Opinion

School safety requires enforcing all the laws

Editorials

High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...

Writes in support of Judge Ashley Pike

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: You will be hard-pressed to find anyone more interested in politics than myself. But, there is a limit to political influences and that limit is set in judicial proceedings. We are not talking Supreme Courts or constitutional issues. We are talking local courts, dealing with ...

Tillerson’s exit good time to drain swamp

Editorials

His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well why President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...

African trophy species need legal protection

Editorials

President Donald Trump is under fire over a board created to advise him on how to protect certain African animals that are in decline, in part because of hunting. Critics say too many of the panel’s members are trophy hunters. At issue are rules for importing the heads and hides of African ...

Bringing recognition to a widespread disease

Editorials

March is National Kidney Month. It is a good time to think about your kidneys. Unlike other organs, kidney disease often shows no sign of early symptoms. Most people are not even aware they have kidney disease until it reaches the later stages, including kidney failure. The American Kidney ...

Culture collision

Local Columns

“Does your grandson speak Japanese?” a Japanese American was asked. No, she replied, but he understands it. “My friend’s 9-year-old son is fluent in Polish,” another woman noted. “His grandparents immigrated to the United States from Poland.” Remarks from the discussion ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for kind people. As related by David Sprouse of Salem: "Today I was lined up to get my truck washed. I got pulled up to take my turn. I went to put my money in and was having a problem with the machine taking my money and was going to back out of line but couldn't due to the line behind ...

Keep our national parks affordable

Editorials

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing: Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Implement work rule for Medicaid

Editorials

Any suggestion that recipients of public assistance bear some responsibility for their own well being is resisted fiercely by many liberals. It is more important than ever, however, as the big-government crowd seeks to expand the number of people who rely on taxpayers. Now Ohio officials are ...

Congressional candidate echoes voices from the past

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The day after the deadly mass shooting of 17 school kids on Valentine’s Day, I began a self-imposed Hunger for Justice Lenten Fast, a combined spiritual discipline and political protest, during which no solid food was taken from sunrise to sunset for all of Lent, including ...

Kasich follows a simple process

Editorials

Gov. John Kasich made his last state-of-the-state speech Tuesday, taking the show on the road as has been his custom, this time going to his longtime home, Westerville. He spoke at length of honor and courage, especially in light of the recent shooting deaths of two Westerville police officers ...

Passage of bill could help slow addiction

Editorials

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The two have ...

Someone failed as VA problems continue

Editorials

Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA during ...

Social workers help community

Editorials

Social workers work in the community every day, helping the less fortunate and those in need. March is National Professional Social Work Month, and the theme this year is “Leaders. Advocates, Champions.” There are more than 650,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated ...

Bullying: Making a safe environment for everyone

Local Columns

By CATHY BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist Can a safe, healthy environment be created for all students, straight and LGBT? Bullying is an issue everywhere but are you aware that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders are at greater risk of being bullied? The state of Ohio ...

Ratings prove interest in Oscars wanes

Editorials

Regardless of the Twitter war between President Trump and Oscars telecast host Jimmy Kimmel, the unavoidable fact is found in a statistic: The TV ratings for the Oscars show fell by about 20 percent from the 2017 broadcast, marking four consecutive years of decline. Political climate is but ...

NRA (No Rational Accusation) to blame

Local Columns

For argument sake, let us just imagine for a moment that the school shooting tragedy in Florida was the fault of an inanimate object, the AR 15. Or the fault originates from the ability of American citizens, who law abiding, to acquire such an object. The question then becomes, how did an ...

Opioid addition to crack cocaine is yet another threat to abusers

Editorials

As if the opioid crisis isn’t already serious enough, now drug dealers are enterprising to draw even more users to these highly addictive drugs. They are doing this by adding opioid-based fentanyl to cocaine. Families, first responders and, yes, even users, need to be aware of this deadly ...

Trump right to impose tariffs on the flood of steel imports

Local Columns

Washington is certainly a contentious place these days. And President Trump has undoubtedly been a lighting rod for partisan squabbling. But despite the rough ride in the nation's capital, the American people may find reasons to agree with at least one effort undertaken by the Trump ...

Rich hit harder by reduced tax breaks

Editorials

Contrary to what you have heard from the liberal tax-and-spend crowd, federal tax reform championed by President Donald Trump is not a big break for the rich. In fact, while tens of millions of Americans are beginning to see substantial tax cuts in their paychecks, many of the wealthy will pay ...