Opinion

Why Columbiana has zoning

Editorials

"Good fences make good neighbors" is a proverb of unknown origin and its puzzling meaning has been debated throughout the ages. One thing for certain, if the fence doesn't make good neighbors, zoning laws can help.In the city of Columbiana, a fence recently put neighbors at odds and the overall ...

If only . . .

Letters to the Editor

Editor:The phrase "separation of church and state" is not in the Constitution. The First Amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."Our nation was founded on freedom of religion. Everyone has the freedom and ...

If only . . .

Letters to the Editor

Editor:The phrase "separation of church and state" is not in the Constitution. The First Amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."Our nation was founded on freedom of religion. Everyone has the freedom and ...

Consumers will see less green

Editorials

American Electric Power officials say their five-year plan will mean a "greener energy future" for Ohioans. In terms of the "green" in Buckeye State wallets, that simply is not true.AEP, supported by the state Public Utilities Commission, plans to add lots of windmills and solar panels to its ...

Expulsion can be an easy out

Editorials

Expelling a first- or second-grader from school is ridiculous. It also is a lazy reaction to discipline programs that might be corrected at an early age.Yet such expulsions occur frequently in Ohio, according to state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering. She said a "huge number" of them occur.Lehner ...

Fight back in the energy war

Editorials

America's need for natural gas and oil has not lessened. To the contrary, as more and more gas-fired power plants are built, demand will soar.Yet just 415 well drilling rigs are working in the United States. That is an all-time low.Tactics being used by Saudi Arabia and other oil powers are ...

Wind energy’s down side

Editorials

President Barack Obama wants us to think of him as the environmental president. It just isn't true.In his single-minded drive to promote "alternative" energy, Obama has given billions of taxpayer dollars to wind- and solar-generation companies. He also has allowed them to break some ...

At the heart of a great school are great teachers

Editorials

Along with the enormous rewards enjoyed by good school teachers comes terrible frustration. Many wish they could do more for their students. And when the public focuses on the education system's shortcomings, teachers sometimes take it personally.They should not.This is National Teacher ...

Body cameras should have uniform standards

Editorials

Use of body cameras by law enforcement officers and deputies in Ohio is increasing and will continue to do so. It makes sense for the state to have at least limited rules for them.A bill being considered by legislators would require that any agency using body cameras have a written policy on ...

Giving Mom her due

Editorials

Today is the day set aside annually to give our mothers the royal treatment they deserve.Lots of phone calls will be placed, many moms will be treated to dinner at a restaurant, flowers and other gifts will be purchased and youngsters will make hand-made cards celebrating their love for the ...