Editorials

Roses&Thorns

Lilies, it being Easter and all, across the board today: For those churches and organizations holding activities for children such as egg hunts at the Salem First United Methodist and Franklin Square churches. For different reasons, some of the egg hunts that had become traditions are no ...

Ohio’s Internet law contradicts Constitution

It is easy to understand why Ohio’s Internet harassment law was challenged by a liberal group, a conservative organization and a freelance political reporter. Huh? What on earth would bring such a diverse coalition together? Concern about freedom of speech. It is not at all difficult to ...

Unity a message to Russian leader

Apparently, leaders of quite a few democratic nations are boorish. At least, that is what Russian officials say. A few weeks ago, a former Russian double agent who had been working for the West while on Moscow’s payroll was poisoned. Serge Skripal and his adult daughter had been living in ...

Computers should not be grading state tests

Just because something is possible does not mean it is a good idea. But companies developing artificial intelligence programs have made a great deal possible, and too many government entities are failing to ask whether the ideas are good. Approximately 75 percent of state testing for Ohio ...

Columbiana man gets 8 years in prison for rape

LISBON — Robert D. Graffius, 41, the former Columbiana man found guilty of rape last week by a Columbiana County Common Pleas Court jury, was sentenced Monday afternoon to eight years in prison. Judge Scott Washam pointed out that Graffius changed his story, first adamantly telling ...

Work out bugs in autonomous vehicles

Tne of those “self-driving” cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday. She was crossing the street when she was struck by the vehicle, which was traveling at about 40 mph. Police said the vehicle, with a human in the driver’s seat but not operating the controls, did not ...

Evil people will find varying ways to do harm

Events in Texas during the past three weeks are — or ought to be — a reminder of what we Americans need to do to prevent mass killings. Identifying and apprehending the human beings plotting mayhem is the challenge. A reign of terror in and around Austin, Texas, came to an apparent end ...

We must work harder to save rare animals

Within a few years, we humans will have allowed another of the majestic creatures that once roamed the earth in great numbers to go extinct. It is the northern white rhinoceros, one of two subspecies of the white rhinoceros. The last known male of the subspecies, a 45-year-old named Sudan, ...

School safety requires enforcing all the laws

High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...

Tillerson’s exit good time to drain swamp

His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well why President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...

African trophy species need legal protection

President Donald Trump is under fire over a board created to advise him on how to protect certain African animals that are in decline, in part because of hunting. Critics say too many of the panel’s members are trophy hunters. At issue are rules for importing the heads and hides of African ...

Bringing recognition to a widespread disease

March is National Kidney Month. It is a good time to think about your kidneys. Unlike other organs, kidney disease often shows no sign of early symptoms. Most people are not even aware they have kidney disease until it reaches the later stages, including kidney failure. The American Kidney ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for kind people. As related by David Sprouse of Salem: "Today I was lined up to get my truck washed. I got pulled up to take my turn. I went to put my money in and was having a problem with the machine taking my money and was going to back out of line but couldn't due to the line behind ...

Keep our national parks affordable

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing: Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Implement work rule for Medicaid

Any suggestion that recipients of public assistance bear some responsibility for their own well being is resisted fiercely by many liberals. It is more important than ever, however, as the big-government crowd seeks to expand the number of people who rely on taxpayers. Now Ohio officials are ...

Kasich follows a simple process

Gov. John Kasich made his last state-of-the-state speech Tuesday, taking the show on the road as has been his custom, this time going to his longtime home, Westerville. He spoke at length of honor and courage, especially in light of the recent shooting deaths of two Westerville police officers ...

Passage of bill could help slow addiction

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The two have ...

Someone failed as VA problems continue

Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA during ...

Social workers help community

Social workers work in the community every day, helping the less fortunate and those in need. March is National Professional Social Work Month, and the theme this year is “Leaders. Advocates, Champions.” There are more than 650,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated ...

Ratings prove interest in Oscars wanes

Regardless of the Twitter war between President Trump and Oscars telecast host Jimmy Kimmel, the unavoidable fact is found in a statistic: The TV ratings for the Oscars show fell by about 20 percent from the 2017 broadcast, marking four consecutive years of decline. Political climate is but ...