Editorials

Rethink how thrill rides are inspected

Apparently undetected by anyone, rust had been eating away at the inside of a steel support beam on the Fire Ball ride erected at the Ohio State Fair last month. By July 26, the rust had done its deadly work. A young man was killed and seven other people were hurt when the Fire Ball flew ...

Poor vetting of Ryan’s staffers brings concerns

US. Rep. Tim Ryan’s office should have more properly vetted its shared information technology, or IT, staffers before welcoming the workers already being used by other Democratic members of Congress. Former Ryan staffer Hina Alvi is named in a criminal complaint against her husband, Imran ...

Avoid withholding crime-fighting aid

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to withhold ...

Still plenty of work to clean up VA swamp

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate last week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for reports we have had throughout the summer regarding the lack of the punk factor at our city parks, especially Centennial Park. Last summer the foul language, disrespect for authority and criminal behavior kept citizens away from our parks. It was a big issue we often publicized. ...

Election commission not seeking secrets

Whether you agree with them or not, some complaints by President Donald Trump’s political opponents are based on disagreements about very real policies. But as the left’s hysteria regarding Trump grows, a few of his foes have found it necessary to invent concerns with no basis in ...

Crackdown on MS-13 has been long overdue

MS-13 is one of the most vicious criminal organizations in history. All one needs to know about MS-13 is that its preferred method of killing is to use machetes, axes and knives to hack victims apart slowly. Not infrequently, the group’s targets are children. Last week, President Donald ...

Do business tax breaks really pay off?

Rarely do the politicians make major economic development announcements without having to concede that tax incentives were needed to make them happen. It happens frequently at both the local and state levels. But are taxpayers getting our money’s worth? Or are we just padding the profits of ...

Human gene editing offers peril, promise

Little Charlie Gard has passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...

Enjoy the Columbiana County, Canfield fairs

There's no glitz, glamour or full-scale high-tech wizardry used to awe which seems to be needed — or felt is needed — in this day and age of providing entertainment. No fancy 21st century version whistles, horns or gimmicks are involved. No, the summer fairs in our area like the 172nd ...

Review ride safety process

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But on Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when a ...

Minneapolis tragedy shows better police training needed

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...

Don’t bomb kids to win war on terror

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Asset forfeiture must not be abused

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

McCain a genuine American hero

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Both parties must work to replace Obamacare

If you have a private health insurance policy, would you call your agent and cancel it just because there is a small chance you might find something better? Of course not. That would be crazy. At some point after your policy lapsed, you would be prey for anyone eager to sell you any coverage ...

Prevalence of Lyme disease a concern

A health threat that has been around for several years is becoming more common in Ohio, so area residents should learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Lyme disease is a dangerous illness that is spread to humans through tick bites. Its symptoms include fever, chills, ...

Ohio at center of civility movement

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Going to a fair soon? Heed the advisory

Fairs are part of the lives of so many of us during the late summer season. The sprawling Ohio State Fair will open next Wednesday. Our own Columbiana County Fair is July 31-Aug. 6. And, of course, the historic Canfield Fair occupies the Labor Day weekend. There are others coming up across the ...

Don’t break reading habits during summer

We hope your student is keeping up with promises to read throughout the summer. Now is a good time for a reminder to read throughout summer break. Doing so keeps young brains sharp and in training for the lessons ahead in classrooms. We hope students in the house are keeping up this summer. If ...