Opinion

Use tragedy to review law limits

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking Ohio lawmakers to consider abolishing the state’s statute of limitations for sexual assault. His inspiration is the revelation that the late Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused nearly 180 male Ohio State University students between 1979 and 1998. Though it is a moot ...

This is one long war we are losing

Editorials

America’s longest war — neither Vietnam nor Afghanistan — shows no sign of even winding down, much less ending. To the contrary, the death toll may continue to increase. Veterans of military service rightly point to the Vietnam and Afghan wars as the longest, in most respects, in U.S. ...

Plan now for declining population in the US

Editorials

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic and political issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that the ...

June designated Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month

Local Columns

My mother called. By the sound of her voice I knew something was amiss. “What’s the matter, Mom?” “The doctor wants to talk to you.” She stammered a bit. The rest came out in a cry, a sort of sob, “He says I have Alzheimer’s.” For a moment I couldn’t hear anything from ...

Respecting those today who earned it

Editorials

“The old general returned to the scene of battle, Where the great war had been fought, Once more he recalled the devastation, And the carnage that was wrought. As he walked among the white crosses, He remembered the sacrifices made, Deep inside he wonders now, Was it all worth ...

Today is a day to pause and respect the sacrifices

Editorials

“Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Fading light, dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. Thanks and praise, for our days, ’Neath the sun, ...

Watch out for cyclists on roadways

Editorials

The unofficial beginning of summer is less than a week away with Memorial Day. Flowers are beginning to come out and so are motorcycles. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported there were 3,317 motorcycle-related traffic crashes in 2018 ...

Memorial Day message: We will never forget

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There have been moments in the 38 years of my military career that will forever be etched in my memory. None of them are more memorable than the day in 2012 when I stood on an airport ramp while the flag-draped caskets of three of our fallen Ohio Army National Guard Soldiers ...

Memorial Day message: We will never forget

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There have been moments in the 38 years of my military career that will forever be etched in my memory. None of them are more memorable than the day in 2012 when I stood on an airport ramp while the flag-draped caskets of three of our fallen Ohio Army National Guard Soldiers ...

Rethinking death penalty in Ohio

Editorials

It is one thing to argue about the basic morality of capital punishment. But there should be no controversy about putting to death people so mentally ill they did not understand that murder is wrong. Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would amend capital punishment statutes. It ...

What went wrong for so long at OSU?

Editorials

Dr. Jelly Paws,” some Ohio State University athletes called him. It was a reference to the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ habit of groping their genitals and engaging in other forms of sexual abuse. Dozens of OSU officials, both inside the athletic department and in university administration, ...

American patience comes with limits

Editorials

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Passion for WB Schools prompts a run for BOE seat

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Last July, I went to a meeting at West Branch that changed my life. It was a community forum about the financial future of West Branch. It got inside my soul. I love this school and the people that make this school a place I want my child educated. I love the experiences and ...

Changing school takeover system

Editorials

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...

Teen pregnancy on the decline

Local Columns

Parenting is challenging for those who believe they are prepared and ready for it. But sometimes things happen. Sometimes things happen to teens who still are children themselves. “I didn’t think it would happen to me,” said a teen mom. The baby’s father assured her that she could ...

Recognizing real heroes when they are among us

Editorials

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord is to be dedicated as a site ...

Remind Kim with whom he is dealing

Editorials

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets ...

May is skin cancer awareness month

Local Columns

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, I want to share the following information as we observe Skin Cancer Awareness Month. You may know about melanoma—the deadly skin cancer that more than 96,000 Americans, ...

Energy supply chain is strong

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Sometimes we forget about all of the downstream jobs that are created when a company builds a new facility, but Rick Shrum's recent article ("Buzz palpable surrounding Shell cracker in Pa.," April 11) really brought those benefits to light. Not only will the new Shell cracker ...