Opinion

Adultitis epidemic

Local Columns

If you ever have been advised to nurture the little child within, you might have no trouble at all following this article. This week an email arrived in the old inbox. (All business is not transacted at Facebook, you see.) The topic: Adultitis. If your first thought on hearing this is ...

Let constituents decide Dem endorsement

Editorials

Ohio's Democrat Party leaders have endorsed former Gov. Ted Strickland as nominee for a U.S. Senate seat without bothering to consider whether that may be the choice of Democrat voters.But what may be more surprising is that the party machine believes Buckeye State residents have forgotten the ...

Tax Freedom Day later every year

Editorials

Bad news about taxes for Ohioans came out this week, but don't blame local and state officials. It is not their fault.Each year at about this time, coinciding with the April 15 deadline for most people to file income tax returns, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation releases figures on how much it ...

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Letters to the Editor

Business owner laments lack of workersTo the editor:My husband and I were both born and raised in Columbiana County and are very proud of our surroundings. We are small business owners. We cannot find help.I have noticed all over the county many help wanted signs in many businesses. What is up ...

Congress must end VA stonewall

Editorials

True public servants are frowned upon by some in the federal bureaucracy. Anyone daring to rock the boat by going public with evidence of malfeasance risks retaliation.Regardless of laws intended to protect whistleblowers, it takes a good deal of courage to be one. Government employees are all ...

Police can’t sit on evidence for years

Editorials

Ohioans should be pleased impressive progress has been made in clearing up a gigantic backlog of old evidence in rape cases. They ought to be angry thousands of sexual assaults were not handled expeditiously in the first place, however.Though safeguards were put in place late last year to ...

Broken promises: Ohio should consider revoking casino credit

Editorials

Legalized casino gambling in Ohio has followed a trail worn well in other states.First, promise voters enormous riches if they approve table gambling and electronic slot machines. Second, convince state officials to grant tax breaks so casinos can compete against gambling meccas in other ...

Tsarnaev must be held accountable

Editorials

"The devil made me do it" was a popular line by comedian Flip Wilson in the 1970s, but it fails miserably as a defense in a terrorist's trial.Indeed, normal people aren't driven to kill in the name of God, politics or nationalism, so something makes them do it. In the case of Dzhokhar ...

Getting ahead: Looking at a county resource

Local Columns

There are problems in this county, some more challenging, more difficult to overcome. And there are people, programs and resources to help combat those problems. But too many people are unaware of those things that can help lift them out of poverty.Sondra O'Donnell has been facilitating Getting ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Thorns to the ongoing downtown crumbling building(s) saga. It has virtually hijacked our front page (no ransom note yet but we expect one). And, no, there isn't any truth to the rumor that an entire city block will end up being razed. At least we think so. Saddest is that the city will get ...

Taking the lead in Washington

Editorials

Human trafficking, often making children and women serve as sex slaves, occurs right here in West Virginia and Ohio. As Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., points out, more needs to be done to prevent it.Local and state authorities play a major role in that, obviously. Often, it is they who ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Recently I became aware of a practice of some credit card companies which I found troubling.I recently sent my Mastercard bill in the mail by check with the balance paid in full. I mailed the payment eight days before the due date on the statement.Imagine my surprise when I ...

Ohio lawmakers need to find more funds for roads

Editorials

In approving $7 billion in transportation spending for the next two years, Ohio legislators also agreed they need to find better ways to fund projects such as highways and bridges. A joint legislative task force was formed to look into the matter.Specifically, the lawmakers will be considering ...

OSU president’s affordability plan skips time issue

Editorials

Too many plans to "make college more affordable" do nothing of the sort. Typical are nearly all such initiatives in Washington, which merely shift the burden of paying for higher education. For example, President Barack Obama's suggestion community college be "free" would be covered by ...

Going PC could destroy elite units

Editorials

T ry as we may, Americans cannot overcome biological realities. Ignoring them in the name of political correctness - of unscrupulous politicians seeking votes by pandering to certain groups of people - can have disastrous consequences in some situations.One of them involves elite military units ...

Senators should reject UN climate treaty, save economy

Editorials

President Barack Obama has made a formal commitment at the United Nations, that the United States will slash greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 28 percent - by 2025.Doing that would devastate the U.S. economy. But Obama seems not to care.Just a few years ago, U.S. senators rejected one of ...

National parks need support

Editorials

When Americans want to impress foreign guests, we sometimes take them to national parks. It often works; people from abroad frequently are awed by the natural beauty and historic significance of our many parks - and impressed that we as a people have preserved them.But often, we seem more ...

Episodal poverty is very common

Local Columns

What is poverty?It has been said, "There is no disgrace in being poor but it is very inconvenient." And, "Money doesn't buy happiness but it does make misery easier to bear."Poverty can strike anyone at any time. Nobody knows what is waiting around the next bend in the road. Episodal poverty ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Thorns to the entire mess surrounding the TanFastic building. Literally and figuratively. Enforced accountability should have been enacted months and months ago. Businesses have been impacted and the image of the downtown takes a hit. "It's killing downtown," lamented a retail owner. And, let's ...

Obama gets free reign on energy

Editorials

President Barack Obama seems determined to deny Americans access to reasonably priced gasoline, natural gas and electricity generated from coal.Why does Congress refuse to stop him? Do lawmakers who have blocked attempts to rein in the president's campaign against fossil fuels think they can ...