Editorials

Make sure it’s a safe holiday

Labor Day began in 1894 as a day for America to honor its workers. It has changed significantly since that time. In addition to paying tribute to our country’s workforce, it also used to mean the end of summer vacation for students and the beginning of fall and football. However, for some ...

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The best that is in all of us

For all the attention we sometimes pay to television and internet videos, still images continue to have more power to symbolize important events in our lives. The photograph of Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima and another of firefighters in a remarkably similar scene on the rubble of the ...

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No time for playing politics

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occurring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democratic lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it ...

Real Americans step up

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...

Freedom of speech, not hate

President Donald Trump continues to be criticized, often in harsh terms, for suggesting earlier this month that white supremacists and neo-Nazis, while disgusting to true Americans, are not alone in using violence against those who disagree with them. Former Vice President Joe Biden actually ...

The epitome of an emergency

By one estimate, drug abuse claims an average of 11 lives each day in Ohio. A natural disaster — say, an emerging disease rampaging through the state — would be viewed as an emergency. Many in law enforcement and state government treat substance abuse as such a threat. But structurally, ...

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This marks the spot in Columbiana County where General John Hunt Morgan surrendered.

Pride in our history

We were dismayed to learn that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources decided to remove an oil painting of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan from its Salt Fork Lodge in Cambridge. The ODNR’s reason was not included in the Associated Press story so we’re not sure what their logic was ...

Afghans must pull their weight

No doubt leaders of Afghanistan’s government were delighted to hear President Donald Trump’s speech Monday night. Let us hope they listened to all of it. Instead of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, regardless of the situation there, Trump plans to step up military action against ...

The military is always at risk

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the weekend collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. The Navy also will look ...

No retreat in Afghanistan

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump ...