Editorials

Notre Dame loss so much more than stone, timber

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

Have a very happy and joyous Easter weekend

Good morning and a very glorious and happy Easter weekend to all of you. It is a very special time for sure. We would like to acknowledge the social groups, businesses and churches holding or having already held special events like egg hunts and related activities for children. For ...

It should never hurt to be a child

Researchers say child abuse appears to go in a cycle. Children who were abused as a child or witnessed violence between their parents tend to repeat the abuse or violence as an adult. April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month and a good time to question why child abuse even exists. It ...

Lawmakers will have to make tough cuts

Ohio lawmakers have a tough job on their hands, as Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget proposals exceed mandatory spending growth limits and must be cut. Budget advisers also are expecting revenue collection to be lower than DeWine anticipated. There are a lot of good, necessary spending projects in ...

Limitations will come with ‘Medicare for All’

Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

Cohen keeps playing the political games

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded guilty ...

Limit options when dealing with Venezuela

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. Many Americans feel sympathy for them. But there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help the Venezuelans. Thus far — at least, to the ...

Limit options when dealing with Venezuela

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. Many Americans feel sympathy for them. But there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help the Venezuelans. Thus far — at least, to the ...

With spring comes call for caution

Spring flowers and trees are starting to bloom, and so is the annual spring appearance of orange work-zone barrels. This past week marked National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, an annual event designed to remind drivers to be patient, slow down and pay attention in road construction areas. ...

With spring comes a call for caution

Spring flowers and trees are starting to bloom, and so is the annual spring appearance of orange work-zone barrels. This past week marked National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, an annual event designed to remind drivers to be patient, slow down and pay attention in road construction areas. ...

Release facts about spying claims on Trump campaign

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress this week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Fed judge: Firearms limits can be harmful

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California ...

Organ donors give gift of life

Do you know someone who has received a liver, a heart or, maybe, a cornea or kidney transplant? We do. Chances are you do too as organ donations in the United States are continuing to grow. More than 35,000 were performed during the past year. However, thousands and thousands more await ...

State should pass along plate savings

Alone among states in the region, Ohio requires car and truck owners to purchase and display license plates on both the rear and front of their vehicles — but not for long. A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Mike DeWine increases vehicle fuel taxes in Ohio. State taxes will go up to ...

Gas hike compromise about right

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

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

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 ...

Despite report, threats exist to our democracy

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

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 ...

Report should be released with redactions

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 ...