Editorial

Policing online charter schools

After many years in which Ohio’s charter school regulations were, to put it charitably, a mess, one might suppose state officials would have gotten things straightened out. Alas, no. With the dust still not settled regarding one charter, the online Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, state ...

‘Useful idiots’ deserve blame

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

Resources vital to battling drug abuse

Here in our area, the Ohio River is but a thin dividing line on one critical problem — drug abuse. West Virginia continues to have the highest overdose death rate in the nation, but Ohio has gotten worse. Between our two states, 6,219 people died of drug overdoses during the most recent ...

Crack down on illegal dumping

Lines we hear on television crime shows do not include “Drop the broken-down couch” or “Step out of the tire-filled dump truck and put your hands up.” Few law enforcement officers beg for transfers to the anti-dumping unit. Cracking down on illegal dumping is not very glamorous or ...

Approve library levy

Voters in Hancock County face a variety of difficult decisions in Tuesday’s primary election. They will have to select members of the county board of education, as well as nominees for important local, state and federal offices. There is one very easy choice to make, however. It is whether ...

Dictator’s strategy is puzzling

What sort of game is North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un playing? The question became more difficult to answer during the weekend, in the wake of an historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A spokesman for Moon told reporters Kim assured the South Korean leader he ...

Priorities are in order

Bernhard Langer is not among the ranks of professional athletes and entertainers whose careers come first. The 60-year-old German has had quite a career as a professional golfer. He has won 36 events and collected about $25 million. But on May 24-27, he will not be in Benton Harbor, Mich., ...

Take advantage of early voting

Voting in the May 8 primary election may be too important to delay until Election Day. The early balloting process in Ohio and West Virginia, open to any registered voter, can take care of that. Early voting has proved to be very popular. It is convenient because, for a period of about two ...

It’s not whether you win or lose …

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...

City effort toward TJX a home run

The city of East Liverpool seemed to begin a full out blitz almost immediately after it was announced TJX HomeGoods had pulled its proposal to locate in Lordstown. We like the effort. TJX, which owns HomeGoods, Marshalls and TJ Max retail stores, is looking to construct a distribution ...