Opinion

Base marijuana rules on caution

Editorial

If you are interested in growing marijuana legally in Ohio, now is the time to apply for permission. Rules for cultivators under the state’s medicinal marijuana law have been released. Opinions on the regulations are mixed. Some advocates of medicinal marijuana say the permissible number of ...

Unemployment rate declines for second consecutive month

Local Columns

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate declined for a second consecutive month in March. The county’s jobless rate in March was 6.8 percent, down from 7.3 percent registered the month before, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family ...

State agencies need to trim spending

Editorial

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says government spending will be put “under the microscope” to identify ways to cut the state’s two-year budget by $800 million. Let us hope so. One reason why state revenues are lagging is evidence Ohio taxpayers cannot afford to dig any deeper into their own ...

If you don’t like a law, change it

Editorial

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

Impact of taxes we pay

Editorial

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed (Tuesday, April 18), we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and ...

Entitlement

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: I read a Letter to the Editor stating and talking about what they called “entitlement.” Since when has Social Security or Medicare been an “entitlement?” Many, if not all, older people worked 30-40 years to receive this money. The promise was if you work and pay into ...

Business as usual must stop at VA

Editorial

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Keeping teens safe during prom season

Editorial

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled mistakes ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to those who continue to block the ATM lane on East Fourth Street in East Liverpool. SPANKS, also, to the city’s parking enforcement and other city leaders for not seeing that it is enforced. It’s a shame when even a small car can’t pull in the lane. Notes were ...

Spirit of Americans

Editorial

Seventy-five years ago this week, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...