Editorials

It is still the giving season

Another Christmas is history. Once again our compassionate Ohio Valley has worked something of a miracle for our less fortunate neighbors.Thanks to the generosity - the spirit of Christmas - that prevails in our area, thousands of children received toys they probably would not have gotten ...

It is the war at home

For the rest of her life, a 16-year-old Steubenville girl will carry the physical and emotional scars of what happened to her in the early morning hours Tuesday. She was asleep in bed when someone opened fire at her home. One bullet tore through both of her feet.Possibly to intimidate an adult ...

The meaning of this season

The simple greeting, "Merry Christmas," has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years.In fact, in many places and in many situations, that greeting has been replaced by the all-inclusive, yet far less meaningful, "Happy Holidays."That, however, ...

Boots need to be on the ground

Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq are being attacked more vigorously than ever before, as President Barack Obama emphasized last week. But decisive action against them still appears to be missing."We are hitting ISIL (Islamic State terrorists) harder than ever," Obama proclaimed. He ...

Loose Ends

At a time when many in our nation have questioned the actions of police officers, I wanted to share a snippet of a letter East Liverpool Police Chief John Lane wrote this week, thanking those in the community who donated toward the annual Cops and Kids program, which raised an astounding ...

Bergdahl freed, others died

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be tried by a general court-martial on charges he deserted his unit in Afghanistan and engaged in misbehavior before the enemy, the Army revealed this week. For Bergdahl, the trial will settle the question of whether he should be punished for what he did.But on a more ...

Not a good deal for us

U.S. negotiators at the climate change talks in Paris agreed to a scheme that could place Americans' fates in the hands of our chief economic, diplomatic and military rivals - not to mention some of our enemies.Some have every reason to put climate change action pressure on us, because they ...

A reasonable proposal on guns

Most people would agree terrorists should not be permitted to buy guns. But what about "suspected violent extremists"?In both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives week, Democrats pushed for a bill that would, in the The Associated Press' words, "prevent suspected violent extremists from ...

An unworkable idea at best

Criticism of presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is absolutely right on ethical grounds. As Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put it, "it's not what this country stands for."But Trump's idea is bad for another reason: It wouldn't ...

Have yourself a safe Christmas

With only 12 days until Christmas, holiday shoppers are in full gear trying to find everything on their gift lists before the big day.Amid all the hustle and bustle of this season, keep in mind that thieves are also revving up their holiday taking and could be targeting you or your home to ...