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Stop corrupt Ohio officials

May 17, 2015 Many Ohioans believe — or at least hope — their local public officials are honest. Most of the time, such confidence is well placed. more »»

Rethink child protection in West Virginia

May 16, 2015 It has become sickeningly common for police and sheriff’s deputies throughout the Tri-State Area to charge illegal drug users with child neglect after finding little ones in unsafe, unhealthy homes. more »»

Voter turnout in county was embarrassing

May 15, 2015 Pathetic. That’s how we would describe the lack of interest generated from registered voters in Columbiana County. A whooping 9. more »»

Curb EPA abuses of water law

May 14, 2015 Like a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar, Environmental Protection Agency officials are admitting they made some mistakes with their “waters of the United States rule. more »»

Holding electric bills down in state

May 13, 2015 Like many legislatures, Ohio’s succumbed to nanny-statism a few years ago by enacting requirements for use of “alternative energy. more »»

Look into gas, oil rights leases

May 12, 2015 Most concern about the gas and oil drilling boom in West Virginia and Ohio seems to have focused on environmental and safety issues. more »»

Teaching Civics at local level

May 11, 2015 Voter apathy is a scourge throughout the nation, especially among young people. One reaction to that has been a call for better civics education in schools. more »»

View new drilling rules skeptically

May 10, 2015 It is being suggested the government should place new restrictions on the natural gas industry, to prevent public safety and pollution problems. more »»

IRS reform claim is not persuasive

May 9, 2015 Just one Internal Revenue Service official lost her job over harassment of non-profit organizations for political reasons, to our knowledge. more »»

Potential severance tax lag possible

May 8, 2015 West Virginia state government probably will end the fiscal year on June 30 with a balanced budget — but storm clouds have been gathering over next year’s spending plan for some tim. more »»

Radioactive waste facility essential

May 7, 2015 Radioactive waste will not go away, as much as President Barack Obama tries to ignore the problem. Nearly one-fifth of the electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power plants. more »»

Not all gun owners need targeted

May 6, 2015 Too often, law-abiding gun owners are the targets of those who want to reduce violent crime. That makes no sense. As many gun enthusiasts point out, criminals don’t obey the law anyway. more »»

Today is election day

May 5, 2015 Here is your reminder — today is election day. We urge you to head to the polls and be part of the political process. This is not a national electio. more »»

Child killer’s case is clear

May 4, 2015 Like everyone in government, Ohio Parole Board members must dot all the bureaucratic “i’s” and cross all the “t’s” before they act on convicts’ requests for release. more »»

Our nation’s Capitol remains vulnerable

May 3, 2015 When Florida mailman Douglas Hughes flew his tiny gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds a couple of weeks ago, he did more than make a statement on the need for political campaign finance refo. more »»

Tuesday is Election Day

May 2, 2015 The May 5 Primary Election in Columbiana County is only days away — are you aware of what’s on the ballot? Tuesday’s election may not “wow” voters, as there are no state or national races or issues... more »»

Is Baltimore mom’s link with son rare?

May 1, 2015 Most parents probably would like to think they would behave as Toya Graham did when she saw her son throwing things at police officers during a riot in Baltimore. more »»

Use realistic figures in state budget

April 30, 2015 Nearly two-thirds of the members of the Ohio House of Representatives were not serving in those posts in 2009. Perhaps that explains the House’s collective short memory regarding overconfidence. more »»

Continue cleaning the community

April 29, 2015 Spring often is associated with a new beginning — a refreshing, of sorts, to things around us. A rebirth. But the beginning of spring also shows us what winter left behind. Dirt. Debris. Tras. more »»

Customer service not IRS’s priority

April 28, 2015 More than 8 million times during the past few months, the Internal Revenue Service’s telephone system hung up on taxpayers who wanted help. more »»



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