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Make charter schools more accountable

May 29, 2016 One online charter school in Ohio informed students they had to be logged onto the institution’s website for only 60 minutes a day. Another had just 16 full-time students, not the 57 it claimed. more »»

Keeping school officials honest

May 28, 2016 Being drummed out of your profession in disgrace may not be enough punishment for public school officials caught lying about student achievement and attendance. more »»

Foster parents can make a life special

May 27, 2016 May is Foster Parent Awareness Month, and it is a good time to thank those foster parents who open their hearts and homes to children. more »»

Taking a stand for their rights

May 26, 2016 High school students are encouraged to do something about bullying. Last Sunday, graduating seniors at East Liverpool High School did just that. They recited the Lord’s Praye. more »»

Monopoly on GED tests needs to end

May 25, 2016 Ohioans who did not obtain conventional high school diplomas should not have to pay an arm and a leg to obtain an equivalency certificate. more »»

Spend wisely in disease research

May 24, 2016 Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions late. more »»

Closure of farm program a good decision

May 23, 2016 A hundred years ago, when Ohio prison officials began operating farms where inmates worked, the program gave many convicts marketable skills. more »»

State officials need to be monitored

May 22, 2016 State officials finding ways to do things more efficiently, at less cost to taxpayers, deserve heartfelt pats on the bac. more »»

Obama orders changes to overtime pay

May 21, 2016 President Barack Obama has taken vote-buying for himself and his Democrat Party to a new high in politics. more »»

Easy solution to budget should be off limits

May 20, 2016 One easy way to produce a state budget that appears balanced has not been mentioned in Charleston during the past couple of months, with good reason. It does not solve problems, it creates the. more »»

Marijuana access a blessing or a curse?

May 19, 2016 It appears virtually certain Ohioans will have access to marijuana — or at least, the active ingredient in it — for medicinal purposes within the next year or so. more »»

W.Va. must enact new state budget

May 18, 2016 It may be that West Virginia legislators staring at a hard deadline to enact a state budget will have to resort to some tax increases to get it done. more »»

AEP has green plan for Ohio

May 17, 2016 American Electric Power officials say their five-year plan will mean a “greener energy future” for Ohioans. In terms of the “green” in Buckeye State wallets, that simply is not true. more »»

Ban expulsions of primary-school students

May 16, 2016 Expelling a first- or second-grader from school is ridiculous. It also is a lazy reaction to discipline programs that might be corrected at an early ag. more »»

Take a better approach for halting truancy

May 15, 2016 Critical thinking is one of the skills educators seek to instill in young people. Perhaps we adults need remedial classes on the subject, to judge by some public school policies. more »»

No apology is necessary

May 14, 2016 President Barack Obama’s aides insist his planned visit to Hiroshima, Japan, will not include a U.S. more »»

Curbing the culture of teen violence

May 13, 2016 Kids will be ... violent criminals? Apparently, it has come to that in our region. An example was reported last week in nearby Steubenvill. more »»

Keeping health information private

May 12, 2016 If you are an Ohioan who has received help from the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, you may not want that fact to be common knowledge. Your mail carrier may know. more »»

Teaching honesty in Ohio schools

May 11, 2016 It should not have required a decision by Ohio’s highest court to ban public school districts from collecting taxpayers’ money under false pretenses. It did, however. more »»

Be certain you cast a ballot

May 10, 2016 If you are concerned about the direction of politics in your community, the state of West Virginia and the nation, Mountain State residents ought to be determined to vote in today’s primary electio. more »»



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