Editorials

The problem is Washington

The government needs more of our money, liberal politicians insist.Really? During the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Americans paid 6 percent more income and Social Security taxes than during the previous 12 months.Corporations dodge their obligations, the tax-and-spend crowd assures us. ...

County may be forced to bite the bullet on 911

The Columbiana County 911 Advisory Committee is in danger of losing more than $100,000 in state funding unless it reduces the number of 911 answering centers from five to four by Jan. 1.State law mandates the county to have just four answering centers, or PSAPs, handling 911 calls made by ...

Hickey flees in nick of time

Allison Hickey may have resigned as head of the Veterans Benefits Administration just in time to avoid being caught in the middle of a scandal.After she revealed plans to leave, Department of Veterans Affairs Secetary Robert McDonald praised her for reducing a backlog of veterans' claims for ...

Give the school model a chance

State officials - along with the community in Youngstown - have an opportunity to establish a model for turning around failing schools in Ohio. It should not be thrown away.During the summer, legislators fed up with decades of unfulfilled pledges of education reform in Youngstown quietly passed ...

Roasts and Toasts

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are notes and comments by the Journal staff to recognize both the accomplishments and shortcomings of people, officials and groups in our county, state, nation and world. Signed submissions from readers may be considered, but are not automatically included.)ROAST ...

You can’t reason with Taliban

Last week, first lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to promote her list of "girl power" songs, ranging from "Survivor" to "Girl on Fire." It was part of her promotion of her "Let Girls Learn" campaign.More than 62 million girls throughout the world do not have adequate access to education, the ...

Feds not paying attention

Apparently, federal officials who hand states millions of dollars for charter schools do not pay much attention to what is going on with charter schools in those states. Otherwise, someone in Washington might have asked a question - "Hey, isn't that the same guy who ...?" - before approving a ...

Less is more for the poor

To the jeers of liberals who claim they are merely insensitive to the poor, conservatives have argued for years that simply throwing money at the economically disadvantaged is foolish. More thought needs to be put into assistance that really helps people lift themselves out of poverty, it has ...

Deer season is upon us

Driving around the Columbiana County area this time of the year is becoming increasingly hazardous. It's getting dark earlier, and deer are on the move, especially along our rural roadways.West Virginia again led the country in collisions involving deer and motor vehicles in 2014. Pennsylvania ...

WVU should be rewarded

A Virginia congressman has an idea that isn't bad - not bad at all. He thinks West Virginia University ought to be rewarded for helping bring the Volkswagen scandal to light.During congressional hearings on VW's action in equipping 500,000 cars sold in the U.S. with devices used to cheat on air ...