Editorials

Be up front about the past

America has been a land of second chances for many people. For that reason, President Barack Obama's call for better efforts to integrate ex-convicts into society probably will resonate among many.There is a practical side to the question, too: It is better for society to enjoy the ...

A program worth expanding

One of the best ways to reduce the cost of a college education is to get some classes out of the way before ever setting foot on campus. Ohio is among many states with programs allowing high school and sometimes even middle school students to do that.Thousands of Buckeye State students in ...

Explore all viable alternatives

Simply telling thousands of convicts they will be released from prison before their sentences have been served, as the federal government apparently plans to do, is a recipe for more violence on the streets. Even for inmates truly eager to change their paths in life, it is a formula for failure ...

Vote no for the right reasons

Thoughtful Ohio voters would not think of granting a monopoly to a few people to grow corn and sell it on the wholesale market. That would be unfair to thousands of others either in farming or thinking of going into agriculture. It also would be likely to drive corn prices higher than ...

Important day for the county

Tuesday is Election Day, a very important day for determining the future of our Columbiana County communities.This year's election may seem unimportant to some because it doesn't include the big offices such as president, governor, senator or congressman, but the people we elect on Nov. 3 are ...

No accountability, anywhere

Look under "accountability" in the dictionary and who knows whose pictures you may see? What will not accompany the text is a portrayal of a federal bureaucrat.Never, ever does anything serious seem to happen to government officials who fail to do their jobs properly, waste massive amounts of ...

The buck stopped where?

No one reacted with a sense of alarm and protectiveness to repeated pleas for help from U.S. diplomatic personnel in Benghazi, Libya during the months before Sept. 11, 2012. And after a State Department outpost there was attacked by terrorists that day, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens ...

An assist from the Donald

Ohio Gov. John Kasich may have been done a favor by one of his rivals for the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump. With a single false claim, Trump has made it clear to voters that hard, detail-oriented work - not bombast of the type the New York businessman favors - is the surest ...

Pakistan finally fesses up

A Pakistani official's admission a few days ago does not exactly fall into the category of surprise of the century. Leaders in his country's spy and espionage service knew al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was in their country for some time before a U.S. SEAL team killed him there, the former ...

A step toward nuclear war?

Leaders in several Middle Eastern countries have seen the handwriting on the wall regarding U.S. acquiescence in a "deal" over Iran's nuclear weapons program. Clearly, they recognize, it will mean atomic warheads on Iranian missiles within just a few years.Some are not waiting to be subjected ...