Editorials

This, too, could be a hate crime

Offenses against Muslims in the United States seem to be automatically labeled as "hate crimes" by federal officials. But when the targets are Christians, perhaps because of their beliefs, it is different. Motives tend to remain "unknown."Four people were injured last Thursday when a man walked ...

Keep track of the hardware

U.S. officials reported this week that Cuba has returned a dummy Hellfire missile accidentally shipped there in 2014. It was stressed the rocket, used in training exercises, did not include much of the secret equipment in live Hellfires.Still, there can be no doubt some U.S. enemies know all ...

Kasich has the right stuff

With the pace of Republican decision-making about a nominee for president picking up, the direction of the process may be taking a good, much-needed turn.Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished a strong second in the New Hampshire Republican primary election, meaning both voters and campaign ...

What is good for ELCH is good for the county

The announcement of the finalization of the sale of East Liverpool City Hospital comes as good news for the community and the surrounding area which depends on this facility as its primary source of health care and as a major employer.Opened Jan. 1, 1905, City Hospital quickly became an ...

Loose Ends

My story about Columbiana County commissioners trying to recall the number of county residents who played in the NFL drew responses from readers who advised me of some omissions.I received two emails telling me of Salem's Lou Slaby, who played several seasons in the NFL for the Giants and Lions ...

Close this drug loophole

Appeals court justices are supposed to interpret laws as they are written, not as someone claims legislators meant the statutes to be read. It is entirely possible, then, that the Ohio Supreme Court will find itself siding with a man who admits he bought cocaine.If that happens, it will be ...

Put your money on Portman

While most attention to politics was focused on the Iowa caucuses for presidential candidates, an important story unfolded in Ohio. It involved the race - if it can be called that - for one of the state's two seats in the U.S. Senate.Incumbent Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, has served the ...

Trouble for the front-runner

After Democrat voters caucused in Iowa Monday night, Hillary Clinton told reporters she breathed "a sigh of relief" at the results. She won, the Democratic contender for president noted.But not by much. With final results in, Clinton had received 49.86 percent of votes in the Democrat ...

No surprise it was Putin

Almost 10 years after Alexander Litvinenko died in London, an official inquiry by Britain concluded last week that Russian President Vladimir Putin "probably" ordered Russian agents to kill him. The report deserves the attention of world leaders.The agents met Mr. Litvinenko, a turncoat Russian ...

No respect for an ally

Americans may have no better friends in the Muslim world than the people and leaders of Jordan. Even before Islamic terrorists began making headlines on Sept. 11, 2001, Jordan was our ally.Since then, the Jordanians have battled groups such as the Islamic State faithfully and effectively. ...