Opinion

Defending free speech is critical

Editorial

Ohio State University officials are in a tough position. They have been asked to allow “white nationalist” Richard Spencer to speak on campus, but have said no due to safety concerns. “White nationalist” is the currently accepted term for someone we used to call a racist. No doubt ...

Keep pressure on the rapists

Editorial

Two men indicted in Cleveland this week might have escaped justice but for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s campaign, launched few years ago, to devote more resources to analysis of thousands of “rape kits” that had sat on law enforcement shelves for years, even decades. The two men ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the parents who don’t seem to care about their attire as they drop their kids off at school or the bus stop. Get yourself together. Try modesty. The ELHS Choir issues a big THANKS to those businesses and individuals who gave so generously to make the Oct. 19 pasta ...

Assume the worst with school threats

Editorial

Misbehavior by juvenile males sometimes is excused with the claim that “boys will be boys.” But when a certain line is crossed — and threatening to attack students in a school clearly is on the wrong side of it — adult punishment is merited. Jefferson County authorities took a male ...

Collecting child support payments

Editorial

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Avoiding the drive to DMV

Editorial

A trek to the Division of Motor Vehicles office can be a time-consuming, frustrating experience. First, one has to get there. Just two DMV offices serve West Virginia residents in the Northern Panhandle— Weirton and Moundsville. Once at the DMV office, one has to wait in line before ...

Get politics out of state redistricting

Editorial

The first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice of setting legislative district ...

Reports of Petty’s death raise issues

Editorial

Tom Petty, a rocker with roots going back decades, died Oct. 2 at age 66. His loss was one felt across the world of rock music, from fans to fellow artists. He had a sound that was instantly identifiable, music that became ingrained in the mind after hearing a song just once, and a ...

Giving counties share of bounty

Editorial

One reason many Americans are upset with how federal lands are administered in Washington is that when there is money to be made from them, little or none of it goes to local communities. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) is aimed at changing that. Johnson has introduced ...

ELO: One year later

Local Columns

A little over a year ago, a spotlight was shining brightly on our city from around the world. The secret of opioid addiction was no longer. The city administration and police department decided to take a stand against heroin and opioids like no one ever had. Releasing the photo of that boy ...