Editorials

The increase of overdose deaths continues in Ohio

The scourge of drug trafficking and abuse is regularly documented on the pages of this newspaper and all others across Ohio. Whether it's a major bust — such as those done by the vigilant Columbiana County Drug Task Force or police, township and sheriff units — or someone pulled over with ...

Our libraries must be open to all ideas

No doubt there are many books in public libraries that are considered trashy, immoral and, in the case of non-fiction works, inaccurate by many people. But if they are of interest to a substantial number of people, they ought to be on the shelves. There are some exceptions, of course. Blatant ...

Awareness is key to fighting cancer

Prostate cancer are ugly words to American men. That’s because the disease is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, and it’s the leading cause of cancer deaths in men, behind lung cancer. Long labled the “silent killer,” prostate cancer often develops in men without any obvious ...

Stop the theatrics, respect the process

How many of us would like to have our lives judged entirely from our teenage years? If fleeting youthful indiscretions could not be erased by years of reasonable, mature behavior, few of us would ever have amounted to anything. Democrat leaders in the U.S. Senate are in a panic to stop the ...

No silver bullet to drug addiction

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...

Study affirms obesity problem in our state

There is no shortage in our area of programs aimed at helping individuals combat their respective battles of the bulge. We have a wonderful community center that any resident can utilize. We have a nature trail stretching from Leetonia to Lisbon. The city of Salem has an outstanding parks ...

Constitution is the bedrock of nation

Monday, we honored our Constitution, the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of Independence 11 years before. There to reform the Articles ...

Use caution when setting med pot rules

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it a week ago Saturday. They are still waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in ...

When watching Florence, think of our good fortune

Amazing, isn't it? Florence, that is. You likely have seen the imagery taken from outer space of the sheer might and depth of what is being called a monster hurricane. It was actually mesmerizing to behold — almost like something from a science fiction movie featuring high-tech graphic ...

Government must remember who is paying all the bills

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Dem document fight was purely political

Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

Internet access should receive bipartisan focus

Expanding high-speed internet access to rural areas is critical in our region. Too many Ohioans, including some in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, lack what has become a virtual necessity. One obstacle to that is knowing precisely what areas already have broadband service. The system relied ...

Keep bail system in operation our state

More than a few people charged with crimes complain about the bail system. Coming up with several thousand dollars — sometimes hundreds of thousands — to gain release from jail while awaiting trial is an unreasonable burden, they say. Leave it to the Californians to come up with a dramatic ...

Get the best trade deals for the U.S.

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said this week Mexican officials ...

Kim can’t lie his way to victory over Trump

One can understand why North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un thought he could get away with lying to President Donald Trump. He and his predecessors did it successfully with previous presidents, so why not? But Kim’s failure to keep his promises about abandoning nuclear weapons is not working ...

McCain was ‘right about Americans

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, the late John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

Safety reminder comes with holiday weekend

Most people understand what at-risk drivers — those intoxicated from alcohol or drugs or distracted by hand-held devices — pose to the those driving along innocently, responsibly and intently aware of surroundings who, nevertheless, gets creamed by a drunk, buzzed or distracted ...

U.S. Sen. McCain was a genuine American hero

Not everyone agreed with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s political decisions. But there can be no argument — none at all — about one thing: McCain was a genuine American hero. On Friday, his family announced the Arizona Republican had decided to discontinue treatment for the brain cancer he ...

Defeat Issue 1 but try again with treatment

Ohioans going to the polls on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to pass judgment on an idea suggested for many years — virtual decriminalization of most illegal drug offenses. If approved, Issue 1 would reduce sentences drastically for purchase, possession or use of illicit drugs, including ...

Safeguarding our children most critical

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Released last Monday, the missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned ...