Editorial

Playing fiscal shell game

Many observers, especially officials in the 50 states worried about highway funding, applauded action by Congress recently to provide $281 billion in transportation funding during the next five years. Where, some may have wondered, did lawmakers come up with the new money?They didn't, to a ...

Presidential Medal recipient sets an example

Just four of the 17 people who received Presidential Medals of Freedom last week were outside the mainstream - entertainers, politicians and professional athletes - of those who typically receive the nation's highest award for civilians.One - a West Virginian - ought to serve as a role model ...

Don’t let a fire spoil the holiday season

Winter is the peak season for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration.Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of fire during the winter months. Candles, decorations and Christmas trees are other causes of fires in December.The joy of ...

Students did the right thing

During a time when political correctness seems to run rampant on college campuses, at least some students remain courageous enough to use their heads.A week ago, the Youngstown State University community awoke to find a large rock on campus had been festooned with messages promoting the Islamic ...

Standardize evaluations of Ohio schools

A special panel looking at how charter schools in Ohio are evaluated focused on honest, accurate reports on their achievements. That was appropriate, given the fact that earlier this year, the state's top charter school oversight official resigned after admitting he withheld some data that ...

Keeping juveniles out of prisons

Ohioans ought to be proud their state is a national leader in keeping juvenile offenders out of prisons.A national movement toward sending juvenile criminals into community-based programs rather than prison is paying off, according to a new study. It found that juvenile incarceration rates ...

Shop locally this holiday

No matter when you shop during the Christmas holiday season, we'd encourage you to remember to shop locally.Today is the 6th annual "Small Business Saturday," a national movement established in 2010 to support small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.Most businesses ...

Enjoy the spirit of the holidays

There are few things in life that can inspire a magical feeling better than a Christmas parade.It's tough to see the smiling faces of all of the participants and the people who line the streets to watch and not get caught up in the holiday spirit. From the musicians in the area bands, to ...

Be grateful on this day

In a world reeling from the renewed rise in radical Middle Eastern terror activities, the Thanksgiving Day holiday in America should be a welcome respite.For most Americans, it is just that, a time apart, a day for family and reflection on what's good about life.For some, it's a tough day ...

Practice safety and patience

The combination of nice weather, low gas prices and the Thanksgiving holiday should be enough to tell you this: Be cautious on the roadways.The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as today, November 25, through Sunday, November 29.It's been estimated by AAA that 46.9 million Americans ...