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Editorials

U.S. should be a good neighbor

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Moment worth memorializing

It was a quiet moment in baseball history, yet it’s been called the handshake of the century. And now the Mahoning Valley could be home to this symbolic sign of racial equality and respect. A larger-than-life bronze statue will commemorate the inspiring 1946 handshake of Jackie Robinson, ...

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' ...

U.S. should consider a new asylum policy

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Collaboration good for citizens of Ohio

Politicians are accused often of being too loyal to their respective party lines to work together effectively. Indeed, it sometimes seems as if officeholders are more interested in protecting their own bureaucratic turf than in efficiency on behalf of the public. But in Ohio, two state ...

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 ...

United States shouldn’t meddle in Iran oil woes

In comparison to this country, Iran has some of the lowest gasoline prices in the world, at about 39 cents per gallon. But they are going up to about 50 cents — and stiff rationing is being instituted. Drivers buying more than 13 gallons per week will have to pay twice the minimum. How is ...

Stay ahead of the curve, but legally

When former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel initiated a program that allowed the state to collect some tax payments via Bitcoin, he touted it as a means to help our state become a leader in embracing new technologies. And it was exciting to think about Ohio being ahead of the curve in technology to ...

Don’t forget fire safety for the winter season

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is reminding Buckeye State residents there is also an increased need for ...

Online teacher right to alert the authorities

Teachers are much more than simply conveyors of knowledge. For many students they truly do serve as guardian, parental figures. That instinct does not change, even for teachers whose classrooms are of the virtual variety. And just as teachers in traditional classrooms find themselves ...

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 ...