Editorials

Loose Ends

Covering this week’s Westgate Middle School spelling bee, I asked the second place winner to refresh my memory what word he had misspelled. It had been only about five minutes since he spelled the word, but he said he didn’t remember. Jokingly, I said to him, “Oh yes you do. You’ll ...

Lights, camera, but any action?

Ohio legislators are being asked to increase tax incentives for films produced in the state and to offer them to stage productions, including Broadway shows touring the state. Proponents of increasing the current $40 million a year cap to $100 million say that would stimulate Ohio’s ...

Fund infant mortality effort

Among new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ninth-worst ...

Is art beyond Democrats’ reach?

Once again, Democrat leaders in Congress have made it plain their chief goal is attacking President Donald Trump, not dealing with illegal immigration. Unless reasonable Democrats retake control of their party, that attitude will continue to block progress. During the weekend, President ...

Corruption, thy name is WHO

Well, surprise, surprise: The World Health Organization is riddled with corruption, racism and sexism, say some United Nations officials. We won’t ask you to pardon us for our sarcasm, because, after decades in which it was obvious some key arms of the UN are rotten to the core, such ...

Trump should stay on schedule

As much as she may wish she could, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi cannot muzzle the president. Her stunt in suggesting President Donald Trump postpone his scheduled Jan. 29 State of the Union speech is meaningless, except in a political context. Pelosi, D-Calif., a few weeks ...

Find solution to the shutdown

U.S. Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between the executive and ...

Ohio’s medicinal marijuana law is in full implementation

Bright and early Wednesday morning, Joan Caleodis of Martins Ferry, Ohio, earned the distinction of being the first person in modern times to purchase marijuana legally in Ohio — at least, in the eyes of state officials. The substance remains illegal under federal law. But Caleodis was not ...

Fire deaths raise questions

Four precious little children died in a house fire Saturday night in Clay County, W.Va. They ranged in age from 6 months to 8 years. Their deaths raise troubling questions about West Virginia’s protection of children placed with foster families. All four of the little ones were staying ...

New governor has a lot of work ahead

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already: He has appointed one of the most diverse ...