Opinion

U.S. cannot ignore Venezuela

Editorials

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

A dying breed

Letters to the Editor

Editor: What has happened to America’s middle class and working families? America came out of the Great Depression and built the greatest middle class the world has known by using our own hard work and government to open up opportunities for millions of people. Ninety percent of America ...

Protecting the rights of victims

Editorials

All too often, it seems criminals get more breaks than their victims from “the system.” That could change, at least to some extent, in Ohio. On the ballot this fall will be an initiative being referred to as Marsy’s Law for Ohio. The name comes from Marsy Nicholas, a California woman ...

Keep limits on asset forfeitures

Editorials

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Difficult, not impossible, task

Editorials

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her as ...

A true American hero

Editorials

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Park plaudits

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I am writing to commend Dana Blackburn and what she does for the Lisbon pool. She does an amazing job with what little she has to work with. If it wasn’t for her and her volunteers, the splash pad would have never happened. I have seen Dana put so much hard work and effort into ...

Stay safe on the water

Editorials

With summer in full swing, many people are taking a boat to the river or lake to enjoy a day on the water. But that relaxing day can turn tragic if the principles of safe boating aren’t remembered, even on lakes like Guilford and Highlandtown which seem relatively safe. In 2016, the U.S. ...

Debt can’t be swept under rug

Editorials

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Time lapses

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Do we want Lisbon to be a one of a kind jewel, or deny its potential and become a Generica USA? Why do property values rise in historical districts where there is enforced historical protection? Have you ever vacationed and found fast food in historical buildings? Restoration of the ...