Opinion

Still, it’s a day to be thankful

Editorials

A year ago today, we offered the hope that the nation could stop being Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, and just enjoy being together and being thankful, to enjoy a family style holiday. A year later, we don’t offer such hope because the nation has spent the better ...

Zimbabwe deserves better

Editorials

U.S. officials have taken the traditional stance regarding last week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what happened ...

Good food, good company

Editorials

In Columbiana County and the surrounding area there is much to be thankful for again this Thanksgiving season. Included in our many blessings are the generous community-minded people who make sure the less fortunate among us are able to have a bountiful holiday meal. Community Thanksgiving ...

Meet the problem head on

Editorials

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

When the big trees fall

Editorials

“Operation Big Oak”... “Down the way gang.” If these sound like code words used during a war, it’s because they are — they’re code names used in a war on drugs that has been waged locally for years. These particular terms have been associated with an investigation that has been ...

More focus on the families

Editorials

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Probe the Russian connection

Editorials

If you believe those linked to the 2010 deal in which a Russian company gained control of one-fifth of U.S. uranium supplies donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation out of the goodness of their hearts, we have some swamp land in Florida that may interest you. And if you believe former ...

The art of compromise

Editorials

Keep your eyes on the prize, members of Congress. And remember, politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise. With just days to go before important votes on tax reform packages are planned in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, a major difference of opinion has reared its ...

Tax dollars at work

Editorials

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. But transparent foolishness simply is not tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. Take what happened during a Columbus City Council ...

The Air Force’s blunder

Editorials

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...