Opinion

Barry not worthy of a statue

Editorials

The movement to remove statues honoring flawed Americans — those who fought on the wrong side during the Civil War, for example — has gained strength. That should make it especially jarring that the city of Washington, D.C., has just erected an 8-foot bronze statue of Marion Barry, right ...

Hopes and prayers

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I had a friend who was in her 20s. She was diagnosed with acute leukemia. She had two young children. She read everything she could find about the disease. Her prognosis — she would be dead within a year. It wasn’t even quite a year and back at The Ohio State University Hospital, ...

The party of the rich

Editorials

Contrary to what you have heard from the liberal tax-and-spend crowd, federal tax reform championed by President Donald Trump is not a big break for the rich. In fact, while tens of millions of Americans are beginning to see substantial tax cuts in their paychecks, many of the wealthy will pay ...

Keep the Ohio River clean

Editorials

Many Ohio Valley residents remember a time when the water in the Ohio River was terribly polluted. Decades of effort by industries, municipal wastewater treatment systems and other former polluters have changed that. Let’s not turn back the clock. Responsibility for setting water quality ...

Anti-Semitism rising

Editorials

Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. A total of 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents, about half of them vandalism, were reported ...

Laws must be enforced

Editorials

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? The same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? The FBI that cleared Dylann Roof to buy the guns he ...

Scanner will be a big help

Editorials

Columbiana County Jail officials will have another weapon to use in the war on drugs. A full-body scanner will be installed to help stem the flow of drugs and other contraband being smuggled into the facility. Searching inmate body cavities has become almost legally impossible without a ...

More than their ‘fair share’

Editorials

Among rights the Constitution guarantees to Americans are those of speech and association. Yet for decades, many states have infringed upon those rights because big labor unions demanded it. U.S. Supreme Court justices are hearing arguments this week in a lawsuit filed in an attempt to ...

Not for lack of trying

Editorials

With the Winter Olympics in South Korea history, the process of counting the medals has begun. Give Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump a gold medal for trying. But recognize, too, that they had no competition: North Korea’s “team” didn’t show up for the ...

Road to recovery is paved with hope

Letters to the Editor

Editor: The news has so often covered the issues of drug addiction, overdoses, heroin and drug epidemic etc., that we have become weary of hearing any more on a daily basis. I feel it is equally important, and if not more important to address what is happening here in this county, and ...