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Look to the private sector

December 29, 2014 Unless the Secret Service is shaken up at the very top, the agency charged with protecting the president and other top officials will not correct problems that threaten its mission, an investigation... more »»

Clear out the bad apples

December 28, 2014 Apparently, officials at Trumbull County, Ohio, Children Services were not terribly concerned about Cody Beemer’s conviction for raping a 3-year-old relative. more »»

State accomplishments

December 27, 2014 Given the news media’s focus on controversy in both state and federal governments, it may be easy for some in the public to overlook the fact that most legislation is bipartisan in nature. more »»

A Cuban deal breaker

December 26, 2014 President Barack Obama should reconsider his initiative to open diplomatic relations with Cuba. more »»

The birth of Jesus Christ

December 25, 2014 The simple greeting, “Merry Christmas,” has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years. more »»

The magic still exists

December 24, 2014 The name Francis Pharcellus Church stands behind words penned that capture the secular spirit of Christmas and the joy and magic on the faces of children at this time of year. more »»

A very important task

December 23, 2014 We in this area would be naive to believe that social issues of concern in many other areas of the nation do not have ramifications here, too. more »»

Allow WIC the humble spud

December 22, 2014 If you are a low-income woman planning to pay for all or part of your groceries with vouchers from the federal WIC program, feel free to load up the cart with any fruits and vegetables you like. more »»

Jackman Vodrey family has earned the public’s trust

December 21, 2014 Little Beaver Creek and its surrounding preserve has long been considered one of the jewels of Columbiana Count. more »»

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 »»



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