Opinion

Don’t blame police for Va. violence

Editorial

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Bigotry intolerable

Editorial

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds and ...

Radioactive waste storage plan vital

Editorial

Former President Barack Obama’s scuttling of the all-of-the-above energy policy our nation needs included a move most people in our region probably did not notice. Give Obama’s vendetta against coal and other fossil fuels, that is understandable. But in 2010, Obama abandoned work on a ...

US Post Office needs flexibility

Editorial

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Musty and the Water Nymph

Local Columns

Sitting in our favorite chairs at the Crawdad Club last evening, Wilson Hahn and I had just begun an interesting discussion of merits of slate for gravestone carving when Musty Groves burst into the room and collapsed into the chair beside us. “Bring me a Scotch,” he groaned to ...

Unleash energy-fueled economic growth: FERC must act!

Editorial

It is truly an honor to serve hard-working Ohio families as their Member of Congress, particularly at a time when we have an incredible opportunity to reignite our nation’s economic engine. With smart policies, we are gradually getting various sectors of the economy, such as energy, back on ...

Inventing ways out of epidemic

Editorial

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. It there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s ...

Corrupt officials need punished

Editorial

It appears all of Bruce E. Kenney III’s ill-gotten gains are going up in smoke, courtesy of U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. in Wheeling. In addition, Kenney, 61, will have 21 months behind bars to think about the error of his ways. Good. Kenney may have committed only a ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the idea of erecting a warehouse/building first without a company/business to occupy it. THANKS, writes a reader, to the Tapco Electric Co. in East Palestine for the wonderful job they did at my home. The two young men were very polite and respectful. SPANKS, ...

Improve the inspection of thrill rides

Editorial

Apparently undetected by anyone, rust had been eating away at the inside of a steel support beam on the Fire Ball ride erected at the Ohio State Fair last month. By July 26, the rust had done its deadly work. A young man was killed and seven other people were hurt when the Fire Ball flew ...