Editorial

Don’t be fooled by threat

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Clinton right on North Korea talks

Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action from ...

Providing kids with alcohol can be deadly

Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from acute ...

Pay attention, slow down, live

After three fatalities on a section of Interstate 64 in southwestern West Virginia, where construction work is occurring, Gov. Jim Justice ordered the Division of Highways to do more to prevent accidents in that area. Now the grim challenge has hit much closer to home. Last Monday, a ...

No abuser should be above the law

For some time, we wondered in print why sexual predators such as former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein got away with their misdeeds for so long, when their crimes seemed to be open secrets. It may be that something of an answer is being provided by Eric Schneiderman, who just resigned his post ...

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 ...