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Editorials

Stay positive as EV future unfolds here

We, like most residents of the region, had been hopeful that General Motors would return to auto making here in Lordstown after ending production in March of the popular and well-built Chevy Cruze. Sadly, last month it became very clear that wasn’t going to happen when the corporation and ...

Past presidents are teachers, statesmen

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Executive orders come with scrutiny

Former President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive orders to get his way when Congress refused to go along with him — or when he simply did not want the American people to know what he was doing — was wrong. But President Donald Trump’s critics now point to the fact his use of ...

Later school start worth consideration

When State Senator Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, proposed legislation that would mean a later start to the school day for Ohio students, the reaction was mixed. But even if the idea may have been inspired by similar legislation in California, it should not be dismissed entirely. It warrants ...

Double-checking the bureaucrats on voter rolls

When Ohio experimented this year with releasing ahead of time the hundreds of thousands of names it intended to purge from voter rolls before the November election, organizations such as the League of Women Voters and other volunteer groups were asked, essentially, to double check the state’s ...

It high time to demand results from funding

The idea that if we just throw enough taxpayers’ money at a problem, it will go away was discredited years ago. Yet we continue to try that approach, probably wasting billions of dollars nationwide that could be put to better use. Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague’s office may be trying ...

Demand better care for all of our veterans

If allegations against the Department of Veterans Affairs are valid, Congress should take a hard look at the approximately $220 billion in taxpayer dollars the VA requested from this year’s budget. A department that cannot be trusted even to verify whether it is hiring people who are ...

Report shows opioid cost is overwhelming

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Tragic death should be a teachable moment

If there’s anybody that understands teenagers making mistakes, it’s my mom and me,” John Schafer said last week. “If it was truly just some kids that didn’t know any better or were just being stupid kids, and not anything more than that, I think my mom would understand.” But ...

Don’t let automaking future slip by in our area

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is vowing an “all-electric future” when it comes to new automobiles. To get there, GM has been wading through a restructuring plan in attempts to raise cash to help develop 20 electric models that it plans to sell worldwide by 2023. Organized labor has ...