Editorial

Medicinal marijuana bill would have better chance of passing

Ohioans who shot down a get-rich-quick marijuana legalization scheme last year may vote differently if looking at a ballot issue allowing medicinal use of the drug. That may be in the thoughts of state legislators considering a law to allow the practice.Voters saw through Issue 3 on the ballot ...

Good start for city leaders

We like what seems to be happening in East Liverpool: People are meeting to discuss what we consider to be problems.First, city council's street committee gathered to begin making preparations for the summer paving project. The idea is to generate a list of neighborhood streets in need of ...

Helping the Kurds

Leaders of the Kurdish people in Iraq, who have battled Islamic State terrorists more courageously and effectively than the Iraqi army, say they are in desperate need of money.Without assistance, they may have to abandon their fight, the Kurds say.That ought to be all U.S. leaders need to hear. ...

Local police deserving of fair share

Local and state police often play key roles in major arrests made by federal law enforcement agencies. For that, they often receive shares of criminals assets that are seized.No more, the Department of Justice has announced. Because of a $1.2 billion cut in its budget, it will be keeping any ...

Safety belts really can save lives

News about highway safety in Ohio came with an implied warning recently for travelers everywhere: Buckle up.Highways in general have become steadily safer for several years. But traffic fatalities increased during 2015 in Ohio, for the second year in a row. The State Highway Patrol reports ...

Numbers are good news for Ohio economy

Ohioans got some good news about the economy during the fall, when the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported there were 240,000 job openings in the state. That is the highest that particular measure has been since it was first tracked, in 2011.Even better, the report showed nearly ...

Approve online voter registration

Ohioans can do a variety of things from the comfort and convenience of their homes, providing they have computers with Internet connections. They can send money and get money. They can buy things and sell things. They can obtain mortgages and insurance.But they cannot register to vote.At one ...

Is the science really settled?

Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. If a study is not critical of the fossil-fuel industry, well, perhaps the government had better try again until it gets an acceptable result.In June, the Environmental Protection ...

Drive safely throughout winter season

The winter weather that had seemed to bypass us thus far this season is now upon us.It reared its ugly head in the morning hours on Tuesday, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Well, perhaps not that extreme. But it is here.There were cancellations. Bad road conditions. Traffic ...

2016 brings change in local government

Voters went to the polls in November and let it be known that they wanted change.The outcome left many incumbents on the wrong side of the voting tally - many voted out after years (some decades) of leading their communities.The majority of those ousted from office chose to follow through with ...