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Opinion

Analyzing complexity of our school system

Local Columns

It's the onset of fall and that means, as it does every year, that school is about to start. This is a process we take for granted.Because we take it for granted, we underestimate its complexity. But the sheer size of the undertaking is mid-boggling. Here in the United States, our K-12 public ...

Kayla Mueller’s courage deserves medal of freedom

Editorials

American Kayla Mueller went to the Middle East because she wanted to help people. As a result, she was captured by Islamic State terrorists. For many months she was a sex slave to IS?leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Enduring horrors simply unimaginable to most people, Mueller still tried to help. ...

If Hillary so great, why Gore rumor?

Editorials

Rumors last week that former Vice President Al Gore was considering another run for the White House said something about Hillary Clinton's candidacy - and it was not good.Gore, 67, narrowly lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. A substantial number of admirers have hoped since ...

Demolishing church is an injustice

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The former West Point United Presbyterian Church, one of the most historic buildings in the county, is slated for demolition today. This is a travesty and an injustice to the county, the community, the public, families of deceased buried in the cemetery, and all board members.When ...

Colorado ‘mistake’ investigation needed

Editorials

If there are any doubts that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an arrogant agency run amok, recent events in Colorado should lay those doubts to rest.The EPA, investigating potential contamination as part of a cleanup of the former gold mining area of Southwestern Colorado, set forth ...

Social Security in need of repair

Editorials

Virtually all Americans rely on the Social Security program or will once they reach the age at which they need income to replace paychecks they no longer receive. No wonder the system has been referred to as the third rail of politics - any president or member of Congress touching it dies ...

A variety of reasons can cause addictions

Local Columns

There is a group of women who meet at Fleming House. Recovery is so important to them that they are willing to wait to get into the Intensive Outpatient Program because it offers them hope. This out-patient program meets nine hours a week for up to 10 weeks and the participants are referred to ...

Pot scheme pot of gold if voters fall for con

Editorials

Pot - marijuana - will prove to be a pot of gold for 10 investors if Ohio voters fall for the most brazen scheme to come down the pike in many years.After a false start with too many invalid signatures on petitions, a group calling itself ResponsibleOhio appears to have found enough legitimate ...

Will EPA take responsibility for Colo. mine spill?

Editorials

A coal company guilty of releasing 3 million gallons of mine wastewater into a river would be in deep trouble with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A small- to medium-size firm probably would find its survival threatened.But the culprit behind such a release affecting New Mexico and ...

The meaning of Trump and his appeal

Editorials

I is perhaps time to stop wondering what The Donald's got that the others ain't got.What he's got is conservative America's number, which has less to do with policy or political purity than with an evolutionary tic that's been developing for decades.It also has little to do with social issues, ...

Keep politics out of state school board

Editorials

In retrospect, it seems incredible that Ohio voters in 1953 believed an elected state board of education would keep politics out of the administration of public schools. But enough of them did that the constitutional amendment they approved that year both established the state board and ...

Serious concerns about Ohio’s school leadership

Editorials

Action taken by Ohio Board of Education members a few days ago is an indication of serious trouble in the state's public school hierarchy.Board members signed a letter recommending that state school Superintendent Richard Ross hire an outside investigator to look into whether Ross was involved ...

Ohio must better fund roads, bridges

Editorials

Ohio seems to do a better job of maintaining highways and bridges and finding money for new ones than some other states. Still, trouble may be on the horizon.During the next two years, the Buckeye State will be $11.6 billion short of what is needed for highway and bridge needs, The Road ...

Case of missing boys in Atlantic raised questions

Editorials

The judgmental quality of Americans, enabled by the relative anonymity of social media, reared its head during the past several days as a search for two missing teenagers droned on off the waters of the southern U.S.Rather than expressing worry for the boys or sympathy for the families, there ...

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist Sometimes you stumble over some information that causes a light to come on, an epiphany of enlightenment that makes some difference in your perceptions. Have you ever heard of the term ‘three-dim

Local Columns

Sometimes you stumble over some information that causes a light to come on, an epiphany of enlightenment that makes some difference in your perceptions. Have you ever heard of the term 'three-dimensional parenting"?The three dimensions of parenting are:Somewhere between demanding and ...

OUR READERS WRITE…

Letters to the Editor

In support of the coal industry in OhioTo the editor:Here in Ohio, coal has been a driving force for decades. It provides good paying jobs, and stable employment for hundreds of workers across the state, and contributes critical funds to the state economy every year up until now that is. The ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for those filing to become candidates in the upcoming election. The democratic process is reliant on proactive citizens who want to serve. Presumably for the cause of the general populace and not because of a personal and slanted agenda. Then there are those who often have the loudest ...

OUR READERS WRITE…

Letters to the Editor

More funding needed to combat Alzheimer's diseaseTo the editor:Several years ago, following retirement from my medical practice, we were living on 68 acres of land, operating a bed and breakfast. My wife and I became aware of some unusual symptoms I experienced related to memory loss and ...

Trump’s bully pulpit can serve a purpose

Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump is rapidly devolving into the guy America loves to hate. We think he's bringing an element to the presidential election that needs to be there in that Trump isn't afraid to discuss virtually anything.And he's not afraid to be politically incorrect or just plain boneheaded in his ...

Obama going after natural-gas fueled power too

Editorials

During the past couple of years, Americans worried about how they will pay their electric bills in the future have had one consolation: natural gas. Though it is substantially more expensive than coal for power generation, at least there is plenty of it and the technology to use it is refined ...