Opinion

Drugs not a new problem

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor:A disturbing photograph of a child with his grandmother and her friend who nearly overdosed due to heroin in East Liverpool has made national headlines and put a face on the ongoing heroin epidemic.The vehicle was stopped by the police due to erratic driving. The two individuals in ...

Supply & Demand?

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor:Like most Americans, I am in total shock over our current drug epidemic. What is really scary is there doesn't seem to be a quick fix, but for me I have some issues with just that.For example, we invade Afghanistan, where their primary crop is poppies - from which heroin is derived ...

Facts about the Animal Shelter Foundation

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor:The Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation has done some amazing things, while saving many animals.We believe all lives matter. No animal is "put to sleep" due to space or time limits. "Euthanasia" should not be a primary means of population control. It is not humane, nor is it ...

Riverfest a sure sign fall is here

Editorial

Fall is officially here, and with it an expectation of cooler temperatures and a change in the look of the world around us.It also means a variety of local festivals and other events to celebrate the change in seasons, the autumn harvest and much more from our local communities.Among those is ...

Stop violence involving children

Editorial

Thirteen-year-old children should not die of gunshot wounds. That is such a self-evident proposition that debating it would be absurd.Yet they and even younger children are killed by gunfire regularly in cities throughout the United States. Sometimes they are innocent bystanders mowed down by ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the court system that only permits 180 days in jail and not at least one year, as was with the case involving the "overdosed" grandmother. SPANKS, also, to those who are entrusted to protect the children of Columbiana County for giving custody to the grandmother in ...

Don’t start competing with farmers

Editorial

West Virginia Farm Bureau members recently spoke out about what they believe is misspending and overreach by the state Department of Agriculture that uses taxpayer money to put the government agency in competition with the farmers they are supposed to be helping.Farm bureau officials pointed to ...

Politicians who won’t face reality

Editorial

Less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, residents of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were under attack again over the weekend.A man wielding a knife asked potential victims if they were Muslims and talked about Allah before injuring eight people at the Mall of ...

‘Seat time’ does matter in schools

Editorial

Some proponents of taxpayer-funded charter schools are outspoken critics of public education. But a few, in making excuses for their own failures to perform, sound very much like they are part of the problem, too.State officials in Ohio have begun holding charter schools accountable both for ...

Leadership of Tressel big part of YSU success

Editorial

It is apparent by Youngstown State University's recent enrollment report that President Jim Tressel is continuing to lead the university in the right direction.The university saw a 2.3 percent enrollment increase this semester to 12,756 students. That's the first fall-to-fall enrollment ...