Opinion

Clear the backlog in Ohio Medicaid

Editorials

While it is always tempting for new administrations to throw their predecessors under the bus as problems are discovered, it appears there may be some reason for Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran to be frustrated. There is a backlog of more than 70,000 applications from Ohioans seeking ...

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive could use your help

Editorials

"Fill a bag. Help feed families." That's what the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been doing for over a quarter century. The 27th drive will be held Saturday. Over the past 26 years, letter carriers have collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food. It is ...

Redrawing the lines for Ohio lawmakers

Editorials

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

It’s time for release of Ohio State report

Editorials

It is easy to understand why Ohio State University officials have not yet released a report on their investigation of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, despite the fact it has been a year since his misdeeds came to light. Strauss, who had been a doctor working with some of OSU’s athletic teams, ...

Older Americans Month: What is elder abuse?

Local Columns

Every year FRC provides information relating to Older Americans Month which is observed during the month of May. As I read reliable resources regarding elder abuse, I learned that there are diverse definitions for the term “elder abuse.” There is no definitive definition. Laws vary from ...

Some facts on the matter of global warming

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Al Gore says it is simply physics: the CO2 molecule absorbs heat. He also states that “more people have been killed by air conditioners than by terrorists.” There are three states of matters: solid, liquid and gas. The closer the molecules are to one another, the more ...

Seeking levity: A note to West Branch Elementary Staff

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I'm sure when you woke up that first day in September you never would have expected what was to come your way this school year. You were probably stunned when you found out halfway through the year that you and most of your peers would be getting a new title — that is of ...

Beaver Local BOE president asks for support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am asking for the voters of the Beaver Local School District to please vote “yes” for the renewal levy on May 7. This levy has been in effect since 1994 and will cause no gains to voters’ taxes. The monies are budgeted on a daily basis to purchase items that are ...

Protecting those who protect us

Editorials

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Violent Islamic terrorism is a worldwide scourge

Editorials

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Make Ohio enticing to big businesses too

Editorials

Ohio state Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, is excited about the record number of new businesses being established in our statemore than 13,700 new filings in March alone. That is part of a long trend of increases in new business filings, for which Obhof hopes to give credit to tax ...

Day of Prayer provides opportunity for reflection

Editorials

Americans of all faiths will gather today to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Held on the first Thursday of May, the event has been set aside as a day to ask for the help of a higher power for our communities, our states and our nation. The annual event has been held nationally ...

Urges support of the Crestview School District

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As residents of Crestview School District for over 40 years, it’s always been impressive how our rural community has stepped up in support of all fundraisers, attendance of plays and events, and sporting events. Rebel pride is strong here. Local realtors know that Crestview ...

Urges support of the Crestview School District

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As residents of Crestview School District for over 40 years, it’s always been impressive how our rural community has stepped up in support of all fundraisers, attendance of plays and events, and sporting events. Rebel pride is strong here. Local realtors know that Crestview ...

Bipartisanship not dead in Congress

Editorials

Some political scientists say Congress has become a cesspool of partisan politics. Democrats and Republicans view every issue strictly from their party leaders’ viewpoints, it is said. Constituents’ best interests take a back seat. Not when U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod ...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Local Columns

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to share information about alcohol misuse. This year’s theme is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” Alcohol use disorder is “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse ...

Warren, Dems offering up the goodies

Editorials

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

Thoughts on schools like West Branch and taxation

Local Columns

I am thankful to have this opportunity to add a few thoughts to the recent information provided regarding the upcoming ballot initiative impacting West Branch schools. Before those of you who have no dog in this fight move on to another story, my comments relate to everyone who will need to ...

Trump’s attempt to save image did more harm

Editorials

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

Brown’s comments full of divisiveness

Editorials

During his visit to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station last week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, was touting the Democratic talking points by blasting away at President Donald Trump’s attempt to find border wall funding. Brown called the president’s latest proposal to redirect federal ...