Opinion

More research needed on exotic diseases

Editorials

In all likelihood, you have never heard of Hendra Virus Disease or Chapare Hemorrhagic Fever. You probably do know about Ebola, however.Ebola has been in the headlines because of a massive outbreak of the disease in Africa. Thousands of people have perished from it.Now, the United States has ...

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Editorials

Inviting community to support 40 Days for LifeTo the editor:This year 40 Days for Life is being observed from Sept. 24, through Nov. 2, throughout the world. This campaign is a well-organized interfaith focus on "prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism with the purpose of repentance, to seek ...

Abortions down due to choices

Editorials

In record numbers, more Ohio women are choosing to have their babies rather than abort them. Pro-abortion groups prefer not to view that as a sign of changing attitudes, however.Last year, 23,216 abortions were performed in Ohio, according to the state Department of Health. That is the lowest ...

Yes, intelligence agencies missed boat again on ISIS

Editorials

President Barack Obama admitted Sunday what most observant Americans already knew:?Once again, U.S. intelligence agencies failed to "connect the dots" on a terrorist group. And once again, U.S. officials had too much confidence in foreign allies.Obama conceded the threat from Islamic State ...

Kasich running far in front of Dem challenger

Editorials

No intelligent candidate for public office relaxes during an election campaign. "Always run scared" is a philosophy shared by nearly all successful politicians.But it must be tempting for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to just kick back and take it easy during the closing weeks of his campaign for ...

Congress must demand answers on ISIS combat

Editorials

When our armed forces go to war - and make no mistake about it, they have - Americans rally in support. To ensure their sacrifices are not in vain, we as a people also owe it to them to examine the goals and strategy of the conflict.Air attacks have been launched against Islamic State terrorist ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when advocates across the nation focus public attention on the epidemic of domestic violence, a time when every person should consider what she or he can do to become a part of the solution to help end domestic violence in our ...

President must be better protected

Editorials

Omar J. Gonzalez was carrying a knife when he stormed into the White House Friday evening.What if he had been equipped with a bomb?Gonzalez, a military veteran, clearly is mentally unbalanced. As yet, his state of mind when he invaded the White House and what he intended to do there has not ...

Marketing ploy: Is it REALLY safe?

Local Columns

K2, Skunk, Yucatan Fire, Moon Rocks, "Bombay Blue." It isn't really "Bliss," and it isn't a "Genie" in a bottle. "Spice" is synthetic marijuana sold under many names at gas stations, convenience stores, etc. Label readers will notice that these items include the warning, "Not for human ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses to all of those who brought The Moving Wall to our county and for all of those who came out and supported its appearance. Especially those teachers, parents and grandparents who took children to see a symbol of an important part of American history. There appears to be an underlying ...

Don’t blame Bush

Local Columns

Last week I heard back-to-back news reports blaming George W. Bush for the 2008 economic collapse. Once again the main stream media has it completely wrong.The problem actually started with Jimmy Carter and the Democrats back in 1977. That is when the "Community Reinvestment Act" was signed ...

In times of change, remember bedrock

Editorials

It was 227 years ago this month that a group of men gathered in Philadelphia and created our Constitution.There to reform the Articles of Confederation, this intelligent faction for the United States of America came up with what should be a familiar grouping of words: "We the People of the ...

Good sign: Americans help others fighting spread of Ebola virus

Editorials

It's pleasing, as Americans, to see the nation step into the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa with both feet.It's pleasing because the nation has capabilities that still are the envy of the world. It's pleasing because it's a sign that those capabilities haven't ...

We must improve screening in schools

Editorials

A Senate bill intended to prevent public school systems from hiring pedophiles or drug abusers may be necessary, but it misses an important point: What if school administrators don't know they are dealing with a predator?Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., are co-sponsoring ...

Nutrition: It gives you and the kids an edge

Local Columns

"You are what you eat." That can mean the food you eat and the things you tell yourself. In these challenging economic times, you may shake your head when you see the prices at the grocery store. But for your family's best health, good nutrition is required. Feeling good is important. Feeling ...

New studies on fracking could prompt changes

Editorials

Many people seem to view "fracking" as synonymous with drilling for natural gas and oil. But there is a difference - and it may involve a wild goose chase, so to speak, over contamination of water wells and other sources of ground water.For generations, energy companies simply drilled holes ...

Johnson chooses House duties over a debate

Editorials

A Sept. 30 debate among candidates for the House of Representatives from Ohio's 6th District will be of little value to voters because the incumbent, Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will not be present.Johnson has received some criticism for not planning to attend the event in Marietta. But he has ...

Federal policies put Valley in good stead

Editorials

As the federal government continues to wage its war on coal and the Department of Energy continues to increase natural gas exportation, the Mahoning Valley, Lordstown in particular, is in a good position to capitalize.The Energy Department recently approved the Cameron LNG and Carib Energy ...

State should simplify tax collection

Editorials

We encourage the Ohio Senate to support legislation that would unify the state municipal income tax collections.House Bill 5 passed the Ohio House last year and is now in the Senate Finance Committee. The bill would:- Extend the occasional entry rule from 12 days to 20 days for workers who ...

The enemy within

Local Columns

In an address made on January 27, 1838, Abraham Lincoln stated, "At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a ...