Editorials

Roses&Thorns

Roses for honest sales associates, clerks and cashiers. That is, all the many of those who upon finding personal property belonging to a customer that was lost or misplaced — like cash lost in a shopping basket by a certain (blush) editor — do the right gesture by putting it away until ...

Vote ‘yes’ for the passage of Issue 1

Voters often struggle when it comes to the ballot. They can be torn between supporting a certain candidate or issue. That is understandable. We have all wrestled with such decisions. That shouldn't be the case with one particular vote that you will cast. Voters in Ohio will face a ...

Living better often means living longer

We are all acutely aware — especially those of us well entrenched into our advancing years — that it's not just about life itself but about quality of life. None of us have control over unforeseen events that can happen to any of us health-wise. Dreadful things can happen regardless of ...

China’s new oil limits won’t stop NKorea’s military machine

China’s announcement Saturday that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

Rebuild Puerto Rico but maintain oversight

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...

Maduro’s Venezuela starving, collapsing

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations Tuesday did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. That ...

‘Resist’ crowd turns against Democrats

For a fleeting second or two, it might have seemed possible to feel sorry for House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Or not. Pelosi’s problem Monday was of her own making. During an appearance in her home district, San Francisco, on Monday, Pelosi and a couple of ...

What’s diplomacy solved with NKorea?

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Misleading numbers on ‘clean’ energy jobs

Ohio has the second-highest number of renewable energy jobs in the Midwest (behind Illinois), according to Clean Jobs Midwest 2017, a collaboration between Clean Energy Trust, an investment group, and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit comprised of business groups and investors. In ...

Feds have role to play in building trust in police departments

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Don’t pay for motor vehicle freedom with your very life

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on … ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Our Constitution requires defense

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. Each year on Sept. 18, we celebrate Constitution Day. It is both a time for us to marvel at what our ...

Standing up to the bullies

We have never met Adam Jenyk and his wife, Chaelsie Adkins. They may never even read this opinion piece, seeing as how they live in Niles. But we would like to thank them. For standing up against the trolls and the grossly ill informed flourishing throughout social media. Our sister ...

Why would Dems even want to talk jobs creation?

It is ironic that Democrat candidates for governor in Ohio are saying they want to focus on job creation. That and complaints about incumbent Gov. John Kasich dominated a debate among four Democrat gubernatorial candidates Tuesday in Martins Ferry. Our region of the state once was an ...

Better vetting system needed for govt. hires

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Sending the wrong message on weight

Government has no business telling fashion companies they cannot use ultra-skinny models. The companies should be doing that voluntarily. A new law in France, set to go into effect Oct. 1, provides such a ban. It requires both male and female models to obtain certificates indicating they are ...

Texas mission shows value of air station

The latest deployment of the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing crews and aircraft from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station to assist in flood relief efforts in Houston demonstrates two things. First, it showcases the value of humanitarian efforts we, as a nation, take on for those ...

All-of-the- above policy is vital

For eight years, for many living in Ohio — especially those in the southeast quadrant of our state — and neighboring West Virginia tried in vain to make our fellow Americans understand that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal ought to be their concern as well as ours. It took the ...

Trump abiding by the oath that he took

Under existing law, illegal immigrants are supposed to be apprehended and deported, except in rare situations. President Donald Trump took an oath to uphold the law and, more particularly, the Constitution. His predecessor, former President Barack Obama, took the same oath. He was not ...

Compensation policy for crime victims needs fixed

Some Ohioans victimized by crime can be compensated by a state program set up for the purpose. Most don’t receive much; the average last year was $2,369. But some who probably ought to get help do not receive a dime, because of rules by which the program is guided. One of them was a ...