Editorials

Farm subsidies and poor ethics

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Working for country’s benefit

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Address the coal question

News last week that the W.H. Sammis Power Plant in Jefferson County will be closing was a blow to the region’s economy. But it is bad news for the nation as a whole, too. FirstEnergy Solutions revealed it will close three coal-fired generating units at the plant on June 1, 2022. The ...

Don’t abandon the bail system

More than a few people charged with crimes complain about the bail system. Coming up with several thousand dollars — sometimes hundreds of thousands — to gain release from jail while awaiting trial is an unreasonable burden, they say. Leave it to the Californians to come up with a ...

Keep the pressure on Korea

One can understand why North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un thought he could get away with lying to President Donald Trump. He and his predecessors did it successfully with previous presidents, so why not? But Kim’s failure to keep his promises about abandoning nuclear weapons is not working ...

Iran sanctions are working

Last Tuesday was a tough day for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Members of his country’s parliament raked him over the coals because he has not done enough to keep the economy from crashing and burning. What a shame. Pardon our sarcasm, please. But news Iran’s leaders are becoming ...

Make the holiday a safe one

When Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, it was designated as a day for America to honor its workers and their contributions to our country. The nature of the holiday has changed significantly since its inception. We still pay tribute to our workforce, but the day also serves as the ...

Balancing rights with ADA

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

Issue 1 goes too far

Ohioans going to the polls on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to pass judgment on an idea suggested for many years — virtual decriminalization of most illegal drug offenses. If approved, Issue 1 would reduce sentences drastically for purchase, possession or use of illicit drugs, including ...

John McCain’s parting gift

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...