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Opinion

Dangerous pets must be contained

Editorials

Fifteen-foot pythons and 7-foot crocodiles are fun to look at in zoos — but not so enjoyable in the hills of West Virginia or the creeks of Ohio. A few weeks ago, a Morgantown man somehow let his 15-foot python escape into the woods outside the city. Efforts to find the reptile have been ...

Taliban must fully cooperate with US

Letters to the Editor

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

Conduct public’s business openly

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court members should not have had to issue the unanimous ruling they did last week. That they were required to do so should anger Buckeye State residents. Ruling in a lawsuit filed by a community newspaper in Cuyahoga County, justices ordered that government bodies cannot conduct ...

Preventing mass murders in the US

Editorials

If you could somehow could gather up and melt down every AR-15 or AK-47 clone in the United States, you would have virtually no success in preventing mass murders. My guess is that they’d occur about as frequently as they do now. But the gun control advocates say that if we could just get ...

Back-to-school means back to safety basics

Editorials

It’s that time of year again. Children of all ages will be making their way to and from school every day. Some of them are walking, some of the older ones might be driving, and many are taking the bus. Do your part to keep them safe. Parents should of course remind their kids to behave ...

Back-to-school means back to safety basics

Editorials

It’s that time of year again. Children of all ages will be making their way to and from school every day. Some of them are walking, some of the older ones might be driving, and many are taking the bus. Do your part to keep them safe. Parents should of course remind their kids to behave ...

Living the credo: ‘To protect and to serve’

Editorials

No one can say with certainty what would have happened had Hancock County sheriff’s deputies not reacted as they did to “shots fired” calls Wednesday night. One woman was shot to death and three others were wounded by a gunman, however — so what did occur was bad enough. Had the ...

Senate Bill 3 bad for our communities and children

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Last fall Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Issue One, which sought to drastically reduce penalties on drug dealers and repeat drug offenders. Senate Bill 3 seeks to use tax dollars to make Ohio lenient on drug dealers and eliminate accountability for drug users at the ...

Kindness costs nothing but means everything

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thursday at the fair, I was in line to buy tickets to the truck and tractor pulls when they asked everyone to rise for the National Anthem. There were two young guys (late teens I think) about three people in front of me. I watched as the one with the baseball hat on took it ...

Most puzzling is what drives mass murderers

Editorials

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding — as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has — that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick ...