Editorials

Country’s safety comes first

We Americans have big hearts. They go out to people forced from their homes by vicious terrorists, including the Islamic State. But we have wide-open eyes and ears, too. We are aware that in Europe, some groups of refugees from the Middle East, especially Syria, have been infiltrated by Islamic ...

A clearer path to transparency

Government officials and employees who want to keep secrets have a powerful tool at their disposal. They can just say no to requests for public records, often confident those asking for them cannot afford the time and money needed to challenge rejections in court.The great irony is that if ...

Board, minus one member, must address this issue

It has now been nearly two months since Liverpool Township Police Chief Jayson Jackson filed a formal complaint with the East Liverpool city school board against Superintendent Melissa Watson, buildings and grounds Director Sam Halstead and board member Bill Cowan.In that time, the board's ...

No second chance in this case

Obviously, a police officer fired for stabbing her boyfriend should not be reinstated to the force. But she will be in Cleveland, a judge has ordered.Outrageous? Yes - but not as much so as the reason she won her lawsuit against the city.An appeals court ruled last week that Shani Hannah, 40, ...

North Korean threat is global

North Korea clearly is working feverishly to increase its military capability and to heighten worry about it among other world leaders. To what end?Last week, it was reported North Korea test-fired a missile from a submarine. If true, that is an incredibly provocative move. Pyongyang already ...

Another Paine in the . . .

"Common Sense," written by one of the founding fathers, Thomas Paine, was something of a handbook for American colonists thinking of forming a new government in 1776. One wonders whether any publication by that name would sell today.Yet another example of a culture at risk of allowing ...

Alarm bells continue to sound

Tight-lipped investigators looking into the executions of eight people near Piketon, Ohio, have released few details of what they have found. There are some indications the killings may have been drug-related, however.And though it would be unwise to jump to that conclusion, the drug abuse ...

Slap on the wrist hurts us all

Many Americans probably believe the First Amendment is our ironclad guarantee of freedom of speech. Apparently, however, the Bill of Rights is not sufficient protection - or at least is not viewed that way by most members of the U.S. House of Representatives.By an overwhelming voice vote, the ...

Just get rid of the mandate

What on earth is wrong with state government allowing Ohioans to buy the cheapest electricity being generated legally? Most Buckeye State residents probably would be upset at the thought such a question is being asked.But it is in Columbus. There, a bill has been introduced in the General ...

Still no relief from the pork

Remember when Congress said it was eliminating earmark spending? Absurd wastes of taxpayer money through pork barrel projects were going to be a thing of the past. Not so fast. These were politicians making those promises.According to Citizens Against Government Waste President Tom Schatz, ...