Editorials

Taxpayers, don’t pay to cover for political predators

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...

Have a wonderful day of giving thanks

There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...

Senate tax reform benefits families

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Even with technology we struggle to connect

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Get ready, for winter is coming

We’ve already seen sub-freezing temperatures and a few flurries, so winter weather can’t be far away. Last week was Ohio Winter Safety Awareness Week. Helpfully, the Ohio Department of Insurance has outlined five ways Ohioans can avoid costly setbacks: 1) Review your homeowners and ...

Will getting rid of Mugabe help?

US officials have taken the traditional stance regarding this week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what happened ...

Half a loaf better than none on taxes

Keep your eyes on the prize, members of Congress. And remember, politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise. With just days to go before important votes on tax reform packages are planned in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, a major difference of opinion has reared its ...

Trade speech is important reminder

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Natural gas lines important, but so is environment

Many Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets elsewhere. Without that infrastructure, our gas has limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas are not worth the ...

Killer shouldn’t have had gun under current law

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church Sunday might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick Kelley, ...

Lack of health coverage fines unacceptable

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

A thank you to all of our vets

Since 1919, Americans have been celebrating a very special day on Nov. 11. Today is Veterans Day. It is a day of acknowledgment. It is a day of utmost respect and reverence. It is a day of thanks for those who helped pay the price for freedom. Please appreciate that sentiment. We stress this ...

Don’t ruin reform with too many tax compromises

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred last week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Some on Columbus Council don’t know who they work for

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. But transparent foolishness simply is not tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. Take what happened last Monday during a Columbus City ...

A city charter is worth exploring

Salem voters on Tuesday will determine in a large part the fate of the city's future government. Again. Thisclose. That is how scant the difference was last year when a proposed charter commission was brought before the city voters. It lost but barely: a 27-vote difference between failure and ...

HIGHWAY PATROL

— While southbound on Homeworth Road Oct. 31, Michael D.W. King, 33, Cherry Street, Homeworth traveled off the right edge of the road, striking a tree. According to the trooper, he had already been transported to Aultman Hospital prior to the officer’s arrival on the scene, but King’s ...

Get out and vote Tuesday

This Tuesday's election is not the kind of blockbuster that last November’s election was highlighted, of course, by Trump vs. Clinton. But in Ohio, there are two important issues. The first, Issue 1, is called “Marsy's Law” and involves rights of crimes victims. We endorse its passage as ...

Take out extremist Islamic leaders to end constant attacks

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Voters should support parks

Those living in our fair city are blessed to have what we like to call community gems. Such as our library, community center and, of course, our parks system. This election, officials representing the city parks are asking taxpayers for slightly more money to keep up with current expenses ...

Trick-or-treat safety needs to be stressed

Trick-or-treating is a timeless tradition that many of us revel in if not outright cherish. We were all kids once and most likely we all went door-to-door gathering goodies. Times have changed and so have costumes and ways candy and other treats are distributed — not only door-to-door but ...