Editorials

We’re just a distraction

Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate for president, already has made clear her enmity toward fossil fuels. Several weeks ago, she proposed stiff new taxes on users of coal. President Barack Obama's war against reasonably priced electricity has not been severe enough for ...

When you can’t trust watchdogs

Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. But they can be a curse, too, and that may be the case at the Department of Veterans Affairs.Far from leading the crackdown on VA officials who fail veterans in need of health care, the ...

A tip of the hat to Drake, now it is time to move on

Much has been written since Columbiana County Port Authority CEO Tracy Drake announced he was done as of Sept. 30 because the board declined to offer him a new contact after the current agreement expires.This brings to an end a relationship that began in 1993, when Drake was hired as the port ...

LOOSE ENDS

School prideEast Liverpool school board member Brian Allen and I had a friendly rivalry going this week on Facebook over the pending Friday night football game between my school Beaver Local and his school, the (dare I say it?) Potters. So, when the board held a special meeting one day this ...

Oppose the war on methane

At least this time, the Environmental Protection Agency is holding public hearings on a major proposal near the people it will affect most. Sometimes, as when the agency held a series of meetings on coal-related rules seemingly everywhere but the coalfields, that is not the case.President ...

State had to try something

Local school districts ought to be run by local boards of education who choose their own superintendents -most of the time. But when local control has not served students well for years and there is no sign of improvement, the state ought to step in and do something about the problem.Finally, ...

Roasts and Toasts

TOAST East Liverpool K-9 officer Chad Tatgenhorst for going above and beyond the call of duty when he responded to a report of two abandoned, emaciated dogs at a city residence Sunday night. When he learned the county dog warden was unable to respond that night to get the dogs, Tatgenhorst went ...

An intolerable thought

Suggesting terrorists may attempt to enter the country through a program to admit Syrian immigrants could land you in trouble at the University of California system in the future. So could asking whether racial preferences for college admission are a good idea. And don't even think about ...

Politics over terrorist fears

About half the detainees still at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists pose no threat, the White House insists. So why is it so difficult to find any other country - anyone - willing to take them?Despite clear opposition from Congress and the American people, President Barack Obama is ...

Putin won’t rely on diplomacy

Ho-hum. Another day, another meaningless warning from the American president. That may well have been Russian leader Vladimir Putin's reaction to the most recent complaint from President Barack Obama about Russian involvement in Syria.Moscow is sending new military equipment and troops to ...