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Editorials

Don’t give in to cyber-ransom

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...

Spend defense dollars wisely

America’s armed forces are the very best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. But years of neglect under former President Barack Obama have left the military in a rebuilding mode. A $700 billion ...

A better Christmas for all

Christmas is less than a week away. Except for a few odds and ends, most people have their holiday preparations in place. It is different for the many churches and other organizations that help the needy during the holidays, with everything from toys for the children to food for families. ...

Armed and protective

Southern Local Board of Education members made a bold move this week when they voted unanimously to allow designated employees to carry concealed handguns. United Local’s school board approved a similar resolution, also unanimously. Now, Columbiana’s school board is considering the same ...

Back scratchers beware

What should happen to Stuart Davis, the chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services? Simple: If he did what the state inspector general alleges, he should be fired, then prosecuted. In his position, Davis makes many decisions on what technologies state ...

Do not expect objective research

Strange, isn’t it, that radical environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when the ...

Study the lone wolf terrorists

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people on ...

O’Neill must go now, if not sooner

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill wore out his welcome on the high court weeks ago. His seeming inability to understand why anyone might be upset with him makes it clear he is unfit for the office he is seeking now — governor. O’Neill announced Friday he is a candidate for the ...

Not much better than nothing

Like the grim joke that was its predecessor, the League of Nations, the United Nations was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has failed dismally. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world today is the civil war gripping Yemen. During the past several ...

First Amendment covers us all

You may have seen anti-abortion displays similar to that which Students for Life planned to erect on Miami University’s Hamilton, Ohio, campus earlier this year. They feature a number of crosses, with signs explaining each one represents a baby aborted during a specified amount of ...