Opinion

When a toy gun isn’t much of a toy at all

Editorials

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland probably would be alive today had he not brandished a realistic-looking gun when challenged by a police officer.Rice's death is the most recent in a string of senseless deaths of children killed because law enforcement officers thought the "toys" they had ...

We should all have reasons to be thankful

Editorials

Today is a day for reunions, good food -?make that a lot (burp!) of good food-good cheer and for watching parades and football on TV. But it is also a day for each and everyone of us to give thanks. After all, there's a reason it's called Thanksgiving. Some may need to look deeper than others ...

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Letters to the Editor

Thanksgiving is steeped in traditionTo the editor:Of all our holidays, Thanksgiving is perhaps the most steeped in tradition. It is the one all-American holiday that touches all ages, faiths and color who call the United States home.Through the years Americans have celebrated this special day - ...

Obama beats GOP to punch on immigration

Editorials

B eating the will of the people to the punch is not part of the job description for presidents of the United States. Neither is altering or hamstringing laws with which a chief executive disagrees.Yet that has been the story of President Barack Obama's nearly six years in office. Because no one ...

Senate bill puts children first, not school predators

Editorials

I t should not have to be against the law for school officials to help sexual predators they have fired find new jobs working with children. Most of us would not dream of putting youngsters at risk through such irresponsibile behavior.But apparently such a law is needed. Had it existed many ...

Celebrating holidays with family can help recovery

Local Columns

There is stress for everyone as the holidays come around. Maybe there isn't enough money for all of the things you want to do to celebrate. Perhaps there are family issues that you just don't really want to struggle with and it all adds up to stress, stress, and more stress. People in recovery ...

School rule change means local control

Editorials

Taxpayers sometimes join public school officials in complaining that state and federal mandates give local educators little or no flexibility. Yet suggest one of those requirements be eliminated and it will be only a matter of time before a great hue and cry against such change is heard.Ohio ...

The real story of Thanksgiving

Local Columns

The Pilgrims tried "it takes a village" socialism and almost starved. At first, they required everyone in the community to work for the community and all the proceeds were kept in the community stores.It was immediately apparent that this plan had a fatal (no pun) flaw. There was a large ...

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Letters to the Editor

Dem County Party chairman respondsTo the editor:Now that the November general election is over I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations and best wishes to those individuals who were successful in the recent campaign. I commend both you, and your opponents for your decision and ...

Help addicts back to drug-free lives

Editorials

Hardcore drug pushers ought to be put behind bars - the longer, the better. Their victims, often those caught and charged with drug offenses, may be a different story.As drug abuse expands in Ohio, more and more people are becoming addicts to heroin, prescription pills or other controlled ...

Dr. DiOrio promoted after Ohio Ebola scare

Editorials

P erhaps in part because of her excellent handling of the Ebola scare in Ohio, former state epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio has been promoted. Gov. John Kasich has named her new medical director for the state Department of Health.DiOrio and others did excellent work in ensuring Ohioans faced ...

OTHER VOICES

Editorials

The (Canton) Repository, Nov. 14The numbers are staggering: 46 people die each day in the United States from an overdose of prescription painkillers. Among people ages 25 to 64 years old, fatal drug overdoses claim more lives than motor vehicle accidents, according to the Centers for Disease ...

Islamic ‘extremists’ are terrorists for sure

Editorials

Islamic State terrorists - still, for some reason, referred to by many in the media as "militants" or "extremists" - say they have beheaded another American. Given the butchers' track record, there is no reason to doubt their claim.Peter Kassig, an American who made himself vulnerable by ...

Teacher pay rules tie board’s hand

Editorials

P ublic schools in Ohio are required to pay teachers more for their years in the profession and for advanced college degrees. That takes payroll money many education administrators would love to use to reward - and retain - the truly excellent teachers on their staffs.Like many states, Ohio has ...

Relations with China must be realistic

Editorials

President Barack Obama shares one thing with most of his predecessors, whether Democrat or Republican: All try their best to put a bright face on U.S. relations with China - while worrying in private about Beijing's intentions.During a visit to China last week, Obama expressed optimism and ...

Obamacare truth revealed by author

Editorials

E conomist Jonathan Gruber, who helped write the Affordable Care Act - known by most as Obamacare - has admitted Americans were deceived about the measure.Speaking during a conference about health care economics, Gruber said this of Obamacare:"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. ...

How much do you want to know? Marijuana facts

Local Columns

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELDFamily Recovery Center publicistHow much do you want to know? Marijuana factsSome people will never be convinced that marijuana use is risky. They won't research the topic. They won't read what others share. They don't want to know the facts because they might have to ...

Can government really create jobs?

Local Columns

We are once again in the midst of sending our best and brightest off to Washington to make our country a better place.As part of that process we are inundated with promise after promise that will be conveniently forgotten immediately after the results are tallied, at least by the candidates.The ...

Common sense approach to immigration reform

Local Columns

We have all heard it said many times that America is a land of immigrants, some voluntary and some involuntary, but immigrants nevertheless.We have plenty of space in our country, but insufficient resources to support everyone who wants to come here. When we see innocent children used as ...

The new South — Black and conservative

Local Columns

In 1956, 19 Democratic Senators and 82 Democratic House members signed a Southern Manifesto pledging to resist the integration of Southern public schools as ordered by Earl Warren's Supreme Court.Only two GOP House members, both from Virginia, signed. The American South was as solidly ...