Editorials

Vote no on Issue 1

In many ways, the most important decision Ohioans will make in the election next Tuesday has nothing to do with candidates for public office. It will be whether to declare defeat in the war against substance abuse. A proposed amendment to the state constitution, Issue 1, is on the ballot. Its ...

Elderly fell through the cracks

The need for everyone to look out for children became apparent many years ago in Ohio. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. Fortunately, that is changing. The ...

Health for those around you

It’s that time of year again — cold, flu, seasonal allergies ... the “crud.” It seems as though there is constantly something going around, whether at school, work, church, or even within families. As always during this season, there are a few things a person can do to reduce the ...

On the straight and narrow

Two Ohio legislators want to set new limits on young motorists. They would increase the length of time new drivers are required to operate under permits rather than full licenses. Currently, drivers under 18 are required to hold instruction permits for six months. A bill sponsored by state ...

Still time to get your flu shot

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

Money well, and quickly, spent

Often, the prudent way for a state to spend federal grant money is to disburse it sparingly, for two reasons. First, ensuring the money is being spent effectively is important. Second, not running out of funds before the grant period ends is a consideration. Ohio officials deserve praise ...

Make this a safe Halloween

As children prepare to make their annual costumed trek throughout Columbiana County during the next few days, we ask parents to put safety first this Halloween. Following some common-sense rules will ensure a safe and happy Halloween for everyone. Trick or treat night will be observed in ...

Can we stop the human wave?

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...

When rhetoric leads to violence

Someone tried to send a bomb to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but it was intercepted by the Secret Service, it was revealed Wednesday. The Secret Service also was looking into what may have been an explosive sent to former President Barack Obama. Police in New York were ...

Job well done by BWC agents

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 health ...