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Opinion

Trying to crack down on robocalls

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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 ...

Preventing mass murders in the US

Local Columns

If you could somehow could gather up and melt down every AR-15 or AK-47 clone in the United States, you would have virtually no success in preventing mass murders. My guess is that they’d occur about as frequently as they do now. But the gun control advocates say that if we could just get ...

Teaching Liberals how to laugh

Letters To The Editor

To the editor: When's the last time you've heard a good hearty belly laugh? A genuine laugh right from the gut traveling all the way up to the top of the head? One that shakes the very core of one's being? Not in quite a while, I'll venture. On TV it's the programmed laughter of a claque ...

Living the credo: ‘To protect and to serve’

Editorial

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 ...

Senate Bill 3 bad for our communities and children

Letters To The Editor

Senate Bill 3 bad for our communities and children To the editor: Last fall Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Issue One, which sought to drastically reduce penalties on drug dealers and repeat drug offenders. Senate Bill 3 seeks to use tax dollars to make Ohio lenient on drug dealers and ...