Editorials

Keep economic heat on Iran

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

Viciousness poisoning country

As U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley pointed out Thursday morning, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford have one thing in common: Both are victims of the viciousness that has taken over our public discourse. Grassley, R-Iowa, was opening a ...

Reauthorize the LWCF

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Is there a solution in sight?

Last year, drug overdoses claimed 4,854 lives in the Buckeye State, according to an analysis of coroners’ reports by the Columbus Dispatch. That is an increase of about 20 percent compared to 2016. Substance abuse is growing worse. It also is changing, as is the case in other states, ...

Political weaponry

One may be tempted to wonder why, if they are so eager to get at the truth, powerful Democrats in the U.S. Senate kept allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh under wraps for so long. Actually, there is no question about the cynical game being played by Sen. Dianne ...

Have ‘Fear,’ but no fear

No doubt there are many books in public libraries that are considered trashy, immoral and, in the case of non-fiction works, inaccurate by many people. But if they are of interest to a substantial number of people, they ought to be on the shelves. There are some exceptions, of course. Blatant ...

Washingtonville must sell voters on need for money

Officials of the village of Washingtonville have apparently lost sight of who they are working for, otherwise they wouldn’t be so quick to make plans to thwart the will of the voters. Last December, Village Council voted to impose a .5 percent income tax on its paycheck-earning residents. ...

Blasey Ford must be heard

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

Effective drug strategy needed

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...

We don’t do that here

A New Jersey woman who used a knife to intimidate two 4-year-olds pleaded guilty — and was placed on probation. Incredible. Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, directed a child care center. When the two children were taken to her office for disciplinary reasons, she brandished a knife. Akinnaso was ...