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BE OUR GUEST: The Omnibus spending bill

December 21, 2014 There’s been much written and discussed about the recently passed “Omnibus” spending bill – legislation that funds each of the federal agencies — approved by bipartisan majorities in both the U.S. more »»

One step ahead of the law

December 20, 2014 It is nothing new that the penalty for malfeasance in federal government often is a promotion. Another example of the practice surfaced this week. more »»

Take McCain’s words to heart

December 19, 2014 Many voices have chimed during the past week in regard to the release of the U.S. more »»

Help when you can

December 18, 2014 We live among some of the most compassionate, generous people we know. Especially during the Christmas season, we open our hearts and our wallets to those in need. more »»


December 18, 2014 ROAST people who spit on public sidewalks, leaving behind a disgusting mess for other pedestrians to walk through. Not only is it unsightly, the habit is unhealthy. more »»

The methane challenge

December 17, 2014 No technology — not even the so-called “green” ones — can produce energy without affecting the environment in some way. Even the most primitive, undeveloped cultures emit pollutants. more »»

Preserve nature’s tax break

December 16, 2014 Many Americans live within a few hours’ drive of valuable, often beautiful, natural areas preserved in part because of a federal tax break. It ought to be made permanent. more »»

CIA must abide by policy

December 15, 2014 Much of the contents of a Senate report on use of torture by the CIA was known before the document was released last week. more »»

Will ISIS wring its hands over torture? Not likely

December 15, 2014 The Islamic State doesn’t appear ready to follow our lead, so don’t expect it to release its report on the morality of severing American heads any time soon. more »»

Show ends in a blaze of gory

December 15, 2014 The year is winding down with some good TV news: The amoral biker-gang drama “Sons of Anarchy” has ended its seven-year run on the cable channel FX, after a final season drenched in pointless sex an... more »»

Thinking about torture

December 15, 2014 For a long time I resisted the word “torture” when discussing the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don’t think I can do that anymore. more »»

Marriage idea loses its luster after plans were put on hold

December 15, 2014 DEAR ABBY: Recently, our state became one that allows same-sex couples to wed. My partner, “Alex,” and I have been together for 18 years. more »»

Extra precautions may ensure a merry Christmas

December 14, 2014 The number of daytime burglaries occurring in our county seems to have increased recently. more »»

Keep tax breaks on the books

December 13, 2014 Members of Congress have many priorities on their agendas during the next few weeks. One of them — continuing tax breaks on which millions of Americans rely — ought to be at the top of the lis. more »»

Did concussions play a role?

December 12, 2014 What prompted Ohio State University student-athlete Kosta Karageorge to take his own life? Did the concussions he suffered as a wrestler and football player have anything to do with the tragedy? As... more »»

Roasts and Toasts

December 11, 2014 ROAST those people who made fun of the evergreen the city of East Liverpool used for its Christmas tree this year, saying it was too small or otherwise not stately enough. more »»

Consider toy gun control

December 10, 2014 Perhaps a new debate about gun control is needed in America. Not about real firearms — but about “toys” that sometimes cause needless deaths of children. more »»

Congress still has time

December 9, 2014 Time is running out for Congress to act on critical pieces of legislation. more »»

Punish the repeaters

December 8, 2014 Why some politicians shrink from locking proved threats to the public up and throwing away the key is beyond us. more »»

Learn about the date which will live in infamy

December 7, 2014 “December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy,” is how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, described that horrible day 73 years ago today when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawai. more »»



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