Editorials

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, ...

Cuban policy not working

When he changed U.S. policy toward Cuba in 2014, despite widespread opposition in Congress, President Barack Obama insisted his goal was to improve life for the people of that island country.Increasingly, Cubans are risking their lives on the high seas to make it clear Obama's strategy is a ...

Maintain balance of power

It has been obvious for years that Congress should update the nation's immigration laws. But lawmakers' failure to do that does not give the president authority to override the statutes.That question, in effect, is before the Supreme Court - where four of the eight justices seem to be in ...

This Brice is not right

Be very, very certain your vehicle registration is up to date if you are planning to travel through Brice, Ohio, in the near future. If it is not, it could cost you $750.Yes, $750. That, according to a state legislator, is the average cost of a ticket Brice police hand out for expired vehicle ...

Delay, and it all goes away

Sometimes, sweeping unpleasantness under the rug does work. Ask federal officials who have found that when they are compelled to obey the law on releasing government documents, they sometimes can delay providing them long enough that issues once important no longer are viewed as such.Records ...

New tack in Korea needed

A new missile defense system will be deployed in South Korea, despite Chinese opposition. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's announcement came on the heels of a claim by North Korea that it has tested a new rocket engine that could put the United States within range of missiles fired by ...

Government should not be a family affair

Nepotism - the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs - is a dirty little word that tends to resurface from time to time.It has been brought up again, but this time by the East Palestine Charter Review Commission which last ...