Opinion

Time to limit asset forfeiture

Editorials

When asset forfeiture power was added to the tools law enforcement agencies have several years ago, some people applauded the move.Then they began hearing of what can only be considered abuse of the authority. It has become clear limits are needed.Asset forfeiture allows law enforcement ...

Reducing tests in Ohio schools

Editorials

Some Ohio legislators seem to be welcoming a recommendation that standardized testing in public schools be reduced. Many lawmakers have heard complaints from parents, students and teachers about the amount of time devoted to such examinations.But is less testing the best thing for students?If ...

Reducing tests in Ohio schools

Editorials

Some Ohio legislators seem to be welcoming a recommendation that standardized testing in public schools be reduced. Many lawmakers have heard complaints from parents, students and teachers about the amount of time devoted to such examinations.But is less testing the best thing for students?If ...

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Letters to the Editor

Ohio needs to continue Extended MedicaidTo the editor:A little over a year ago Ohio made the wise choice and decided to extend Medicaid Health Insurance Coverage to some of the most vulnerable citizens. For the sake of those individuals and our community, Ohio needs to continue the Extended ...

GUEST COLUMN: Impressions of the real situation in Afghanistan

Editorials

The terrorist ordeals in Paris have certainly captured the attention of the world, and rightfully so. I feel fortunate to have had the experience I'm having here in Afghanistan as it has me between the two worlds that "Je Suis Charlie" represents.I've had more than a passing interest in Islam ...

Selma, 50 years on

Editorials

On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America?"Selma," a film focused on the police clubbing of civil rights marchers led by Dr. King at Selma bridge in March of 1965, is being denounced by Democrats as a cinematic slander against the president who passed the Voting ...

GUEST COLUMN: Salvaging children from broken education system

Editorials

News about the present and future of American K-12 education continues to be discouraging. But a series of effective out-of-school programs is creating a glimmer of hope. If we focus on these, thousands of children can be salvaged from a broken system.First the bad news (culled from three ...

Obama tries to plug region’s energy boon

Editorials

American ingenuity and hard work have tapped an energy bonanza that is helping to dispel the last vestiges of the "Great Recession" while boosting local and state economies in several areas, including ours. As predicted, President Barack Obama's reaction is an attempt to make it more difficult ...

Don’t forget, cops killed in Paris too

Editorials

M uch has been written, and rightly so, about freedom of the press and the 10 French journalists killed in the Jan. 7 massacre at the Paris office of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper.But what of Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro? They, too, were killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack. Very ...

Why did US officials stay away in Paris?

Editorials

By the dozens, world leaders flocked to Paris to join a march in solidarity with, well, civilization. They joined as many as 1.3 million French people upset and angry about Islamic terrorist attacks on a newspaper and a food market catering to Jewish Parisians.French leaders in the front line ...

Pelvic exam, Pap test are critical for women

Editorials

Nearly everyone knows that October is breast cancer awareness month.Much less known is the month set aside to raise awareness of cervical cancer, which happens each January.It's something to which we want more women in our community to pay attention, regardless of what month it is.The Centers ...

Aging gracefully: A few facts of life

Local Columns

You can't do anything about some things, like getting older. It's going to happen to you regardless of what you think or how you react to it. Face it with grace. Embrace it. Keep a stiff upper lip and stand firm. Think of the most gracious, awe-inspiring older person you have ever met, the one ...

Terrorists won’t silence the press

Editorials

We Americans are a cynical, irreverent people. Except for a few of us who have succumbed to political correctness, we tolerate - even encourage - severe verbal attacks on our political leaders. We laugh at and often are prompted to think about satire directed at them, our social customs, even ...

Reaction to Ebola needs reevaluated

Editorials

Remember Ebola? For a few weeks last year, the disease was the big story in the news. It has become an afterthought for many Americans, however.U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., probably reinforced that attitude after returning from a trip to Liberia, one of the West African hot spots for Ebola. ...

Learning more about coverup

Editorials

Within days of the August 2012 sexual assault of a 16-year-old Weirton girl by two Steubenville football players, allegations were made that school officials tried to cover up the crime. Nearly a year and a half later, the public knows very little about what really happened.Former Steubenville ...

Someone must pay for the giveaways

Editorials

From "cash for clunkers" to expansion of the Medicaid program, President Barack Obama has made government giveaways a hallmark of his administration. Last week he added a new goodie: free community college educations.Obama wants two-year college educations to be, in his words, "as free and ...

Time for good, hard look at Ohio schools

Editorials

Many local school districts do a reasonably good job of ensuring that students graduate from high school. But in some areas of the state - unfortunately, big urban school systems where failure is measured in terms of hundreds and thousands of young people - that is not the case.Ohio's House of ...

Boehner has plenty of support in House

Editorials

Much is being made in the press - and in Democrat circles trying to ignore the message voters sent in November - about an alleged rebellion among Republicans in the House of Representatives.It amounts to much ado about nothing strategically important to GOP leaders.At the heart of the matter ...

Bureau of Prisons owes explanation

Editorials

For years the private prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America on Youngstown's north side has relied on public contracts to fund the housing of federal inmates.When word came Dec. 29 that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons would not renew its contract when it expires in May, the prison ...