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Editorials

Fighting the good fight against food stamp fraud

Legislation announced earlier this month by two Ohio legislators and Ohio Auditor David Yost could help curb food stamp fraud and aid in the battle against drug abuse. Yost and state Rep. Tim Schaffer and state Sen. Matt Huffman propose putting photo IDs on the Ohio Access card which is used ...

NATO support cuts both ways

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

U.S. needs a creative thinker

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

The business of government

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

Vice president deserves better

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Ease reins on community banks

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. Last week, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Don’t keep Pence in the dark

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Council must have final say on Columbiana chicken issue

Being awakened to the sound of roosters crowing at dawn is a beautiful thing — provided of course that you’re waking up in the country and that’s the way you like to start your day. If you’re a city dweller, however, you might prefer being roused from your sleep by something other ...

Mechanics too far behind lines

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Keep coal in the picture

Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly electric bills have gone up and ...