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Dozens of military intelligence analysts complained last year they were pressured to alter reports to make it look as if U.S. action against terrorist organizations was more successful than actually was the case. An investigation of that is proceeding.But last week, members of Congress were ...

Getting our full support?

If as many as 200 U.S. troops were killed in a terrorist attack, Americans would demand to know how it could have happened. We would insist on learning whether our soldiers had been supported properly and what was being done to strike back at those responsible for the massacre.Between 180 and ...

Another unfair mandate

The federal government's social engineers never seem to learn. Time and time again their mandates issued in the name of consumerism make life tougher, not better.They're back. Now, they are mandating that retailers who accept food stamps must stock wider varieties of healthy foods.Retailers ...

Minimize Afghan mistakes

From the beginning of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation years ago, American intelligence and political officials made enormous mistakes. They picked the wrong people to trust and to assist and underestimated our enemies.Such mistakes in dealing with Afghanistan are ...

This, too, could be a hate crime

Offenses against Muslims in the United States seem to be automatically labeled as "hate crimes" by federal officials. But when the targets are Christians, perhaps because of their beliefs, it is different. Motives tend to remain "unknown."Four people were injured last Thursday when a man walked ...

Keep track of the hardware

U.S. officials reported this week that Cuba has returned a dummy Hellfire missile accidentally shipped there in 2014. It was stressed the rocket, used in training exercises, did not include much of the secret equipment in live Hellfires.Still, there can be no doubt some U.S. enemies know all ...

Kasich has the right stuff

With the pace of Republican decision-making about a nominee for president picking up, the direction of the process may be taking a good, much-needed turn.Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished a strong second in the New Hampshire Republican primary election, meaning both voters and campaign ...

What is good for ELCH is good for the county

The announcement of the finalization of the sale of East Liverpool City Hospital comes as good news for the community and the surrounding area which depends on this facility as its primary source of health care and as a major employer.Opened Jan. 1, 1905, City Hospital quickly became an ...

Loose Ends

My story about Columbiana County commissioners trying to recall the number of county residents who played in the NFL drew responses from readers who advised me of some omissions.I received two emails telling me of Salem's Lou Slaby, who played several seasons in the NFL for the Giants and Lions ...

Close this drug loophole

Appeals court justices are supposed to interpret laws as they are written, not as someone claims legislators meant the statutes to be read. It is entirely possible, then, that the Ohio Supreme Court will find itself siding with a man who admits he bought cocaine.If that happens, it will be ...