Editorials

Keep coal execs on the hook

Consider the source, Mr. President. Then just say no. That may be the best advice President Donald Trump could get regarding a letter sent to him by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Blankenship spent a year in prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate federal mine ...

Higher education, high standards

An Ohio General Assembly proposal — House Bill 66 — is being labeled “an attack on faculty” by critics such as John McNay, president of the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a history professor at the University of Cincinnati, who hope to keep tenured ...

Boy’s suicide unfathomable

The thought of an 8-year-old child committing suicide is so awful most people probably do not want to even think about it. But it happened earlier this year in Cincinnati, and the circumstances dictate that we do think about it. On Jan. 26, little Gabriel Taye went to the bathroom in his home ...

Don’t make cops responsible for administering Narcan

The heroin epidemic that is gripping our county and state has often been a topic of stories and editorials for this newspaper. It seems that despite the best efforts of local law enforcement this scourge continues to grow unabated. Besides victimizing the families of heroin addicts, the newer ...

No benefits for Manning

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, released from prison Wednesday under a clemency order signed by former President Barack Obama, will be eligible for various benefits including military health care, at least for a time, the Army has revealed. Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted ...

More concerned about Korea

North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to re-examine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. Last ...

An intelligence balancing act

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

No leniency for repeat offenders

Timothy J. Jones exhausted his supply of second chances a long, long time ago. Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato was right to throw the book at him this week, in sentencing Jones for his 17th driving under the influence conviction. Unfortunately, the “book” in this ...

Too early to teach, learn

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

Where credit is not due

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, pitched in enthusiastically with other coal-state lawmakers who have spent months attempting to protect retired miners from losing their health insurance. It was the least he could do. “Brown Secures Healthcare for Miners in Bill to Fund Government,” a ...