Opinion

Don’t blame police for Charlottesville death

Editorials

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Kim’s nuclear threats risk millions of lives

Editorials

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Need ideas to fight opioid addiction

Editorials

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. If there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s ...

Unleash energy-fueled economic stimulation: FERC must act now!

Local Columns

It is truly an honor to serve hard-working Ohio families as their member of Congress, particularly at a time when we have an incredible opportunity to reignite our nation’s economic engine.  With smart policies, we are gradually getting various sectors of the economy, such as energy, back ...

Moms-to-be and addiction present special needs

Local Columns

Every day there are women who make the decision to stop abusing substances. Most women who use illicit drugs don’t plan to become pregnant. They may not even know they are, and those early weeks of pregnancy are crucial as the baby’s organs are developing. However, when she is addicted to ...

Taxpayers pick up tab for sports cars

Editorials

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Don’t be scammed over unclaimed funds

Editorials

The adage “don’t trust strangers” certainly applies here. We recently received an alert that we gladly would like to pass along. According to the report, the Division of Unclaimed Funds is warning Ohioans about a website claiming a fee must be paid to have their missing money returned. ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Minimum wage increase would bolster middle class To the editor: What has happened to America’s middle class and working families? America came out of the Great Depression and built the greatest middle class the world has known. Using our own hard work and government to open up ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Unhappy with choice of art teacher for Salem students To the editor: The Salem School District middle schools, Buckeye and Southeast, recently had an art teacher position open. Candidates applied, the middle school principals interviewed. In the second round of screening for the position, ...

Rethink how thrill rides are inspected

Editorials

Apparently undetected by anyone, rust had been eating away at the inside of a steel support beam on the Fire Ball ride erected at the Ohio State Fair last month. By July 26, the rust had done its deadly work. A young man was killed and seven other people were hurt when the Fire Ball flew ...

Poor vetting of Ryan’s staffers brings concerns

Editorials

US. Rep. Tim Ryan’s office should have more properly vetted its shared information technology, or IT, staffers before welcoming the workers already being used by other Democratic members of Congress. Former Ryan staffer Hina Alvi is named in a criminal complaint against her husband, Imran ...

Avoid withholding crime-fighting aid

Editorials

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to withhold ...

Still plenty of work to clean up VA swamp

Editorials

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate last week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Teen depression increases risk of cannabis-use disorder

Local Columns

There are people who believe marijuana has beneficial effects on health. There are some who say it isn’t as bad for people as regular tobacco products, and insist it’s just the government controlling the substance for whatever reason. There are even some people who think it is OK for teens ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for reports we have had throughout the summer regarding the lack of the punk factor at our city parks, especially Centennial Park. Last summer the foul language, disrespect for authority and criminal behavior kept citizens away from our parks. It was a big issue we often publicized. ...

Election commission not seeking secrets

Editorials

Whether you agree with them or not, some complaints by President Donald Trump’s political opponents are based on disagreements about very real policies. But as the left’s hysteria regarding Trump grows, a few of his foes have found it necessary to invent concerns with no basis in ...

Crackdown on MS-13 has been long overdue

Editorials

MS-13 is one of the most vicious criminal organizations in history. All one needs to know about MS-13 is that its preferred method of killing is to use machetes, axes and knives to hack victims apart slowly. Not infrequently, the group’s targets are children. Last week, President Donald ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Suggests holistic approach to health care To the editor: We should have a choice of our health care. My choice is holistic (homeopathy medicine). It is as old as the hills of West Virginia. I choose it. It’s the old-fashioned way most of us grew up with. It’s safer, healthy and a lot ...

Do business tax breaks really pay off?

Editorials

Rarely do the politicians make major economic development announcements without having to concede that tax incentives were needed to make them happen. It happens frequently at both the local and state levels. But are taxpayers getting our money’s worth? Or are we just padding the profits of ...

Human gene editing offers peril, promise

Editorials

Little Charlie Gard has passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...