Editorial

U.S. competitors rule on Paris pact

U.S. negotiators at the climate change talks in Paris agreed to a scheme that could place Americans' fates in the hands of our chief economic, diplomatic and military rivals - not to mention some of our enemies.Some have every reason to put climate change action pressure on us, because they ...

It’s impossible to legislate common sense

Last year, a 10-year-old boy was suspended from school in Columbus for pointing his finger - school officials explained it was a "lookalike firearm" - at another student. Several years ago, an Ohio second grader was suspended for drawing a picture of a gun, then cutting it out.That's just plain ...

Rejecting one tool on climate change

Are liberals in Congress focused on battling climate change - or giving big tax breaks to wind and solar energy companies? There is a difference.Reports about negotiations on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill noted last week it would include tax breaks for producers of renewable energy. But ...

Ensuring law officers are fit

Most law enforcement officers and deputies are good, courageous men and women who take "protect and serve" seriously. They do not deserve to suffer the ill-will that results when a few bad apples in their midst are caught abusing their authority.The time to stop bad cops is not after they have ...

Trump’s idea wouldn’t work

Criticism of presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is absolutely right on ethical grounds. As Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) put it, "it's not what this country stands for."But Trump's idea is bad for another reason: It wouldn't ...

Phase in change in Ohio benefits

While presidents and Congresses for many years have refused to deal with entitlement reform, states have no choice. Deficit spending is off-limits for them, so they must find ways to curb growth in government spending.Ohio may be about to become a leader in that regard.Buckeye State taxpayers ...

Keep school calendar at 180 days

Public education in West Virginia clearly needs an overhaul. Evidence is mounting that students simply are not learning what they should.House of Delegates member Dave Perry's reaction is, well, puzzling.Perry, D-Fayette, wants to reduce the number of instructional days schools are required to ...

Close loopholes in our Visa Waiver Program

Islamic terrorists' success in infiltrating most countries, including ours, means that in a way, we can no longer rely on even our best, oldest friends among other nations.A special dispensation, the Visa Waiver Program, is available to travelers coming into the United States from 38 other ...

Remember Pearl Harbor

The words President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered to a joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, remain as powerful and meaningful today as they were when they were first spoken some 74 years ago.Americans were stunned and still reeling from the news that Japanese forces had attacked our ...

Be a safe, smart shopper this holiday season

Holiday shopping has officially begun. The hustle and bustle that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers must practice common sense and have an awareness of their surroundings in order to make sure it is a safe shopping season.It is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, ...