Editorials

State must fix gun law quick

Quite a few law-abiding Ohio gun owners may find themselves running afoul of a new state law because of an error in how it was drafted. State legislators should correct the statute as soon as possible. Lawmakers approved what should have been a mere housekeeping bill, to bring state law into ...

Pitch GM plant to Amazon

New Yorkers have shunned Amazon’s plans to bring tens of thousands of jobs to that city in the form of HQ2. At the same time, General Motors is preparing to idle its automaking plant here, leaving some 5 million square feet of plant vacant. As we see it, this presents a clear opportunity ...

Courts, and the people, will rule

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump, unlike his predecessor, is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is ...

The breaking point looms

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Brown setting a good example

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour, he visited New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, ...

No need to drill in Chaco Canyon

The United States has become the world’s leading producer of petroleum, beating even Saudi Arabia. That means we can be somewhat choosy about where we drill for oil. Two key conflicts exist in that regard. One, of course, is protection of the environment, including natural treasures that, ...

A disaster waiting to happen

Perhaps Democratic candidate for president Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

Roasts & 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 ...

Questions Virginians must face

It is easy to understand why some Virginians did not the same amount of attention as they would in a normal year to the president’s State of the Union address. Residents of the Old Dominion have their own political preoccupation this week. Credit Gov. Ralph Northam for that. He has posed a ...

A clear message to the Taliban

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...