Editorial

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 ...

Approve bill on treating animals

Obviously, first responders to emergencies such as vehicle crashes and fires should make helping human victims their top priority. Then, if necessary, they can provide medical treatment for injured animals, perhaps beloved pets of the humans involved.No, they cannot. In Ohio, emergency medical ...

Ex-foster children need assistance

About a thousand Ohioans "age out" of the state's foster care network every year. A substantial number are not ready for that.Once young men and women reach 18 years of age, the foster care system is done with them - even if they have lived most of their lives under it. That sudden separation ...

Protecting victims from further harm

Technology has made it possible to learn where just about anyone lives - even when the inquiry is part of a plot to harm another person. Ohio legislators are considering a measure to provide innocent victims some protection by setting up a system of confidential addresses.They would be provided ...

Ridding the world of terrorists

For years, concern about terrorism focused on al-Qaida. Now most westerners view the Islamic State as the primary threat.But on Wednesday, at least 34 people were killed and 80 were wounded by a suicide bomber in Nigeria. He was sent by Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist army that has ...

Get in touch with reality in Congress

Only a handful of people in West Virginia and Ohio would know Charles and David Koch if they met the two on the street. Few care whether the billionaire brothers do well financially or not.But they do care about their electric bills. They do worry whether their jobs will be erased by federal ...

Will we fight or be victims?

French President Francois Hollande is absolutely correct: Civilized nations, even those with long, sometimes bitter records of rivalry, must unite if we are to destroy Islamic terrorism.But Hollande was, in effect, asking a question: Do nations capable of dealing with the barbarians have the ...

Anti-liberty politicians

After a terrorist attack, it's natural to ask: What can politicians do to keep us safe?One thing they could do is actually focus on keeping us safe rather than devoting so much time, energy and hot air to the many things government does instead of protecting lives and property.My state's ...

Helping offenders after their release

Officials and staff at the Oakview Juvenile Residential Center in Belmont County have every right to be proud of a recent evaluation by the American Correctional Association. Oakview earned a perfect score, 100, in the ACA examination.But as ACA official Michael Radon pointed out, it is time to ...