Editorials

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 ...

Keeping close to Pakistan

Pakistan, while proclaiming it is a U.S. ally in the war against terrorist groups, is proving it is just the opposite.Authorities in Pakistan permitted a massive gathering by the Taliban, who needed a haven to hash out their differences over a new leader to replace the late Mullah Mohammad ...

Johnny Appleseed opens

If, as the old saying goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," then surely apple treats must be considered health food as well.Visitors to the Johnny Appleseed Festival which opens today in downtown Lisbon will have plenty of opportunities to indulge their apple sweet tooth and fill up on ...

Ignore these saber rattles

For decades, with both Democrats and Republicans in the White House, North Korea's supremely brutal family dictatorship was able to get away with military blackmail. The U.S. response to Pyongyang's saber rattling often was aid to the regime in the name of "engagement."Now, North Korean ...

Conservationists, take note

With worry about the futures of some of the world's great animals - tigers, lions and elephants come to mind - fully justified, events in Rwanda during the past few years are more than nice to reflect upon. They also may be a model for conservation.In Rwanda, the mountain gorilla is making a ...

See through all the smoke

Ohioans should not, in effect, ignore the stench from Issue 3 on the November ballot, as a national advocate for legalization of marijuana advocates. Is decriminalizing dope really that pressing an issue, that voters should ignore the fact it is no more than a get-rich-quick scheme for a few ...

Science still to be settled

Heedless of the facts, President Barack Obama and environmental radicals who want to destroy the coal industry and drive up electricity bills have claimed for years that global warming was causing more and more severe hurricanes. The truth is that hurricane seasons have been milder during ...

Do not expect transparency

An announcement from Secretary of State John Kerry last week was at once startingly cynical and depressingly typical of Washington.Kerry, reportedly in an attempt to deflect criticism of his agency's slow, incomplete responses to requests for public records, appointed a "transparency ...

Hazardous to your health

Environmental Protection Agency officials are fond of rationalizing new schemes for draconian regulations by claiming they will save lives and protect millions of people from health problems such as asthma. Seldom are Americans prompted to think about the adverse health effects of EPA rules, ...

Czar not needed to enforce law

Why should it take a new "czar" to force government officials to obey the law in both letter and spirit? And more to the point, why should Americans believe the bureaucrats will do that, just because of a public relations stunt by Secretary of State John Kerry?The State Department's ...