Editorials

By any name, it’s a crisis

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law this week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Settle it once and for all

We cannot believe the amount of time Columbiana officials and the public have wasted debating whether residents should be allowed to raise chickens in their back yard. The newspaper has maintained from the beginning the issue is a no-brainer: If you want to raise farm animals, live in the ...

Hold Cuba to its commitment

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For decades, ...

The beauty of Camp David

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

It’s not the road to civility

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. Even Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, convicted last week of assaulting a reporter, is calling for more civility. But some of the very people ...

A way of life in the service

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. We forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the Army, Navy, ...

Keep elite from running amok

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking — or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how ...

What it takes to be a father

Fatherhood is not a matter of biology. It’s a matter of dedication, attitude and a life’s choice to realize that, no matter what the world says, role models do matter. To be a father is about love. That’s a tricky subject in a world where men are portrayed as aloof, athletic or just ...

What do do with the Taliban?

President Donald Trump is under an enormous amount of pressure over a variety of policy and legislative issues, ranging from tax reform to health care. It is not unfair or unrealistic to expect progress on at least some of those matters. But rushing into a new strategy for the war in ...

A test of the nation’s sanity

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...