Editorial

Safety belts really can save lives

News about highway safety in Ohio came with an implied warning recently for travelers everywhere: Buckle up.Highways in general have become steadily safer for several years. But traffic fatalities increased during 2015 in Ohio, for the second year in a row. The State Highway Patrol reports ...

Numbers are good news for Ohio economy

Ohioans got some good news about the economy during the fall, when the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported there were 240,000 job openings in the state. That is the highest that particular measure has been since it was first tracked, in 2011.Even better, the report showed nearly ...

Approve online voter registration

Ohioans can do a variety of things from the comfort and convenience of their homes, providing they have computers with Internet connections. They can send money and get money. They can buy things and sell things. They can obtain mortgages and insurance.But they cannot register to vote.At one ...

Is the science really settled?

Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. If a study is not critical of the fossil-fuel industry, well, perhaps the government had better try again until it gets an acceptable result.In June, the Environmental Protection ...

Drive safely throughout winter season

The winter weather that had seemed to bypass us thus far this season is now upon us.It reared its ugly head in the morning hours on Tuesday, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Well, perhaps not that extreme. But it is here.There were cancellations. Bad road conditions. Traffic ...

2016 brings change in local government

Voters went to the polls in November and let it be known that they wanted change.The outcome left many incumbents on the wrong side of the voting tally - many voted out after years (some decades) of leading their communities.The majority of those ousted from office chose to follow through with ...

North Korean leader has no fear of U.N.

Japan's ambassador to the United Nations warned last week the world body will lose credibility if it does not respond decisively to North Korea's claim it has tested a hydrogen bomb.The ambassador is wrong, unfortunately. The United Nations has no credibility left to lose regarding nuclear ...

Debate not just about firearms

Some observers seemed a bit surprised at Sen. Joe Manchin's reaction to new limits on firearms purchases proposed by President Barack Obama. After all, much of the White House plan has been suggested previously - by Manchin.It is true the senator from West Virginia, along with a bipartisan ...

Ensure officers are informed

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice might be alive today if Cleveland police officers had been told they might be about to confront a kid with a pellet gun. But the dispatcher who sent them did not think to pass along that information from the caller who notified police about Rice.Just two seconds after ...

Pay attention to school buses

A recent accident involving a school bus in West Virginia could have been much worse. Let us hope and pray that thought occurs to every motorist using local roads - because the next time very easily could be worse.It appears there were no injuries in the mishap, though the 19 students on the ...