Opinion

Provide gift of life, loving home

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: Six months ago, County Commissioners and designated employees seized operation of the Hancock County Animal Shelter. Before that, the Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation successfully managed the shelter for nearly 20 years, and during its tenure it gained the confidence and ...

CMHA backs the blue

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: The Columbiana Metropolitan Housing Authority would like to commend the East Liverpool Police Department and Chief John Lane for its outstanding service to the community in general and Fawcett Apartments in particular. Recently, a disturbed individual threatened the safety of ...

Looking for a way forward

Editorial

The nation is witnessing the liberal left go through the stages of grief on the national stage. In the immediate aftermath of the Trump victory on Nov. 8, there was shock and disbelief. That quickly turned to anger, a constant stream of gallows humor at best and hurtful comments among ...

Stopping terrorists living among us

Editorial

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators last week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

Overhaul the agency that serves veterans

Editorial

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Find new plan for redistricting

Editorial

Surely Ohio legislators can do the same thing for the state’s congressional districts that they did for themselves in 2015 — find a more nonpartisan method of redistricting in reaction to population changes. Republican leaders in the General Assembly reportedly have little interest in ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

THANKS, writes a reader, to the Chester Water Department and a few helpers for repairing a water break at 2nd Street and Carolina Avenue the day before Christmas. Good job crew, as always. THANKS, writes a reader, to the two gentlemen who came to my aid a couple weeks ago. I struck ...

Keeping troopers available

Editorial

Jan Cahill will step into something of a hornet’s nest when he becomes superintendent of West Virginia State Police next week. During a time when the substance abuse crisis is taxing the resources of law enforcement agencies at every level, Cahill will be asked to do more with ...

EPA nominee off to a good start

Editorial

Last month, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he was encouraged by the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At the time, Morrisey said he believed the nomination would mean good things, and he was optimistic ...

Refine, don’t scrap grades

Editorial

West Virginia’s new A-F system for grading public school performance is disliked — virtually universally — by educators. Many would love to see it go away. In truth, the program has many flaws. Assigning grades based on a bell-curve system may be justifiable by statisticians, but it ...