Editorials

Make property owners part of meth solution

Heroin overdoses and meth labs have become the scourge of Columbiana County in the last few years. Despite efforts by law enforcement agencies throughout the county, both heroin sales and usage and the creation of labs to manufacture illegal methamphetamines continue to plague even the quietest ...

U.N. peacekeepers fail again

When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations' peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace? Been awhile, hasn't it?More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the blue-helmeted "peacekeepers" doing nothing as they watched people be slaughtered.It happened again a ...

The burden of Obamacare

Obamacare would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated. But President Barack Obama, taking time out from assuring Americans that if we liked our health insurance and our doctors we could keep them, labeled such ...

Serve, and also protect

The video recording that shows Perry Galloway Jr.'s last minutes on earth is gut wrenching and heart breaking. Every law enforcement officer and official in the Ohio Valley should view it.Galloway, of Wheeling, W.Va., died March 31, 2015 after the car he was driving was pulled over by an Ohio ...

Analyze cost on middle class

Congressional Budget Office analysts estimate the national debt, now at 75 percent of the gross national product, will grow to 86 percent in a decade.Rising debt hampers economic growth, the analysts added. And they pointed out critical programs including Social Security, Medicare and the ...

Fighting terrorism, one by one

A few weeks ago, we warned that defeating terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State on the battlefield probably will mean an increase in brutal attacks by their operatives. Now it is official: After meeting with security advisers, President Barack Obama has issued the same ...

Deficit not worth bragging about

President Barack Obama brags his stewardship over the federal budget has been praiseworthy. Why, spending deficits are going down, he proclaims.Wrong. Monthly budget deficits - the difference between what the government takes in and what it spends - are increasing.Last year's budget gap was ...

Insult added to injury

When Columbiana County was first preyed upon by the illegal investment scheme launched by then treasurer Ardel Strabala through his son, Stephen, back in the early 1990s, we learned that $6 million in county money had been lost in the stock market, and another $334,000 had been spent on ...

Who is to blame? WHO

One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died - no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers - as a result of the failures.In February, the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., shipped more than six million doses of yellow ...

Just like a tax increase

One of those "fact check" analyses of presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech on the economy made the limits of such writing very clear. In a nutshell, one of its conclusions was simplistic - and very misleading.Trump gave a major speech Monday, outlining his plans for tax cuts intended to ...