Editorials

Did agents’ bias let Clinton escape?

Among the more intriguing and disturbing bits of information uncovered by the Justice Department inspector general looking into questions about political bias was a revelation — to the public, at least — regarding an FBI attorney. Much of the attention focused on the IG’s report has ...

Keep pedophiles out of our schools

A report datelined Chicago and making national headlines would be upsetting by itself. But the fact it is merely a new twist on an old story needs to be kept in mind. Roman Catholic Church officials are frequent targets of criticism for a substantial number of cases in which little or no ...

FBI actions more than just ethics problem

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for those helping children impacted by the ICE raid. This includes each and every person: church folks, teachers, social group members and neighbors. Which isn't surprising given the caring and generous nature shown repeatedly throughout the years by our community's good people. No child ...

Kids of illegals not a simple puzzle to solve

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Look closely for abuse at all colleges

University officials everywhere ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Dr. Larry Nasser, who for years worked with both Olympic and MSU athletes, has begun serving a ...

Drinking water report must be made public

The truth never hurt anyone, even if it was the cause of much distress. Knowing about threats to our safety and health is crucial to doing something about them, after all. Why, then, is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sitting on a report regarding what levels of certain ...

Immigration could be a fair compromise

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as this week. House ...

Compassion not guided by politics

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Prison staffing challenges grow

Ohio’s prison system is facing personnel concerns. Employees filling the three shifts in the Buckeye State’s 27 prisons racked up $61.7 million in overtime last year alone. Inmate transfers, illnesses, vacations and of course staff shortages have meant that while prison system employees are ...

Bill’s passage should send TJX a message

Last week’s move by state legislators to pass a bill by near unanimous vote to guarantee swift action on plans for a retail distribution center in Lordstown should help send yet another message of support to the retail giant contemplating the move to our neighbors north of us. The ...

May our American flag forever wave

Today is Flag Day. Our fine nation should be awash in red, white and blue. That is because Flag Day deserves the respect of each and every one of us. Flag Day doesn't carry the same holiday weekend/often extended days off/let's golf, barbecue and party reputation that its summertime ...

Cleaning up voter registration lists

Ohioans concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Our state has a relatively new mechanism — handled by secretaries of state and local election officials — for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One technique used in both ...

California voters sent judge right message

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

US-NKorea summit sure to disappoint

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them this week. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet Tuesday in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes both ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for the Salem Super Cruise. All of those involved including city leadership are to be commended. The Cruise is a people magnet that pumps energy into the downtown area. It is an event that so many look forward to and circle on their calendars each year. The biggest attraction is the cars. ...

Flight 93 Memorial is hallowed ground

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, will ...

Entertainment secret: Money trumps morals

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — was on display again this week. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and pulling ...

Aiding, abetting illegal immigrants

A massive raid on a gardening and landscaping company in northern Ohio is a reminder that many illegal immigrants would not be in our country without active encouragement from a few unscrupulous business owners. More than 200 federal agents arrested 114 people in the raid on Tuesday. They ...

Did ECOT use tax funds to hush critics?

Much more remains to be learned about the fiasco that was the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Ohio. Among issues that need to be investigated thoroughly is whether ECOT officials relied on taxpayers for hush money meant to quash reports of scandal. ECOT, founded in 2000 as an online ...