Editorials

Answers needed from OSU

The Ohio State University’s investigation of a sports doctor alleged to have sexually abused athletes at several institutions of higher learning has turned over a commendable number of stones. What has come creeping out from under some of them is disturbing. Scores of people, including ...

A good use of taxpayer money

If you’ve happened to look up while driving through the square in Lisbon recently, you probably noticed workmen giving a face lift to Lady Justice and the Columbiana County Courthouse clock tower. At some point over the years, Lady Justice had lost the scales which she held in her hand and ...

A proper price for defense

No doubt President Donald Trump, visiting four countries in Europe this week, expected a frosty reception from some leaders. Those whose nations are members of NATO are upset with Trump for demanding they pay a fairer share of the alliance’s defense costs. Some already do bear reasonable ...

A proper price for defense

No doubt President Donald Trump, visiting four countries in Europe this week, expected a frosty reception from some leaders. Those whose nations are members of NATO are upset with Trump for demanding they pay a fairer share of the alliance’s defense costs. Some already do bear reasonable ...

Manchin should vote to confirm

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be a key figure in the battle over whether the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let us hope Manchin breaks with those in his party who see the decision as a political one. On Monday, Trump introduced ...

Kavanaugh deserves the job

West Virginians and Ohioans have a three-letter reason for liking Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court: EPA. Many Americans have been encouraged to believe that we here in coal country somehow hate clean air, water and soil. Nothing ...

Debt too large to be ignored

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Congress should put in some OT

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has ...

NIH bias spoils the brew

We may never know whether a drink a day keeps the doctor away. That is unfortunate. Especially because the number of people who enjoy moderate consumption of alcohol is substantial, learning whether that has health benefits is desirable. But the reason we may not get that information is ...

The correct ruling on travel ban

U.S. Supreme Court justices who upheld President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban made it clear they were not ruling on whether his policy is wise, only on its constitutionality. But, by a 5-4 vote, justices affirmed Trump’s national security responsibilities give him the power to ...