Editorial

Look into FBI’s air surveillance

Claims of "black helicopters" spying on us for the government are not just wild conspiracy theories, it turns out. Although the truth may involve blue Cessnas rather than dark-colored helicopters, the federal "eye in the sky" is very real.As we have reported, an Associated Press investigation ...

Fund transit, not studies

A debate in Ohio is highlighting two problems: one, the pitiful level of money available for public transportation in the state; and two, the apparently bottomless fund for studies and reports.Gov. John Kasich requested a relatively small $1 million increase in public transportation spending ...

IRS not cooperating

Hopefully, the Internal Revenue Service official in charge of transparency has nothing to hide. We use the qualifier because, well, this is the federal government.But if the IRS is squeaky clean, why did it refuse to send that functionary to testify before members of the House of ...

IRS bears unique duty to taxpayers

Thieves stole about $5.8 billion from the Internal Revenue Service in 2013, by taking tax refunds due to people whose personal information they used to make the claims. The haul for this year (the IRS has not released 2014 numbers yet) will be substantial, too - because IRS officials did not ...

Making roads safer in Ohio

A substantial number of traffic accidents are caused by "distracted driving" by those using cell phones -often for texting or other activities requiring them to take one or both hands off the wheel. Ohio has a law against it, but it has done little to curb the problem.Current law makes texting ...

Rethinking plan to defeat Islamic State

U.S. officials should rethink how military assets are being used in the fight against Islamic State terrorists, President Barack Obama said Monday. A first step in being more effective that way will be giving Iraq more powerful anti-tank weapons, the White House revealed.Really? Iraqi forces ...

Turning the tassels begins a new journey

Here's a quick message for our area's 2015 high school graduates: Life isn't easy.Believe us, we know.This world of ours has its stumbling blocks, and you're sure to confront many as you travel the paths placed in front of you.Yes, you'll still have the support of those closest to you - your ...

Expose waste at local level

Thanks to whistleblowers and government inspectors general, taxpayers often are alerted when state and federal officials spend our money wastefully. Stories about "fact-finding" trips that are no more than junkets and lavish spending on hot-tub equipped hotel rooms at "training" conferences ...

VA officials not held accountable

Why are top leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs not firing bureaucrats by the dozens? That may be the question some veterans were asking during Memorial Day weekend, as one more VA scandal made headlines.Just before leaving Washington for the holiday, leaders in Congress got the VA ...

Terrorists are winning in Iraq

Contrary to what some commentators are saying, Islamic State terrorists' conquests of the Iraqi city of Ramadi do not raise questions about U.S. strategy to defeat the vicious group. They merely emphasize that a worry present for many months is growing.Many Iraqi troops abandoned weapons, ...