Editorial

O’Malley barely dents college cost

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has made his bid for college student support in his campaign for president - and as so often is the case with claims by politicians of all ideological persuasions, it collapses under scrutiny.O'Malley, a Democrat, laid out his plan during a visit to New ...

Leave Iran arms embargo in place

Iran's extremist, militant leaders are well on their way to being told, in effect, to go and sin no more. And oh, by the way, no one will be watching very closely for misbehavior in the future.Emboldened by U.S. officials' capitulation on several issues regarding their nuclear weapons program, ...

Highway funding a priority

Often, gridlock in Congress results when some lawmakers object not to the primary purpose of a bill, but to some unrelated "rider" placed in it.Such amendments to worthwhile, uncontroversial bills often are used as methods of advancing unrelated proposals that stand little chance of enactment ...

Keep young motorists safe

Young Ohio drivers face a few more restrictions now that a law has gone into effect that changes the conditions of their probationary licenses. Beginning July 1, drivers under age 18 were no longer allowed to drive with more than one non-family member in the vehicle, during their first year of ...

Cracking down on all those crooked officials

Perhaps the most important person in the Department of Veterans Affairs is retiring, leaving behind a long list of critics. Some say he did not do his job well enough. Others dislike him because he did it too well.Robert J. Griffin is retiring after 43 years in government, most recently as ...

Fund roads, not unneeded studies

Often it seems as though government searches out ways to throw away money. Take, for example, the Appalachian Development Highway System, established 50 years ago, to help our region through improved infrastructure.Back then, the government planned to build 3,571 miles of four-lane corridors ...

Some things to consider this holiday weekend

While talk is made by modern Americans about the need for a new constitutional convention, we doubt that could produce anything that would come close to the lasting and enduring document that has guided the United States since 1787.We think considering the wisdom and sacrifice of the founding ...

Spirit of 1776 continues to live today

We cannot describe the spirit of freedom any better than the men who created the document which led the nation toward the actions which we celebrate today.The UnanimousDeclarationof the Thirteen UnitedStates of AmericaWhen, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to ...

Play it safe with fireworks

We understand traditions, but some of them can be dangerous. Take for instance fireworks and the Fourth of July.Many of us have handled fireworks, setting them off in our backyards - it's what we're supposed to do on holidays, at least that's what some people believe.We don't.We say leave the ...

Play it safe on area waterways

It seems as though it rained every day in June, and it doesn't appear to be ending soon as the wet weather is expected through the holiday weekend.We ask one simple request: Be cautious if 4th of July plans involve any of our area waterways.According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, ...