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Opinion

Freedom of speech, not hate

Editorials

President Donald Trump continues to be criticized, often in harsh terms, for suggesting earlier this month that white supremacists and neo-Nazis, while disgusting to true Americans, are not alone in using violence against those who disagree with them. Former Vice President Joe Biden actually ...

The epitome of an emergency

Editorials

By one estimate, drug abuse claims an average of 11 lives each day in Ohio. A natural disaster — say, an emerging disease rampaging through the state — would be viewed as an emergency. Many in law enforcement and state government treat substance abuse as such a threat. But structurally, ...

Pride in our history

Editorials

We were dismayed to learn that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources decided to remove an oil painting of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan from its Salt Fork Lodge in Cambridge. The ODNR’s reason was not included in the Associated Press story so we’re not sure what their logic was ...

Afghans must pull their weight

Editorials

No doubt leaders of Afghanistan’s government were delighted to hear President Donald Trump’s speech Monday night. Let us hope they listened to all of it. Instead of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, regardless of the situation there, Trump plans to step up military action against ...

The military is always at risk

Editorials

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the weekend collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. The Navy also will look ...

No retreat in Afghanistan

Editorials

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump ...

Rules are meant to be broken … sometimes

Editorials

A decision last week by the East Liverpool Design Review Board, ordering a downtown business owner to paint over a colorful graphic covering his storefront, has caused considerable stir on social media. Board members expressed their reluctance while voting for the decision, apologizing to the ...

Time to review court security

Editorials

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting Monday of Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county courthouse. Still, the ...

Keep the cops’ hands free

Editorials

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

The war moves to the source

Editorials

The opioid addiction crisis in Columbiana County shows no signs of abating, it is, instead, rapidly worsening. Rarely a day goes by when reports of overdoses are not listed in our police pages, or our court news doesn’t include those being tried for drug abuse or trafficking. Sadly, on ...