current government “shutdown” on “dysfunction” in the U.S. Senate. That really is not the case. The Senate is functioning just fine — but many of its Democrats have decided to use the shutdown for political purposes. On the other hand, the ...

All schools must be held accountable

There should be no such thing as “too big to fail” when it comes to educating our children. Yet that seems to be the only argument left to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Ohio. ECOT officials say that without some financial relief, they will have to shut down within days, perhaps ...

Lawmakers should keep up pressure to remove O’Neill from Ohio court

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill should have stepped down from the bench when he announced he was running for governor. But he did not. Instead, he continued campaigning, expressing opinions on various issues. We Americans have a tradition of discouraging such behavior, simply ...

Some Hollywood outrage just act

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

Seizures should come only after a conviction

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for sunshine and temperatures above freezing. Finally! Roses and good luck to Michael Mancuso. He will be vacating his position as executive director of the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center for a professional opportunity in North Carolina. He was instrumental in our area's ...

Ohio Dems may be getting it about choice

Choice is what makes America great, and it appears Ohio Democrats finally may be getting the message. As primary elections approach, we are pleased to see that it appears the Democratic Party this year is welcoming competition from multiple candidates. More than once, we have used this ...

End the delays over doing what is right

That rattling sound you hear, coming from Washington, D.C., is the noise of politicians busy kicking cans down the road. Seemingly unable to do the right, smart thing on scores of issues, they compromise frequently by merely postponing action. Part of the complex battle over avoiding a ...

Local newspapers under tariff attack

The viability of local newspapers, including the one that you are reading now, is being challenged by an unnecessary tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the type that is used to print this newspaper and others across Ohio. Simply put, Ohio’s newspapers cannot ...

US should support freedom in Iran

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

Getting serious on immigration deal

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for Ronald Zellers stepping forward to replace the 2nd Ward Seat on city council vacated by Clyde Brown. Apparently he was the sole citizen applying for the position. How embarrassing would it have been if nobody wanted it? Which has actually emerged as an underlying theme in our city ...

Dictator Kim Jong Un’s motivation are suspect

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Let’s hope real reform actually on the horizon

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? Oprah 2020? Hey, who would’ve thought up to less than a couple of years ago that ...