Opinion

Ask questions before agreeing to Space Force

Editorials

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — that would accomplish. Trump seems to have watered his proposal down just a bit. Now, he is willing to have the Space ...

Trust comes first in nuke talks

Editorials

Let us hope President Donald Trump agrees with his predecessor Ronald Reagan’s policy in dealing with promises of disarmament: “Trust, but verify.” To that, Trump ought to add, “and quickly.” In pursuit of the worthy goal of lessening the threat to peace posed by North Korea, ...

President stands his ground

Editorials

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump, trying to get something for nothing, flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed earlier ...

Trust comes first in nuke talks

Editorials

Let us hope President Donald Trump agrees with his predecessor Ronald Reagan’s policy in dealing with promises of disarmament: “Trust, but verify.” To that, Trump ought to add, “and quickly.” In pursuit of the worthy goal of lessening the threat to peace posed by North Korea, ...

Against the CRA

Letters to the Editor

Editor: The new Community Reinvestment Act approved by the city of Columbiana raises several significant issues. The first involves the city’s ability and intent to provide millions of dollars in tax abatements. For example, people building a new house in Firestone Farms or Old Saybrook ...

Anxiously waiting for Mueller

Editorials

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Hold off on tariffs on vehicles

Editorials

Slapping stiff import duties on imported cars and light trucks would almost certainly set off a trade war handicapping U.S. automakers. Yet President Donald Trump reportedly is considering such action — in the name of national security. Perhaps the president thinks tariffs would help ...

Show a little compassion

Editorials

One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A few ...

Refining the election process

Editorials

With all the accusations of “voter suppression” being made against Republicans, it is a real pleasure to note that West Virginia’s chief election officer, Secretary of State Mac Warner, seems to be doing all he can to increase the number of people who cast ballots. In the process, ...

State must fix gun law quick

Editorials

Quite a few law-abiding Ohio gun owners may find themselves running afoul of a new state law because of an error in how it was drafted. State legislators should correct the statute as soon as possible. Lawmakers approved what should have been a mere housekeeping bill, to bring state law into ...