Editorials

Bowie’s talent helped to change our world

A champion for the oddball.A hitmaker.A starman.An actor and composer and playwright.Androgynous.Andy Warhol 2.0.All those descriptions apply to one talented pop cultural icon in the form of David Bowie, who died Sunday at the age of 69 after a bout with cancer.He lived a very private life for ...

Online registration right for Ohioans

Ohioans can do a variety of things from the comfort and convenience of their homes, providing they have computers with Internet connections. They can send money and get money. They can buy things and sell things. They can obtain mortgages and insurance.But they cannot register to vote.At one ...

Is clarification in order here?

Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. If a study is not critical of the fossil-fuel industry, well, perhaps the government had better try again until it gets an acceptable result.In June, the Environmental Protection ...

Safety belts continue to keep motorists safe

News about highway safety in Ohio came with an implied warning recently for travelers everywhere: Buckle up.Highways in general have become steadily safer for several years. But traffic fatalities increased during 2015 in Ohio, for the second year in a row. The State Highway Patrol reports ...

Winter driving can offer challenges

The lack of snow so far this winter has left many drivers with a false sense of security on the road.There are still at least six more weeks of winter, and we are heading into the coldest time of the year. That means it is only a matter of time before snow or freezing rain will impact ...

Numbers good news for Ohio’s economy

Ohioans got some good news about the economy during the fall, when the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported there were 240,000 job openings in the state. That is the highest that particular measure has been since it was first tracked, in 2011.Even better, the report showed nearly ...

Ed Laman served Wintersville well

Ed Laman always knew he was going to be the the chief of the Wintersville Police Department.Laman retired at the end of 2015 after serving as police chief since 2000.Laman became a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy in 1971, and served as a Dillonvale police office from 1973 to 1974. He came to ...

Steelers ready to start playoff run

A couple of weeks ago, it looked as if the Pittsburgh Steelers had decided to cash in and give up, losing to the rival Baltimore Ravens when a win could have sealed the Black and Gold's fate as a playoff team.The team's fate instead fell partially to the Buffalo Bills, and Buffalo delivered. ...

Better communication a good place to start

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice might be alive today if Cleveland police officers had been told they might be about to confront a kid with a pellet gun. But the dispatcher who sent them did not think to pass along that information from the caller who notified police about Rice.Just two seconds after ...

Medicare questions just won’t go away

Millions of older people who rely on Medicare will find the health care program is different this year.Several changes have been made to reduce costs and allegedly improve quality.One new facet of the program is that Medicare will pay for "end-of-life" counseling for patients. Their options for ...