Opinion

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Local Columns

“Sexual assault and domestic violence co-occur in many relationships,” says Nickie Ostick, outreach coordinator for the Christina House domestic violence program. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and abuse is an ongoing problem. “As a domestic violence services provider, the ...

Encourages others to view the movie ‘Unplanned’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The movie, “Unplanned” is showing from through Thursday, April 11, at the Regal Cinema South, 7420 South Avenue, Boardman, located near the Holiday Inn. Show times are 1:30, 4:15, 6:45, and 9:30 p.m. today through Wednesday and at 1:30 and 4:15 p.m. Thursday. Although it ...

Gas hike compromise about right

Editorials

It appears motorists filling up in Ohio will be paying more for their gasoline and diesel fuel. State legislators and Gov. Mike DeWine reportedly have negotiated a compromise on higher fuel taxes. If it is enacted, another 10.5 cents per gallon will be added to the state tax on gasoline. ...

Hazing remains a national problem

Editorials

Whatever it takes to stop vicious, dangerous hazing by college and university fraternities needs to be done — by both higher education officials and law enforcement agencies. Another disturbing report came out this week, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There, a student said he was ...

Serving Ohio’s children better

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has proclaimed April as the “Month of the Young Child” throughout the state. Reportedly, he wants to use the time to draw attention to his multiple initiatives intended to make children’s lives better. There is much to do, starting with making the lives of some ...

The JOBS Act will connect Ohioans to good-paying jobs

Local Columns

With the help of new pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief, the economy is growing and many businesses across the state are expanding their operations and putting “workers wanted” signs in their windows. We are experiencing both job gains and the strongest wage growth ...

Despite report, threats exist to our democracy

Editorials

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. We now know there was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the ...

Smollett case paints picture of favoritism

Editorials

Television actor Jussie Smollett lied when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago, police maintain. They say he used two accomplices to stage the assault, in a bid for publicity he may have hoped would help his career. Yet, Smollett will serve no time behind bars ...

Hepatitis A: National outbreak affects Columbiana County

Local Columns

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised of a hepatitis A outbreak that affects people who use drugs and people who are experiencing homelessness across the country. “In this outbreak,” said the CDC, ...

Report should be released with redactions

Editorials

Attorney General William Barr should have no doubt in his mind about what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report: Release it. Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Barr makes the report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national ...

‘Us’ is comfortably uncomfortable

Local Columns

“Us” is writer-director Jordan Peele’s sophomore outing. And it’s a doozy. This follow-up to his Oscar-nominated “Get Out” is a rabid, manic film filled with murderous doppelgangers and potent themes. It’s a haunting medley of horror and levity that shapes an unforgettable ...

More probes of Mueller report will serve no one

Editorials

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it, and at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

Judge: School’s rule for girls to wear skirts breaks law

Editorials

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina charter school promoting traditional values engaged in unconstitutional sex discrimination by requiring girls to wear skirts, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard ruled that Charter Day School can’t enforce the skirts-only ...

Address infrastructure reform from top to bottom

Local Columns

Almost no single issue better personifies Washington gridlock than the sorry state of America’s failing infrastructure. Our roads, bridges, ports, airports, water treatment plants, waste disposal systems and electricity grids are individually and collectively crumbling. There’s unanimous ...

It’s time to stop criticism of the late John McCain

Editorials

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn, well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects. McCain was, like ...

Ban smoking in cars when kids are riding

Editorials

Many Ohio legislators are concerned enough about the lives of the unborn pushing for a ban on abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Surely such compassion extends to protecting the health of children after they are born. Lawmakers can do that by enacting state Senate ...

Controlling HIV can extend life expectancy

Local Columns

Many of our older population can recall the fear and panic of the awareness of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency virus (AIDS) in the early 1980s. HIV-AIDS terrified people because there was no cure, and the most a person with HIV could expect was about three years ...

Let Trump’s love of Fox News work for us

Local Columns

If you’ve wondered how to get the president’s attention on issues near and dear to you, just ask United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green or former Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro. They seem to have figured it out. Here’s a hint: Fox News. You know by now that President Donald Trump ...

Making clean coal a Green New Deal

Editorials

Regardless of what you may hear from leftist members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable ...

First Lady stresses the needs, values of all kids

Editorials

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking a lot about a problem — but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump this week breaks the mold. Mrs. Trump called a meeting Monday at the White House of the Interagency ...