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Editorials

Tax dollars at work

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. But transparent foolishness simply is not tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. Take what happened during a Columbus City Council ...

The Air Force’s blunder

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

One thing is clear

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Enforce gun laws

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church Sunday might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick Kelley, ...

Remember to thank a vet

It all began on Nov. 11, 1918 and was originally known as Armistice Day. At 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 the armistice ending World War I was signed. The day later became a holiday to not only celebrate the end of World War I— then known as the war to end all wars — ...

Puerto Rico must do its part

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

The only real solution

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City last week? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this country from ...

Do not compromise too much

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred last week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Much will depend on Tuesday

Tuesday is Election Day, a very important day for determining the future of our Columbiana County communities. Unlike last year when the presidential election theatrics began very early, this year’s election may seem rather dull and unexciting. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that ...

Country does need a tax cut

As conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to enacting a major tax relief bill, liberal opponents are scrambling to find arguments against it. Their quest has taken them even to the point of disavowing — for now — one of the key tenets of liberal philosophy. Now, ...