Editorials

Adults need to be at their best

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

Difficult corner to get out of

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

Haspel deserves fair hearing

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the ...

How much should we intervene?

Red wolves once were common in Southeast states. By 1980, they were considered extinct in the wild. That resulted in establishment of a captive breeding program meant to establish a new population of the animals in an area of eastern North Carolina. In 1987, the captive breeding program ...

More help where it’s needed

Here in our area, the Ohio River is but a thin dividing line on one critical problem — drug abuse. West Virginia continues to have the highest overdose death rate in the nation, but Ohio has gotten worse. Between our two states, 6,219 people died of drug overdoses during the most recent ...

Issue 1 worth an affirmative

Gerrymandering — the process of setting boundaries for offices such as members of Congress and state legislators in order to benefit one’s own political party — is something like the weather. Everyone talks about making it a less partisan process, but no one ever seems to do anything ...

Much riding on your decisions

Tuesday is primary election day in Ohio. Ordinarily, primary elections are rather bland, but in Columbiana County, at least one race has been offering some fireworks. The county Republican Party stirred interest in this election in March when it voted to endorse the challenger, Megan L. ...

There is reason to mistrust FBI

Disgraced, fired FBI Director James Comey is saying that attacks on the agency are dangerous because they undermine public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement institution. Nonsense. Comey is wrong, and we suspect he knows it. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, ...

Too many risks for the soldier

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

The swamp can sure soak it up

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., the new head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thought his pay was too high. The fact it was set where it was by the Washington machine speaks volumes. Redfield took office in March, at an annual salary of $375,000. That is at least $150,000 more ...