Editorial

Do more for troubled children

Are we doing enough to identify children coping with emotional upheavals before they harm themselves and others? Obviously not. On Monday, an 8-year-old student took a knife to school in Sauk Rapids, Minn. He slashed three other children before an adult disarmed him. All three victims ...

Join the effort Saturday

The annual citySweep — the community’s 21st annual effort as spearheaded by Heritage Thermal Services — takes place Saturday. We have been encouraged by the community involvement in previous campaigns and encourage participation in the event once again. The collection of household ...

NAS does translate to child abuse

Babies born with opioid drugs in their systems can experience excruciating pain as their tiny bodies go through withdrawal. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, as it is called, can have lasting, adverse effects on the children’s health and intellectual development. It happens because their ...

Broadband plan good for Ohio

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband Internet service in Ohio may have its bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state — including here in rural sections of our area of the state — is ...

Time to connect Pittsburgh with Columbus

It was the spring of 2011 when the idea of the Pittsburgh-to-Columbus highway corridor went into hibernation. After several years of work involving politicians from the state level, business and local politicians across seven counties in Eastern Ohio and economic development leadership, the ...

Ryan has served his country well

Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has rendered very valuable service to his fellow Americans during his 20 years in Congress. His role has been especially valuable during the past year and a half. Ryan (R-Wis.) revealed Wednesday he will not seek re-election. He said ...

US surgeon general gets involved

Last week the U.S. surgeon general did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Here in Ohio and ...

Spending bill: Look at it again

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly ...

Task force a top priority

By an enormous margin, most health care professionals in West Virginia are honest, dedicated to the well-being of those who need their help. But the possibilities are nearly endless for that tiny minority determined to build their own wealth by harming patients and ripping off ...

Don’t leave allies behind to suffer

Syrian President Bashar Assad is secure in his position, with the support of Russian military might. The Islamic State organization in Syria has been nearly wiped out. It is time for U.S. troops to be pulled out of the country. There is no good reason for the 2,000 or so of them in Syria to ...