Opinion

Do business tax breaks really pay off?

Editorials

Rarely do the politicians make major economic development announcements without having to concede that tax incentives were needed to make them happen. It happens frequently at both the local and state levels. But are taxpayers getting our money’s worth? Or are we just padding the profits of ...

Human gene editing offers peril, promise

Editorials

Little Charlie Gard has passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...

Enjoy the Columbiana County, Canfield fairs

Editorials

There's no glitz, glamour or full-scale high-tech wizardry used to awe which seems to be needed — or felt is needed — in this day and age of providing entertainment. No fancy 21st century version whistles, horns or gimmicks are involved. No, the summer fairs in our area like the 172nd ...

Fleming House: Legacy celebration planned Aug. 18

Local Columns

Fleming House, the big, yellow house that love built in Columbiana County, has been aiding women in recovery for 15 years, providing a stable environment for them and their children for up to 18 months while the women develop individualized plans for their lives, obtain the education they need ...

Review ride safety process

Editorials

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But on Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when a ...

State Rep encourages support of county fair

Local Columns

This week, Columbiana County will host its 172nd county fair, taking place at the fairgrounds from July 31 through Aug. 6. Since the first fair in 1845, the storied event has hosted a number of unique attractions, from horse buggy competitions to ostrich races. While those kinds of activities ...

Minneapolis tragedy shows better police training needed

Editorials

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...

Don’t bomb kids to win war on terror

Editorials

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Asset forfeiture must not be abused

Editorials

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Fighting to protect Lake Erie’s resources

Local Columns

The Great Lakes are known for their beautiful coastlines and great fishing and boating. In fact, Lake Erie is Ohio’s number one tourist destination. But more than that, Lake Erie provides drinking water for three million Ohioans and jobs for hundreds of thousands of families across the ...

McCain a genuine American hero

Editorials

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Both parties must work to replace Obamacare

Editorials

If you have a private health insurance policy, would you call your agent and cancel it just because there is a small chance you might find something better? Of course not. That would be crazy. At some point after your policy lapsed, you would be prey for anyone eager to sell you any coverage ...

Addiction recovery needs compassion

Local Columns

How sympathetic are you to another person’s suffering? Do you ever find yourself wanting to help someone with their troubles because maybe you have had troubles and someone was there for you? Or maybe you hate to see someone suffering if there is something you can do to make things at least a ...

Prevalence of Lyme disease a concern

Editorials

A health threat that has been around for several years is becoming more common in Ohio, so area residents should learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Lyme disease is a dangerous illness that is spread to humans through tick bites. Its symptoms include fever, chills, ...

Ohio at center of civility movement

Editorials

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Going to a fair soon? Heed the advisory

Editorials

Fairs are part of the lives of so many of us during the late summer season. The sprawling Ohio State Fair will open next Wednesday. Our own Columbiana County Fair is July 31-Aug. 6. And, of course, the historic Canfield Fair occupies the Labor Day weekend. There are others coming up across the ...

Don’t break reading habits during summer

Editorials

We hope your student is keeping up with promises to read throughout the summer. Now is a good time for a reminder to read throughout summer break. Doing so keeps young brains sharp and in training for the lessons ahead in classrooms. We hope students in the house are keeping up this summer. If ...

Reform bill setback postpones inevitable

Editorials

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solid against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill. But the setback has merely ...

Investigate all Russian influence

Editorials

Of course contacts between Russian officials attempting to influence last year’s presidential election and those around President Donald Trump need to be investigated. That would be a perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Moscow’s meddling in our affairs. It is strange — ...

Stamp out corrupt defense spending

Editorials

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...