Editorials

Sports gambling thought needed

The Supreme Court decision that paved the way for legalized sports betting across the nation should not be shocking nor should its impact be considered too deeply. To do so is to ignore a basic fact: Sports betting never was confined to the sportsbooks in Las Vegas. If that’s not a fact, ...

What happened to simple civility?

If anyone needs evidence of a complete lack of civility in the average American, the evidence is easily found in the comments on the story about the first lady recovering in the hospital from a kidney procedure. From the usual complaining about the first family having better health care than ...

Saccoccia good choice by OVAC

The people who had the opportunity to help choose the winner of this year’s Ohio Valley Athletic Conference coach of the year award had a tough job. Each of the five candidates directed their teams to successful seasons. That’s what made the bi-state conference’s selection of ...

Marina event sends message about parks

“Meet Me at the Marina” proved to be an event that holds some promise for the city recreation department in Steubenville. With about 100 participants taking advantage of Ohio’s fishing license-free day May 5, the marina, a city park, played host to a family oriented event, held as a way ...

Keep workers’ comp fees low

You won’t hear much criticism of Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation these days. But are things going too well at the BWC? One always hears complaints from injured workers that they did not get fair shakes from workers’ compensation programs. Still, it appears the number involving ...

Make Mother’s Day very special

Mothers may be much different in their public life than they were 104 years ago when President Woodrow Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May 1914 as a day to honor mothers. Moms then were, by and large, homemakers, what we’d call a “stay-at-home mom” nowadays. They cooked and ...

We must keep eyes on Iran

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

Be Best program deserves a chance

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

Remember those who protect us

Fighting crime can be dangerous work for the more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. On average, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one officer is killed somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. And, in 2016, 58,627 officers ...

‘Useful idiots’ are behind damage

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...