Opinion

Ending predation by the powerful

Editorial

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers (D-Mich.) “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

Learn from Pearl Harbor generation

Editorial

Many of those who were witnesses to Dec. 7, 1941, are gone now. Certainly those who were old enough to fight after the attack on Pearl Harbor are leaving us quickly. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 550,000 of the 16 million Americans who fought in World War ...

FDR’s words on Pearl Harbor remain powerful

Editorial

The words President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered to a joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, remain as powerful and meaningful today as they were when they were first spoken some 76 years ago. Americans were stunned and still reeling from the news that Japanese forces had attacked ...

Limiting free speech bans it

Editorial

You may have seen anti-abortion displays similar to that which Students for Life planned to erect on Miami University’s Hamilton, Ohio, campus earlier this year. They feature a number of crosses, with signs explaining each one represents a baby aborted during a specified amount of ...

Concern on debt is long overdue

Editorial

Many members of Congress who have opposed tax relief as approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. How reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that — finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the ...

Not amused by comedian

Editorial

Comedian Kathy Griffin is feeling persecuted. Too bad. She has no one but herself to blame. Too many entertainers seem to have forgotten that people pay well to see, watch and listen to performances they consider, well, entertaining. In Griffin’s case, some people thought for years she was ...

Prevent violence among juveniles

Editorial

We have seen plenty of senseless violence committed by and against children, right up to and including murder. Fortunately, the carnage has not reached the level here it has in some other places. A few nights ago in Cleveland, someone opened fire on a group of people standing on the sidewalk ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the East Liverpool police who are sending citations to drivers on Route 11, only yards away from the 70 mph sign. THANKS, writes a reader, to Blue Line Solutions for giving me another reason to avoid Route 11 in East Liverpool and using alternative roads, leading me ...

Stay safe while hunting

Editorial

Deer hunting season is in full swing in both Ohio and West Virginia and, already, a fatal accident has occurred. It happened last week in Wetzel County, W.Va., where a 20-year-old New Martinsville man died. Hunting safety is a simple matter of common sense: Don’t shoot at something if there ...

They’re terrorists

Editorial

One wonders what ever happened to using the English language honestly. Consider reports of atrocities committed by groups such as ISIS, al-Qaida and Boko Haram. Often, news stories describe them as “extremists” or “militants.” It happened again last week, after at least 235 moderate ...