Opinion

Don’t rush tax reform in secret

Editorial

Details of a tax reform bill may be negotiated at the White House privately, with a few Republican congressional leaders, an aide to President Donald Trump has told reporters. Rank-and-file lawmakers of both parties will, in effect, have to wait to see the bill before they know what is in ...

Curbing cost of government

Editorial

It is doubtful any of the 32 Ohio state senators who voted on a budget bill last Wednesday have any desire to make life tougher for low-income Buckeye State residents. But money does not grow on trees, no matter what you may hear from liberals in Washington. President Barack Obama and ...

Repair existing roads, bridges

Editorial

One reason so many West Virginia legislators were dead-set against big tax increases for the state’s General Revenue Fund may have been that they understood the need to raise more money to repair roads and bridges. Fortunately, lawmakers approved that. Funny how people who object to higher ...

Action essential on nation’s health care law

Editorial

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Slow the roll

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: When the social engineers of government (them) pit Americans (us) against one another, they choose a target, personalize it, so too focus angst. With the unwaivering support of the mainstream media they go after that person because if you push a negative hard enough, it will ...

Feeling wronged

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: I would like for someone to explain to me why the Welfare Department has the right to say a person is a bad person because they have a 23-year-old domestic against them. Because of that, he isn’t allowed to see his grandchildren or talk to them. But yet, the welfare left ...

Blessed event

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: I am writing this letter of thanks to the Calcutta Health Care Center and all its employees. They had set aside all their duties and time with their families to hold a fantastic Flag Day Picnic for the families of their patients. This was a very blessed event and it was greatly ...

Reinforcing need for election rules

Editorial

One suspects a certain clique of politicians would be happy if the courts ruled that anyone who demands a ballot ought to be able to cast it during elections, with no strings attached. But there have to be some rules, as the U.S. Supreme Court seems to recognize. High court justices this week ...

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ROUTE 11 ACCIDENT

Local Columns

As truck drivers Clarence Wilkins (pictured above) and Doug Ruby rounded a curve on state Route 11 Friday, they found themselves facing a head-on collision with 75-year-old John Thomas of Youngstown, who was driving north in the southbound lane. With 50 years of driving experience Wilkins, who ...

Protect youth against drowning

Editorial

The hot, muggy days of summer seem to be upon us. With them comes the terrible danger of young people, out of school and with time on their hands, drowning. Before many municipalities built public swimming pools, drownings were quite common. Creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds were the only ...