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There must be better ways to prevent serial child abuse

February 4, 2015 How many times have we read or heard the same horrifying, sad story? It upset us again last week, when a 2-year-old child was found dead in his home in Mingo Junction. more »»

Maintain a shred of restraint

February 3, 2015 Barely had “sequestration,” the government spending limits Congress put in place Jan. 1, 2013, celebrated its second anniversary when President Barack Obama urged throwing any restraint to the wind. more »»

Protect 529 savings plans

February 2, 2015 Making community college free for virtually anyone who wants to attend is a plan President Barack Obama is eager for the public to know about — and, of course, to be grateful to him as its author. more »»

Make sure the Super Bowl is not last game you enjoy

February 1, 2015 It’s Super Bowl Sunday once again, and unfortunately, tonight’s matchup doesn’t feature either of our “local” NFL teams. more »»

Loose Ends

February 1, 2015 ? It turns out New Waterford’s Carol Robb is not the first Columbiana Countian ever to serve on the Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals: It just seems like it. more »»

Low prices won’t last forever

January 31, 2015 Stock markets in several countries, including ours, posted substantial gains last Wednesday. Analysts said oil prices were a big reason for that. more »»

Same old story: more taxes

January 30, 2015 One reason recovery from the “Great Recession” has been so lackluster is that job creators — investors and companies with money to expand the economy — have been worried about what President Obama... more »»

Low prices won’t last forever

January 29, 2015 Stock markets in several countries, including ours, posted substantial gains last Wednesday. Analysts said oil prices were a big reason for that. more »»

Charter schools must be held to the same standards

January 28, 2015 When Ohio legislators agreed to give charter schools a try, complete with public funding, the idea was to provide an alternative to failing public school. more »»

The reasons to scale back testing must be sound ones

January 27, 2015 Some Ohio legislators seem to be welcoming a recommendation that standardized testing in public schools be reduced. more »»

Cinematic success story

January 26, 2015 It has been said many Americans no longer revere true heroes and don’t have as much time for patriotism as did our ancestors. more »»

Ending Office on Aging funding was easy decision

January 25, 2015 Year ago it might have been shocking to hear that the Columbiana County Office on Aging in Salem would be closing its doors. The agency once provided many vital services for senior citizens. more »»

No get out of jail free cards

January 24, 2015 Ohio state prisons housed 50,641 inmates at the end of 2014 — 31 percent more than they were designed to accommodat. more »»

A step to energy independence

January 23, 2015 An objection to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline being made by some of its liberal opponents may be based on the fact at least 60 percent of Americans are too young to remember the 1973 Arab oil... more »»


January 22, 2015 TOAST East Liverpool Fire Chief Bill Jones for being a class act, not only taking his recent three-day suspension for speaking his mind like a man but then apologizing to his department’s detractor... more »»

The dangers of painkillers must be taught effectively

January 21, 2015 Hundreds of Ohioans, many of them young people, die of drug overdoses every year. While different substances are to blame, a common thread often is involved in drug abuse. more »»

The new civil rights movement

January 20, 2015 During the past year it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. more »»

Missing in action

January 19, 2015 By the dozens, world leaders flocked to Paris last weekend to join a march in solidarity with, well, civilization. They joined as many as 1. more »»

Steubenville coverup need not be covered up

January 18, 2015 Within days of the August 2012 sexual assault of a 16-year-old Weirton, W.Va., girl by two Steubenville football players, allegations were made that school officials tried to cover up the crime. more »»


January 18, 2015 ? Among the many police reports I picked up this week was one which included an unusual occupation for one of the people arrested. The report listed the suspect’s occupation simply as, “drug dealer. more »»



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