Editorials

Trump should just consider a discussion with Beijing

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such ...

Once a Quaker, always a Quaker

Bob Sebo is a true American success story. Acting on an idea, he founded a fledging payroll company in the mid-70s. From a modest start with just four employees it grew into a giant — today boasting 12,000 employees dealing with billion dollars of business across the United States. Call it ...

We must also hold employees responsible

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

Back-to-school means back to safety basics

It’s that time of year again. Children of all ages will be making their way to and from school every day. Some of them are walking, some of the older ones might be driving, and many are taking the bus. Do your part to keep them safe. Parents should of course remind their kids to behave ...

Most puzzling is what drives mass murderers

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding — as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has — that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick ...

Preventing even more mass murders

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton and El Paso committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been suggested by ...

DeWine’s gun proposals should be debate topics

Gov. Mike DeWine wants Ohio legislators to consider new limits on firearms ownership. They include more background checks for gun buyers and potential power by courts to restrict access to weapons by those thought to be threats. It never hurts to talk about whether existing laws can be ...

Safety tips for college-bound students

Schools will be starting soon across Ohio and although when it comes to safety and students, the first thought — and certainly merited — usually regards the safety of younger children. But older students will be off to college soon. And their safety should be a consideration especially ...

Good neighbors watch out for one another

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling — about 60 miles due west from Salem — are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was ...

Richard E. Kaufman Jr.

EAST PALESTINE — Richard E. Kaufman Jr., 81, a longtime resident of East Palestine, died at his home Wednesday. He was born Oct. 7, 1937 in Millvale, Pa., a son of the late Richard Sr. and Clara Sallach Kaufman. He was a graduate of the New Waterford High School. He worked as an Assembler ...

We must first learn why mass murderers kill

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered at least 31 people in Dayton and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

Not jumping to militarize communities is the right call

In what sounds as though it might have been, shall we call it, a difference of opinion between Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, Gov. Mike DeWine was roped in about the best way to handle an escalation in violent crimes in the city. In fact, Deters ...

Make drug abuse crisis villains pay

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are…” In reply, a sales representative for ...

Obama was harder on immigrants

Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...

Time for Ryan to turn his attention back to Congress

The presidential bid being carried out by Trumbull County’s own Tim Ryan for the last few months has generated quite a buzz locally. Since traveling to New York City to announce his bid in April on national television, the longtime congressman now has appeared on stage in two national ...

Voter rolls must be kept up to date

Ohio’s Secretary of State’s office has received 20 requests so far for its list of those whose voter registrations will be subject to a purge of the rolls in September. That is a good thing, but Frank LaRose’s office is hoping for more requests. Access to the list of names will give ...

States must maintain control of local elections

U.S. senators last week were told the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report on Russian ...

Congress should move to save miners’ pensions

Retired coal miners and their families receive little enough from the pension program they and their companies supported for many years. Taking even that away as a result of government action ought to be viewed as unacceptable. Yet unless Congress acts, which many lawmakers have been ...

Release all records from the drug crisis

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Fairs are a wonderful part of our heritage

There's no glitz, glamour or full scale high-tech wizardry used to awe which seems to be needed — or felt it is needed — in this day and age of providing entertainment. There are no fancy 21st century version whistles, horns or gimmicks involved. No, the summer fairs in our area like the ...