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Opinion

Not amused by comedian

Editorial

Comedian Kathy Griffin is feeling persecuted. Too bad. She has no one but herself to blame. Too many entertainers seem to have forgotten that people pay well to see, watch and listen to performances they consider, well, entertaining. In Griffin’s case, some people thought for years she was ...

Prevent violence among juveniles

Editorial

We have seen plenty of senseless violence committed by and against children, right up to and including murder. Fortunately, the carnage has not reached the level here it has in some other places. A few nights ago in Cleveland, someone opened fire on a group of people standing on the sidewalk ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the East Liverpool police who are sending citations to drivers on Route 11, only yards away from the 70 mph sign. THANKS, writes a reader, to Blue Line Solutions for giving me another reason to avoid Route 11 in East Liverpool and using alternative roads, leading me ...

Stay safe while hunting

Editorial

Deer hunting season is in full swing in both Ohio and West Virginia and, already, a fatal accident has occurred. It happened last week in Wetzel County, W.Va., where a 20-year-old New Martinsville man died. Hunting safety is a simple matter of common sense: Don’t shoot at something if there ...

They’re terrorists

Editorial

One wonders what ever happened to using the English language honestly. Consider reports of atrocities committed by groups such as ISIS, al-Qaida and Boko Haram. Often, news stories describe them as “extremists” or “militants.” It happened again last week, after at least 235 moderate ...

Safety tips for holiday shopping

Editorial

The constant running 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. Thieves look for the opportunities the season brings. They prey on easy targets. Here are ...

Ensure justice is done in Ohio

Editorial

Earlier this month, Ohio voters handed a lopsided victory to proponents of crime victims’ rights. More than 82 percent of those casting ballots in the Nov. 7 election said yes to Issue 1, the so-called Marsy’s Law. Issue 1 reinforces a variety of rights for crime victims and their ...

Curbing theft of public funds

Editorial

It is not enough to have someone minding the store, as a new report from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost makes clear. When the public’s money is involved, there needs to be plenty of oversight. Yost’s report, “Pocketed Payments: Preventing the Theft of Incoming Funds,” targets local ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

THANKS, writes a reader, to the owner of Szechuan Chinese Restaurant who provided me with a flashlight so I could see my way home (up the hill) after the tornado hit Lakeview Estates and blocked the roads. SPANKS, writes a reader, to community officials who, as public citizens, don’t follow ...

Hard-hit states need more help

Editorial

As incredible as it may seem, federal funds from one program meant to combat substance abuse are doled out based on state population, not the severity of their drug epidemics. That is simply insane. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Maggie Hassan and ...