Opinion

Why did US officials stay away in Paris?

Editorials

By the dozens, world leaders flocked to Paris to join a march in solidarity with, well, civilization. They joined as many as 1.3 million French people upset and angry about Islamic terrorist attacks on a newspaper and a food market catering to Jewish Parisians.French leaders in the front line ...

Pelvic exam, Pap test are critical for women

Editorials

Nearly everyone knows that October is breast cancer awareness month.Much less known is the month set aside to raise awareness of cervical cancer, which happens each January.It's something to which we want more women in our community to pay attention, regardless of what month it is.The Centers ...

Aging gracefully: A few facts of life

Local Columns

You can't do anything about some things, like getting older. It's going to happen to you regardless of what you think or how you react to it. Face it with grace. Embrace it. Keep a stiff upper lip and stand firm. Think of the most gracious, awe-inspiring older person you have ever met, the one ...

Terrorists won’t silence the press

Editorials

We Americans are a cynical, irreverent people. Except for a few of us who have succumbed to political correctness, we tolerate - even encourage - severe verbal attacks on our political leaders. We laugh at and often are prompted to think about satire directed at them, our social customs, even ...

Reaction to Ebola needs reevaluated

Editorials

Remember Ebola? For a few weeks last year, the disease was the big story in the news. It has become an afterthought for many Americans, however.U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., probably reinforced that attitude after returning from a trip to Liberia, one of the West African hot spots for Ebola. ...

Learning more about coverup

Editorials

Within days of the August 2012 sexual assault of a 16-year-old Weirton girl by two Steubenville football players, allegations were made that school officials tried to cover up the crime. Nearly a year and a half later, the public knows very little about what really happened.Former Steubenville ...

Someone must pay for the giveaways

Editorials

From "cash for clunkers" to expansion of the Medicaid program, President Barack Obama has made government giveaways a hallmark of his administration. Last week he added a new goodie: free community college educations.Obama wants two-year college educations to be, in his words, "as free and ...

Time for good, hard look at Ohio schools

Editorials

Many local school districts do a reasonably good job of ensuring that students graduate from high school. But in some areas of the state - unfortunately, big urban school systems where failure is measured in terms of hundreds and thousands of young people - that is not the case.Ohio's House of ...

Boehner has plenty of support in House

Editorials

Much is being made in the press - and in Democrat circles trying to ignore the message voters sent in November - about an alleged rebellion among Republicans in the House of Representatives.It amounts to much ado about nothing strategically important to GOP leaders.At the heart of the matter ...

Bureau of Prisons owes explanation

Editorials

For years the private prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America on Youngstown's north side has relied on public contracts to fund the housing of federal inmates.When word came Dec. 29 that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons would not renew its contract when it expires in May, the prison ...

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month near

Local Columns

Boy meets girl. That's how many romances begin. But sometimes things go wrong. Teens need to understand how to build healthy relationships and how to recognize the signs that they might be involved in something that is NOT healthy. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Let's take a ...

Parents must work with kids on communication

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It has come to my attention when I'm interacting with the younger generation about their people person skills in our digital age. Skills like making small talk or looking someone in the eye. As I gathered with my nieces and nephews over the holidays they seem to be spending more ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for school superintendents making an early call Wednesday evening to cancel Thursday classes instead of waiting until morning. Working parents have to scramble to find someone to watch their kids anytime there is a delay or full cancellation. The early heads-up is appreciated.Roses for ...

Encouraging more minorities to teach

Editorials

Ohioans acting in their children's best interests seem to have made more progress diversifying school populations than occurred under federal laws intended to integrate schools.Only about 16 percent of Buckeye State students attend "highly segregated" schools, according to a published report ...

Giving should be a year round endeavor

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Well, it's back to school and a new year. The season of giving has past. Not so fast, my friend. In reality, charitable organizations need support year round, not just during the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. So here is an idea that might appeal to you and your school, ...

Coming off a year of workplace safety

Local Columns

At the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, 2014 was dubbed the year of workplace safety, and I'm pleased to report that the year lived up to its name and so much more.The year also continued progress toward fulfilling Gov. John Kasich's vision of a workers' comp system that works as a partner ...

More young people turn to e-cigarettes

Editorials

Young people have made tremendous progress when it comes to the fight against cigarette smoking. In fact, a recent anti-smoking campaign touts, "We can be the generation that ends smoking ..." It is a noble goal, and one toward which we all should continue to work.But there is a new worry: ...

Rich and their anti-vaccine quacks

Editorials

C alifornia parents are refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners at twice the rate of seven years ago. So the Los Angeles Times reports. The result has been the return of measles and other serious diseases that can lead to paralysis, birth defects and death. The state is now suffering a ...

Legislators should take up immunity bill

Editorials

More than 2,000 Ohioans may die of drug overdoses this year, if the current trend continues. More people are killed that way than in motor vehicle crashes.Yet state legislators have not passed a measure that could prevent some of the fatalities. They should do so as soon as possible.Drug ...

Many families still feel economy needs boost

Editorials

A ccording to the latest round of numbers, business is booming in the United States. The Commerce Department says gross domestic product increased 5 percent in the third quarter - an adjustment up from their earlier guess of 3.9 percent. Employers reportedly added 321,000 jobs in November. The ...