Editorials

Accept the challenge

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

If it’s all about safety . . .

This year has been the Year of the Traffic Cam in Columbiana County as several of our communities saw a way to make money by posting traffic cameras to catch speeding motorists. While the installation of the cameras and the resulting tickets issued to violators met with many local protests, ...

Tax relief not big factor in debt

Many members of Congress who have opposed tax relief as approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. How reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that — finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the debt ...

Conyers issue not a done deal

Under fire for sexual harassment and an attempted coverup, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., retired on Tuesday. No doubt the 88-year-old lawmaker hopes his action will make all the unpleasantness go away. It should not. Getting Conyers out of the House is one step forward, but only that. An ...

December 7, then and now

“December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy,” is how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt described that horrible day 76 years ago today when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Those who are old enough to remember can still describe what they were doing and how they felt ...

Tax relief should start now

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...

Be smart, be safe, stay alive

It is unlikely we will ever know why a family in rural Jefferson County, W.Va., took the risk they did. None of them — a man, woman, teenager and toddler — survived. Their bodies were found, along with a generator that was being used inside their home. Carbon monoxide gas from the machine ...

Christians not alone on the list

In the bloodiest attack ever by Islamic terrorists in Egypt, they massacred at least 235 fellow Muslims in the recent attack on a mosque. Bombs were set off, and those who escaped them were mowed down by gunmen. The mosque, in Egypt’s Sinai region, was packed with members of the Sufi branch ...

ELO ambulance plan may only look good on paper

The lack of an available ambulance in the city of East Liverpool forced city police officers to administer CPR and transport a non-responsive woman to the hospital in their cruiser in October. The woman later died and now the city fire chief has proposed a public/private partnership between the ...

Missiles more deadly than words

It would be bad enough had the North Korean missile launch this week been just another case of dictator Kim Jong-un rattling his saber for domestic political reasons or merely because he enjoys frightening and angering people. But the vast majority of military rockets used in test firings are ...