Opinion

When Cruz lost his anchor

Editorials

There are no easy answers to preventing massacres such as that carried out by Nikolas Cruz at a Florida high school. Unless that is recognized, it will be impossible to forestall mass killings. One thing about Cruz does appear clear, however. It is that had his mother, Lynda, not died last ...

39 should have been enough

Editorials

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times Broward ...

Cruz could have been stopped

Editorials

Could the mass murder of 17 people, most of them children, at a Florida high school last week have been prevented? We will never know with certainty. What we do know is that someone in the FBI was tipped off months ago that someone named Nikolas Cruz had threatened to “be a professional ...

Roasts and Toasts

Editorials

ROAST those people who put anything out on social media without first checking to see if there is any truth to what they are posting. A prime example is posts this week that there had been a shooting at an area Walmart, with the store placed in lockdown. A quick check by a Journal reporter ...

The cost of keeping kids safe

Editorials

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvements campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think ...

How could it go on so long?

Editorials

They just keep coming. Some stand bravely alone, their voices rising in anger. Others sob quietly as they are supported by loved ones. They all have the same story: Dr. Larry Nasser sexually abused me. About 160 of them have testified in court to what Nasser did. The total number of his ...

The correct thing to do

Editorials

Politics, especially the vicious, power-driven variety practiced in Washington, sometimes tends to blur ethical lines. There is nothing like feeling political foes are out to get you to put you on the defensive. That may have occurred at the White House. Rather than stay on the defensive about ...

Keep a life saver within reach

Editorials

The Lisbon school board is considering storing naloxone, or Narcan, the opioid antidote, to be used if anyone overdoses on school property. Lisbon is the first Columbiana County school district to consider keeping the antidote on site. School Superintendent Joseph Siefke said he had been ...

ECOT’s argument is not valid

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor summed up the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s argument against state officials in one sentence on Tuesday. “How is that not absurd?” she asked an ECOT attorney. For years, ECOT got away with a scheme that would have resulted in a ...

Roasts and Toasts

Editorials

TOAST East Liverpool Patrolman John Headley for going above and beyond the call of duty recently after responding to a 911 call from an elderly lady reporting hysterically her vehicle was broken down in East End. The officer arrived to find both windshield wipers had flown off the lady’s car, ...