Editorials

Privacy concerns remain an issue

A few weeks ago, after Apple CEO Tim Cook thumbed his nose at the FBI's request for help in recovering evidence from the government-issued iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook, we said there was no difference in this criminal investigation than law enforcement getting a warrant and ...

Recreation plan good place to start

Recreation is one of the things that can define a community.Good recreational facilities can make a community an attractive place to live. Unfortunately, recreation is a money loser for cities, and it doesn't help when a city is facing budget restraints. But a lack of recreational opportunities ...

Ohio payroll increase deserves attention

Despite the often sincere efforts of legislators and governors to curb growth in government, state bureaucracies have a way of creeping up on taxpayers. So it appears to have been in Ohio.When Gov. John Kasich took office a few years ago, he and members of the General Assembly had to make tough ...

Administration not always forthcoming

It is illegal for government officials to refuse to turn over most official documents to anyone who asks for them. Yet President Barack Obama's administration has set new records in failing to turn documents over to journalists and in dragging its feet, sometimes for years, when it does ...

Easter Sunday

Some 2,000 years ago, an itinerant preacher in the Middle East was crucified for, as his executioners put it, claiming to be a king.There was no immediate worldwide news coverage of the event. There were no live images beamed to televisions, tablets and cell phones around the world, no tweets, ...

Perspective on events

Each of the presentations in the Herald-Star Speaker Series has proven to be a interesting experience and has helped residents of the Tri-State Area gain new perspective into events of historical significance.The formula that has worked very successfully, and we're hoping to build on that when ...

Give Kids a Smile a valuable event

Everyone will be smiling next week, as the annual Eastern Gateway Community College's Give Kids A Smile event gets under way at the college.Thanks to the caring efforts of area dentists and hygientists who volunteer their time and talents, as well as Eastern Gateway Community College dental ...

Looking for answers to bullies

So, I got a call from the school. Not my children's school - my nephew, the Heathenish, was ill. My sister, Foo-Dog, was at work and couldn't bail. Could I come and get him?Well, yeah. Foo and I do that for each other. The nice thing about the newsroom is that it's child-friendly - if there is ...

Guest column/Assurance of God’s protection is a great comfort

Recently I woke to intense, bright lightning and booming thunder that shook the bed. It was 3 a.m. and the winds were howling. As I got up to look out the bedroom window, my phone started blaring out a tornado warning.Are we safe?This was the first night of our trip. Though wakened from a ...

Guest column/Assurance of God’s protection is a great comfort

Recently I woke to intense, bright lightning and booming thunder that shook the bed. It was 3 a.m. and the winds were howling. As I got up to look out the bedroom window, my phone started blaring out a tornado warning.Are we safe?This was the first night of our trip. Though wakened from a ...