Editorials

Doctor’s sentence sends a message

Dr. Tod Hagins of Wintersville apparently had little use for the traditional part of a physician’s creed, to “first, do no harm.” By appearances, Hagins’ was willing to pad his own pockets by adding to the misery of others. Hagins, 52, had the justice system book thrown at him ...

Libraries must be open to all ideas

No doubt there are many books in public libraries that are considered trashy, immoral and, in the case of non-fiction works, inaccurate by many people. But if they are of interest to a substantial number of people, they ought to be on the shelves. There are some exceptions, of course. Blatant ...

A more effective strategy needed

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their ...

Make homecoming safe for everyone

A tradition that is a highlight of fall is under way as area high schools celebrate their homecomings. Students get the chance at this early point in the school year to enjoy the company of their friends, family and alumni during one of the more memorable events of the school year. And, ...

Disclosure should involve Bransfield

Most cases of sexual harassment are handled quietly and privately. If they occur in a workplace, the perpetrators are disciplined, sometimes fired. Only rarely, when someone files a lawsuit, are harassment situations made public. But the case we reported on Page 1A last week needs to be dealt ...

Constitution is our bedrock

Today we honor our Constitution, the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of Independence 11 years before. There to reform the Articles of ...

Community will honor our stars

The residents of our region who will be honored as Community Stars Monday evening have at least one, very important thing, in common — they have shown time and again they are willing to do the right thing for no other reason than it is the right thing to do. We’re certain you will see ...

Ohio taking right course on marijuana

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They are still waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...

United Ways help keep area strong

United Ways that cover the Tri-State Area raise money for agencies and organizations that provide a wide variety of services designed to better the lives of our friends and neighbors. They offer food and shelter to those who are in need. They offer a safe place to go when people are ...

Some oldtime fun at Hancock fair

Some oldtime fun will be found at Tomlinson Run State Park this weekend with the return of the Hancock County Oldtime Fair. Since it was chartered in 1930, the fair has brought a sense of pride and tradition for Hancock County and its residents, relying more on local history and community ...