Opinion

Keep predators out of society

Editorial

Mandatory minimum prison sentences and life terms for habitual offenders are being reexamined by some in the criminal justice system. It is no coincidence that such discussion is occurring at a time when many corrections facilities are overcrowded. But one category of habitual criminal ...

Driving distractions can become deadly

Editorial

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month nationwide and a good time to put down that cell phone Cell phones aren’t the only things that can distract a driver. The list includes water bottles, the radio, foods just purchased at a drive-through or the family dog sitting on the driver’s ...

Compromise on gas hike seems about right

Editorial

t appears motorists filling up in Ohio will be paying more for their gasoline and diesel fuel. State legislators and Gov. Mike DeWine reportedly have negotiated a compromise on higher fuel taxes. If it is enacted, another 10.5 cents per gallon will be added to the state tax on gasoline. ...

Health care changes still sorely needed

Editorial

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Hazing remains a national problem

Editorial

Whatever it takes to stop vicious, dangerous hazing by college and university fraternities needs to be done — by both higher education officials and law enforcement agencies. Another disturbing report came out this week, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There, a student said he was ...

The JOBS Act will connect Ohioans to good-paying jobs

Local Columns

With the help of new pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief, the economy is growing and many businesses across the state are expanding their operations and putting “workers wanted” signs in their windows. We are experiencing both job gains and the strongest wage growth ...

Serving Ohio’s children better

Editorial

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has proclaimed April as the “Month of the Young Child” throughout the state. Reportedly, he wants to use the time to draw attention to his multiple initiatives intended to make children’s lives better. There is much to do, starting with making the lives of some ...

Words of praise for East Liverpool City Hospital

Letters To The Editor

To the editor: My husband recently spent 12 days in the care of East Liverpool City Hospital. He had been in declining health and sadly passed away while hospitalized. In the past decade or more, he had been hospitalized in several far more prestigious hospitals. The care that he received ...

Smollett case smacks of clearcut favoritism

Editorial

Television actor Jussie Smollett lied when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago, police maintain. They say he used two accomplices to stage the assault, in a bid for publicity he may have hoped would help his career. Yet, Smollett will serve no time behind bars ...

Despite report, threats exist to our democracy

Editorial

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. We now know there was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the ...