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Editorial

OVI checkpoints make our roadways safer

Proven successful deterrents in the ongoing battle by law enforcement agencies against impaired drivers have been OVI checkpoints. The Ohio State Highway Patrol teams with regional law agencies to set up checkpoints throughout our area. They are periodically conducted at different spots at ...

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the Irondale Mayor for not announcing council meetings. Not everyone gets the newspaper. THANKS, writes a reader, to the honest person who turned in my cell phone at the Calcutta Giant Eagle on Aug. 23. I’m not sure if I lost it in the store or the parking lot, ...

Residents can utilize access to Swift911

The Aug. 15 shooting in Hancock County left one dead, four injured and a community rattled. While an investigation continues, officials have reminded residents of the county’s use of Swiftreach Networks as an emergency notification system in an effort to provide more reliable and effective ...

Trying to crack down on robocalls

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number, and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Welcome to ‘robocalls,” those annoying automated communications that at times seem to ...

Dangerous pets must be contained

Fifteen-foot pythons and 7-foot crocodiles are fun to look at in zoos — but not so enjoyable in the hills of West Virginia or the creeks of Ohio. A few weeks ago, a Morgantown man somehow let his 15-foot python escape into the woods outside the city. Efforts to find the reptile have been ...

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the candidate running for trustee in St. Clair Township who put their signs out prior to the 30-day rule. Shouldn’t you know the township rules if you’re seeking office. And SPANKS to the trustees for not doing anything. Good Ole Boys! THANKS, writes a reader, ...

Philadelphia incident shows police restraint

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened last Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day, police went to a ...

Taliban must fully cooperate with US

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

Conduct public’s business openly

Ohio Supreme Court members should not have had to issue the unanimous ruling they did last week. That they were required to do so should anger Buckeye State residents. Ruling in a lawsuit filed by a community newspaper in Cuyahoga County, justices ordered that government bodies cannot conduct ...

Living the credo: ‘To protect and to serve’

No one can say with certainty what would have happened had Hancock County sheriff’s deputies not reacted as they did to “shots fired” calls Wednesday night. One woman was shot to death and three others were wounded by a gunman, however — so what did occur was bad enough. Had the ...