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Editorials

Transparency needed with church scandals

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore last week. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who is archbishop of the Galveston-Houston diocese, is ending a three-year term as ...

Study the starting times for schools

More and more, we insist that government needs to solve all our problems and do it right now. State legislators sometimes cave in to such demands and, all too often, the result is ill-considered new rules. There is general agreement among many experts in the health of children that too many ...

Recognize heroism from World War II

Heroism virtually unimaginable for most of us was commonplace during World War II. Four hundred seventy-two men and women performed deeds so courageous and selfless that they were honored with the Medal of Honor. Just two of those representatives of the Greatest Generation remain among us ...

Adoption: Making an impact

Though perhaps better known for founding a fast-food restaurant chain, the late Dave Thomas was also one of the Ohio’s most high-profile adoption success stories. Now, the foundation that bears his name is celebrating a milestone: more than 1,000 successful adoptions from foster care in Ohio ...

Enforcement tools are needed in ‘Tyler’s Law’

Ohio lawmakers have taken necessary measures to strengthen safety inspection standards for amusement rides, and the move is important for residents who want to be able to enjoy themselves at our fairs and festivals without the worry of a dangerous malfunction. It should not be the last ...

Stay positive as EV future unfolds here

We, like most residents of the region, had been hopeful that General Motors would return to auto making here in Lordstown after ending production in March of the popular and well-built Chevy Cruze. Sadly, last month it became very clear that wasn’t going to happen when the corporation and ...

Get out and vote on Tuesday

Election Day is near and we encourage all who are physically capable to do so to get out and vote. Veterans Day is also near. Thousands and thousands of American military patriots died to preserve our right to vote — our right to exist in a democracy. If that alone doesn't compel you to go ...

Sex crimes must not be swept away

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. She ...

Encourage reading at home

Ohio education officials are looking forward to a $42 million federal grant, which will be spread over five years, to improve child literacy. It is an important effort, as literacy is the foundation for the rest of an education. According to the state department of education, the money will be ...

Legislators should be the lawmakers

The group pushing for a statewide referendum that could overturn Ohio’s nuclear bailout law says it won’t turn in petitions by Monday’s deadline. That political action committee calling itself Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts had until Monday to turn in 265,774 valid signatures from ...

ResultsOHIO could be a funding solution

The idea that if we just throw enough taxpayers’ money at a problem, it will go away was discredited years ago. Yet we continue to try that approach, probably wasting billions of dollars nationwide that could be put to better use. Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague’s office may be trying ...

Science proves rethinking issues finds new answers

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Don’t promote opioids despite alternatives

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

Debate is on about personal liberties and gun control

Nothing Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine proposed Monday has not been discussed previously, in one form or another. That makes it certain that the governor’s agenda will be the subject of sustained, sometimes fierce, debate. Personal liberties and gun control are the subjects, after all. After a ...

Voters do their part in ‘purge’

Possessing the right to vote carries with it responsibilities as well as a great privilege. During the past few months, more than 40,000 Ohioans have recogized and acted upon that. Like chief election officers in many other states, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has recognized the need ...

Preventing suicide among our children

Public schools already are overwhelmed with mandates requiring them to devote time and resources to special initiatives. Now, the Ohio House of Representatives wants middle and high schools to do more to prevent suicide among children. Do we really need that? Judge for yourself: Suicide is ...

Intimidating those active in politics not acceptable

Attempting to intimidate people who are taking active parts in politics is not acceptable. Period. It appears to be happening in some areas of Ohio, however. A bill signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this year is at the root of the problem. Known as House Bill 6, the measure will ...

Balanced energy policy is needed

Fans of “alternative energy” — more on the quote marks in a moment — have begun worrying aloud about President Donald Trump’s aversion to wind power. They fear it will affect federal energy policy. It should not, of course. You may remember that under the previous administration, ...

A lot to debate with ‘red flag’ gun seizures

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...

More is needed to keep tobacco away from teens

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...