Opinion

Grad rules may not be problem

Editorials

Either Ohio’s system of determining whether high school students are ready to graduate is valid, or it is not. The question facing education policymakers and school officials and teachers is that simple. It needs to be answered. Juniors in high school now are in the first class to ...

Save miners’ retirement program

Editorials

For tens of thousands of retired miners and their family members, the federal government promises what amounts to a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings. Unless Congress acts, an estimated 12,500 retired miners, along with their family members, will face a bleak new year. On Dec. 31, ...

Review rules for bus drivers

Editorials

Six precious little children were killed Tuesday in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn. A dozen others were injured badly. Police said the bus driver was driving far in excess of the 30 mph speed limit where the accident occurred. He was arrested. How was it that the young man ...

Cops cannot be targets

Editorials

If four civilians were shot needlessly and intentionally by U.S. police officers in one day, it is a safe bet existing condemnations of law enforcement personnel as a class would be intensified greatly. There would be demands that something be done immediately to stop the violence. Four ...

Shop close to home

Editorials

Today is known as Black Friday. In past years today would signal the start of the holiday shopping season. Recently, however, the shopping season has gotten off to an earlier start as many stores have offered specials the week before Thanksgiving and more and more merchants have opted to be ...

Be grateful, be thankful

Editorials

It has been quite a year. Since we paused last to ponder our many blessings and enjoy the good food and better time with our families that is Thanksgiving, much of what we thought we knew about politics, government and our fellow Americans has been turned upside down. No doubt that will be ...

Ryan: a chance for change

Editorials

It can be hoped that at least some of the viciously partisan atmosphere in the U.S. Senate will fade away, now that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is on his way to retirement. But what about the House of Representatives? There, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has vowed ...

The U.S. is not a monarchy

Editorials

French President Francois Hollande declared last week the Paris pact calling for drastic reductions in use of fossil fuels to battle climate change is “irreversible.” Because outgoing President Barack Obama agreed to the deal, Americans must comply with it, Hollande added. Really, ...

Obama realizes his mistake

Editorials

Don’t make the same mistake I did, President Barack Obama seemed to be advising European leaders last week. Obama was on his last big trip abroad as president. Part of his purpose, as White House aides confirmed, was to reassure European leaders President-elect Donald Trump will keep key ...

There’s no reason to be alone

Editorials

In Columbiana County and the surrounding area  there is much to be thankful for again this Thanksgiving season. Included in  our many blessings are the generous community-minded people who make sure the less fortunate among us are able to have a bountiful holiday meal. Community ...