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Opinion

OSU wage bump is an exception

Editorial

Ohio State University has announced that, beginning next year, it will be raising its own minimum wage to $15 per hour — apparently jumping on the trendy number embraced by precisely zero state governments right now (though Washington, D.C. comes closest at a $14 per hour minimum wage in ...

The drug abuse devil does exist

Local Columns

The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist,” wrote French poet Charles Baudelaire in the mid-19th century. Since then, the line has been paraphrased many times, including in the 1995 film, “The Usual Suspects.” Clearly, the purveyors of death we know as ...

Show support for Chinese protesters

Editorial

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Trouble in Texas hints at wider power shortages

Local Columns

In recent years, Texas has become a bellwether for advances in wind turbines and renewable energy. The wide-open, breezy Texas panhandle offers some of the best wind resources in the country. But some surprising shortfalls are emerging in Texas' electricity production-and that could prove ...

Frenzy over failure regarding gun control

Letters To The Editor

To the editor: The current frenzy among members of the press, congressmen and other progressives to enact legislation for more gun control will result in hundreds of more pages of regulations which purport to prevent multiple slayings such have occurred recently. Their efforts will only end ...

No sign yet to help miners

Editorial

Coal miners “are not my enemy. Workers in the fossil fuel industry are not my enemy,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told a crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, last Sunday. “Climate change is our enemy,” Sanders added. Like so many ultra-liberal politicians, Sanders ...

Rethink breaks for drug firms

Editorial

What is now public in the past two weeks, what these pharmaceutical companies have done, there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that they are responsible. … There is no doubt that they knew these drugs were addictive; there is no doubt they lied to the public … for a long period of ...

OVI checkpoints make our roadways safer

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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 ...