Opinion

Ending DACA would be absurd and inhumane

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Diversity is what makes us great. Our different cultures, ideologies, lifestyles, and beliefs makes up our country. They are our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and part of our country. They own business and work to help the American economy. I am talking about the Deferred ...

Are there still Quakers around here?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Many people remember mention of Quakers in American history in school. Quakers settled Pennsylvania. Quakers worked for public education and prison reform. Quakers were part of the Underground Railroad. Then somehow Quakers disappear from the history books and people think ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for honest sales associates, clerks and cashiers. That is, all the many of those who upon finding personal property belonging to a customer that was lost or misplaced — like cash lost in a shopping basket by a certain (blush) editor — do the right gesture by putting it away until ...

Vote ‘yes’ for the passage of Issue 1

Editorials

Voters often struggle when it comes to the ballot. They can be torn between supporting a certain candidate or issue. That is understandable. We have all wrestled with such decisions. That shouldn't be the case with one particular vote that you will cast. Voters in Ohio will face a ...

Living better often means living longer

Editorials

We are all acutely aware — especially those of us well entrenched into our advancing years — that it's not just about life itself but about quality of life. None of us have control over unforeseen events that can happen to any of us health-wise. Dreadful things can happen regardless of ...

Recovery can become a reality for those in need

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Oftentimes, individuals who experience a mental and/or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and/or substance use disorders. In fact, ...

China’s new oil limits won’t stop NKorea’s military machine

Editorials

China’s announcement Saturday that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

Happy birthday to Pittsburgh International Airport

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Happy birthday, thanks and congratulations. Pittsburgh International Airport is 25 years old (Oct. 1, 1992). Thanks for the “open arms” and “rolling out the red carpet” to this then inquiring geography teacher — the summer of 1991. A casual visit to the second ...

Rebuild Puerto Rico but maintain oversight

Editorials

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...

September is National Suicide Awareness Month

Local Columns

You might not be able to understand why anyone would want to take their own life. In retrospect, the daughter saw the red flags her father had given. How many times had he said he couldn’t go on like that anymore? He was so ill for so long. But they would talk and he would keep facing each ...

Maduro’s Venezuela starving, collapsing

Editorials

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations Tuesday did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. That ...

‘Resist’ crowd turns against Democrats

Editorials

For a fleeting second or two, it might have seemed possible to feel sorry for House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Or not. Pelosi’s problem Monday was of her own making. During an appearance in her home district, San Francisco, on Monday, Pelosi and a couple of ...

What’s diplomacy solved with NKorea?

Editorials

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Misleading numbers on ‘clean’ energy jobs

Editorials

Ohio has the second-highest number of renewable energy jobs in the Midwest (behind Illinois), according to Clean Jobs Midwest 2017, a collaboration between Clean Energy Trust, an investment group, and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit comprised of business groups and investors. In ...

Feds have role to play in building trust in police departments

Editorials

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Don’t pay for motor vehicle freedom with your very life

Editorials

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on … ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Our Constitution requires defense

Editorials

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. Each year on Sept. 18, we celebrate Constitution Day. It is both a time for us to marvel at what our ...

Building resistance and healing

Local Columns

The babyboomer generation and the generation preceding the boomers can remember the prosperity of post World War II through the mid-1970s. They recall the Economic Malaise of circa 1980 that pitched many families into poverty, seemingly overnight. The steel mills padlocked their doors. Such a ...

Standing up to the bullies

Editorials

We have never met Adam Jenyk and his wife, Chaelsie Adkins. They may never even read this opinion piece, seeing as how they live in Niles. But we would like to thank them. For standing up against the trolls and the grossly ill informed flourishing throughout social media. Our sister ...

Fighting opioid crisis in Ohio

Local Columns

In Ohio, at least 12 people die each day due to drug overdoses. If a terrorist attack happened daily in one of our cities or villages killing a dozen people, we would be up in arms. Sadly, losing 12 people each day in Ohio to drug overdoses has become our new normal. For many, the origins of ...