Opinion

Hackers dish out expensive lesson for SC county

Editorials

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...

Healing a family through troubling times

Local Columns

Hardship and loss are huge challenges for a family. Parents who have to work many hours to provide for the family, taking them away too long … Someone in the family with mental health issues that affect everyone in the household … Rebellious teenagers trying to find their ways in a world ...

Congress, admit error on AMT

Editorials

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so. That, in a nutshell, explains the alternative minimum tax regulations. So absurd is the AMT that the House of Representatives, in its tax reform bill, ...

Past time for O’Neill to resign

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill wore out his welcome on the high court weeks ago. His seeming inability to understand why anyone might be upset with him makes it clear he is unfit for the office he is seeking now — governor. O’Neill announced Friday he is a candidate for the ...

US needs to look carefully at student loans

Editorials

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The car ...

If Stuart Davis took fee, he should be fired, prosecuted

Editorials

What should happen to Stuart Davis, the chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services? Simple: If he did what the state inspector general alleges, he should be fired, then prosecuted. In his position, Davis makes many decisions on what technologies state ...

Stay tuned for more Democrat spending drama

Editorials

What do immigration law and disagreements over health care policy have to do with ensuring federal agencies have enough money to keep their doors open? Virtually nothing. That did not deter a few Democrats who, for a time, threatened to hold up congressional approval of a major spending bill ...

Congressional figures falling to harassment claims

Editorials

US Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. Just Friday, Rep. Trent Franks, R.-Ariz., quit Congress, over allegations of sexual harassment. So, three members of Congress in the ...

Connected through family traditions

Local Columns

Do you recall your family traditions from the years when you were a child? Times were different then, compared to today, and it seems that a lot of traditions have been lost along the way. But traditions have great value. People are connected in many ways, among which are the memories of things ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for the incredible generosity of folks in our community. Especially during the holiday season and especially designed toward children. In the past two weeks a certain editor visited Gingerbread Day at the Salem High School, Light Up Damascus and the Light Up Leetonia Block Party. A common ...

Limited free speech is a big contraction

Editorials

You may have seen anti-abortion displays similar to that which Students for Life planned to erect on Miami University’s Hamilton campus earlier this year. They feature a number of crosses, with signs explaining each one represents a baby aborted during a specified amount of time. Students ...

Your great idea could save lives

Editorials

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

A sleeping giant was awoken 76 years ago

Editorials

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of mankind. At exactly 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy launched over 250 planes in two waves from six aircraft ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Second Harvest Food Bank serves up gratitude To the editor: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley would like to publicly thank the Arby’s Car Cruise and The Cruisin’ Crew in Columbiana County for their generosity and support. Over the past two years, they collected and ...

In Markle’s ‘Suits,’ the men wear them

Editorials

Meghan Markle, the divorcee from Los Angeles now engaged to Britain’s Prince Harry, is a lovely woman. But though the actress has ennobled herself as an advocate for women, she lives in the public eye as a character on “Suits.” That’s unfortunate, because the cheesy TV series could ...

Why doesn’t tax reform start now?

Editorials

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...

Let’s get more people interested in teaching career

Editorials

Several policy changes being considered by Ohio officials have a clear purpose: Dealing with shortages of trained teachers. More flexibility and less bureaucracy normally are good things in public schools. Educators should be able to concentrate on teaching children, not complying with ...

Full story on campus ruckus

Editorials

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of the ...

What brought you to this moment?

Local Columns

What was she afraid of? “You have never been on your own before.” True enough. She had married young and moved from the shelter of her parents to the shelter of her husband. Times were different then. She had worked a full time job, bought a car with her father as co-signer, and paid ...