Editorials

Graduation standard delay does children a disservice

Time and again, officials at colleges and universities tell us we are not preparing our students to attend their institutions. That is fine with them, of course — they get to charge more for extra semesters in which students take remedial courses to get them up to where they should be. ...

Before “blue states’ and ‘red states’

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush's Wednesday funeral, we couldn't help but reflect on how dramatically the nation's political landscape has changed since ...

Brighten Christmas by helping someone

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Meyer’s retirement likely driven by health, scandal

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Yet, at only 54 years of age, he is retiring from his post at Ohio State University. Why? In revealing Meyer’s plan to retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl, OSU officials gave no reason. There has been ...

Ohioans, pay attention to ongoing legislation

Ohio lawmakers are floating some ideas Buckeye State residents might want to watch. Last week, House Joint Resolution 19 was introduced, which would make it more difficult to approve proposed constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot. Rather than a simple majority needed for an ...

Expert advice doesn’t work out as planned

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos in Ohio — predicted that the four locations at the time would generate $1.9 billion ...

Dec. 7, 1941: A date that lives in infamy

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of man. At exactly 7:55 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy struck at Pearl Harbor. And struck hard. The United States' ...

Dec. 7, 1941: A date that lives in infamy

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of man. At exactly 7:55 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy struck at Pearl Harbor. And struck hard. The United States' ...

Ohio lawmakers organize cyber force

Threats to our security come in many forms, but among the least understood are those that occur in cyberspace. From our personal computers and smartphones all the way up to the server banks keeping hospitals running and those holding the secrets of the federal government, hackers can be as ...

Let your holiday spirit shine with decorations

Nobody really looks forward to it. Thanksgiving rolls around and you grab the aluminum extension ladder out of the garage, climb into the attic and haul down boxes of lights and decorations and then freeze outside trying to figure out why one strand of lights won’t work. But, once it is all ...

George H.W. Bush: A good, decent man

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Charter school crisis is not a partisan issue

As Ohio legislators and public education officials continue cleaning up years of mistakes regarding charter schools, precisely what went wrong is not known fully. It is clear much of the fiasco involving taxpayer subsidies for private charter schools was because they was very little ...

Ohio voter rolls should be cleaned up

Claims of “voter suppression” have sunk to new, ridiculous lows in many parts of the United States. Good for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, soon to be lieutenant governor as a result of the Nov. 6 election, for refusing to be cowed by them. Like conscientious chief election officers ...

GM facility, Valley are very marketable

The news about the end to local production of the Chevy Cruze, as United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green put it this week, felt like a “shot in the gut.” The sting was harsh and the recovery will be slow. Every one of our elected leaders from Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill clear ...

‘Tis the season to be leery of telescammers

If you are a senior reading this and own a phone — after all, who doesn’t? — you are most likely pestered, bothered, annoyed (feel free to fill in a more colorful descriptive word) by robocalls. Often on a daily basis. Unwanted annoying calls are like a plague. But it's not just the ...

The Lisbon fire could have been much worse

It could’ve been much, much worse. An early morning fire Sunday in Lisbon captured headlines throughout all media outlets and, of course, dominated social media too. A historic — anything 208 years old would have to be considered just that — building was gutted. Good fortune was had by ...

Don’t let the holiday spirit overwhelm you

The pace of the holidays is starting to speed up. Some people revel in the spirit of the holidays, humming Christmas songs as they go about the holiday preparations. But those who already are stressed can feel a little overwhelmed at the holidays. The constant hustle and bustle of the ...

Brown would have some work to do

Shortly after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Democrat Sherrod Brown said he may consider running for president in 2020. Brown could be appealing to some Democrats, for two reasons. One is obvious: He isn’t Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden or ...

Smoke detectors really do save lives

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

A heartfelt thanks on this special day

There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...