Editorial

Don’t try to hinder free enterprise

Ohio should not join big cities elsewhere in stifling entrepreneurs, not to mention thousands of state residents who want to earn a few bucks occasionally.Ride-sharing services such as Uber have blossomed in urban areas throughout the world. They are alternatives to traditional taxi companies ...

Priorities dangerously askew

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has been described as the world's only super-power. But like a retired heavyweight boxing champion, we don't scare many people these days.President Barack Obama's history of broken promises that the United States will use its military might ...

Reform asset forfeiture law

Few law-abiding resident of Ohio complain when they hear about assets being seized from criminals.But forcing a drug pusher to forfeit his new SUV is one thing. Seizing a car never used in illegal activity from someone who just happened to be related to a hoodlum is another.Asset forfeiture ...

Keeping it away from our youth

Some opponents of legalizing marijuana in Ohio, which will happen if voters approve Issue 3 on the November election ballot, worry it would increase drug abuse by juveniles.Issue 3 backers are dismissive. Why, only adults would be able to buy marijuana, they argue. There would be strict ...

Rep. Boehner earned nation’s gratitude

Hard-right members of Congress got their wish last week when Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will step down - leaving not only his position as one of the most powerful people in Washington, D.C., but resigning from Congress altogether.Now, Republicans must make a very ...

Guarding against online voter fraud

Online voter registration in West Virginia will be available in time for next year's elections. No doubt that will mean a substantial amount of research into the process will begin soon - by those eager to find loopholes by which they can engage in vote fraud.Secretary of State Natalie ...

Displaying disdain for the law

The Associated Press emphasized the following in a story last week: "It is unheard of for a U.N. member state not to oppose resolutions critical of its own laws."But the AP reporter noted that very thing may happen in the next few weeks - and it will be the United States with egg on its ...

Teach our children how to read

Reading really is fundamental. Ohio education officials have recognized that with a step in the right direction - holding public schools accountable for how well they teach young children to read.Not well, it appears.One of the categories in the state's "report card" evaluations of school ...

Healthy weight is up to you

West Virginia's obesity rate is one of the highest in the nation. Along with Arkansas and Mississippi, West Virginia has a population in which more than 35 percent are obese - not just a little overweight, but obese. That is bad news, but it is nothing the state has not been hearing for many ...

Veterans need real watchdog

Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. But they can be a curse, too, and that may be the case at the Department of Veterans Affairs.Far from leading the crackdown on VA officials who fail veterans in need of health care, the ...