Editorials

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 ...

Blatant disrespect for the law

Public officials often thumb their noses at open meetings and records laws. Occasionally, someone blows the whistle on them. What happens? Usually a slap on the wrist and a suggestion that the officials familiarize themselves with requirements for open meetings and records. The presumption is ...

Cut another gerrymander tie

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...

Another fiasco for VA officials

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at the ...

Move, but not too quickly

East Palestine officials acted quickly to clear the way for a proposed facility to grow and process medical marijuana within the village. Council held a special meeting June 5 and unanimously passed a resolution allowing Pure Ohio LLC to construct and operate a facility at privately owned ...