Editorials

Organ donors give gift of life

Do you know someone who has received a liver, a heart or, maybe, a cornea or kidney transplant? We do. Chances are you do too as organ donations in the United States are continuing to grow. More than 35,000 were performed during the past year. However, thousands and thousands more await ...

State should pass along plate savings

Alone among states in the region, Ohio requires car and truck owners to purchase and display license plates on both the rear and front of their vehicles — but not for long. A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Mike DeWine increases vehicle fuel taxes in Ohio. State taxes will go up to ...

Gas hike compromise about right

It appears motorists filling up in Ohio will be paying more for their gasoline and diesel fuel. State legislators and Gov. Mike DeWine reportedly have negotiated a compromise on higher fuel taxes. If it is enacted, another 10.5 cents per gallon will be added to the state tax on gasoline. ...

Hazing remains a national problem

Whatever it takes to stop vicious, dangerous hazing by college and university fraternities needs to be done — by both higher education officials and law enforcement agencies. Another disturbing report came out this week, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There, a student said he was ...

Serving Ohio’s children better

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has proclaimed April as the “Month of the Young Child” throughout the state. Reportedly, he wants to use the time to draw attention to his multiple initiatives intended to make children’s lives better. There is much to do, starting with making the lives of some ...

Despite report, threats exist to our democracy

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. We now know there was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the ...

Smollett case paints picture of favoritism

Television actor Jussie Smollett lied when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago, police maintain. They say he used two accomplices to stage the assault, in a bid for publicity he may have hoped would help his career. Yet, Smollett will serve no time behind bars ...

Report should be released with redactions

Attorney General William Barr should have no doubt in his mind about what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report: Release it. Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Barr makes the report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national ...

More probes of Mueller report will serve no one

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it, and at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

Judge: School’s rule for girls to wear skirts breaks law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina charter school promoting traditional values engaged in unconstitutional sex discrimination by requiring girls to wear skirts, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard ruled that Charter Day School can’t enforce the skirts-only ...

It’s time to stop criticism of the late John McCain

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn, well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects. McCain was, like ...

Ban smoking in cars when kids are riding

Many Ohio legislators are concerned enough about the lives of the unborn pushing for a ban on abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Surely such compassion extends to protecting the health of children after they are born. Lawmakers can do that by enacting state Senate ...

Making clean coal a Green New Deal

Regardless of what you may hear from leftist members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable ...

First Lady stresses the needs, values of all kids

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking a lot about a problem — but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump this week breaks the mold. Mrs. Trump called a meeting Monday at the White House of the Interagency ...

Trump’s tweets still could serve purpose

President Donald Trump’s criticism of United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green in a social media post Sunday was misplaced. Undoubtedly, Green has been working extremely hard to maintain a unified membership, to keep the Lordstown plant’s future in the forefront of ...

Social workers fill critical needs

Social workers help people across all socioeconomic lines. March is Social Worker Month, and a good time to thank those working the front lines of helping people. There are about 680,000 social workers across the country, dedicating their lives to helping others. They aren’t in it for the ...

Gov. DeWine’s substance abuse campaign is good

Ohioans may remember that while serving as the attorney general, Mike DeWine said of the drug abuse epidemic: “We can’t arrest our way out of this.” Now, DeWine is governor and he wants to put the state’s money where his mouth is — with a well thought-out, comprehensive campaign ...

Dems’ monster may be too out of control

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have recognized that the monster she helped create — an ultra-leftist fringe –is a threat to her Democratic Party’s prospects for the presidency in 2020. The question she may be asking herself is whether she retains enough political ...

Letting local officials set priorities

Give Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken Tuesday in St. Clairsville: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in Belmont County to talk with local ...

Let locals set priorities

Give Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken Tuesday in St. Clairsville: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in nearby Belmont County to talk with local ...