Editorials

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 ...

More money not always the answer

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

We remember and look ahead today

The children who were born around Sept. 11, 2001, are now 17 years old. All their lives, American troops have been at war. The children of Sept. 11 never knew a world with relatively easy access to commercial airline flights and without metal detectors at the entrance to government ...

We need answers to coal concerns

Recent news that the W.H. Sammis Power Plant in Stratton will be closing was a blow to the region’s economy. But it is bad news for the nation as a whole, too. FirstEnergy Solutions revealed it will close three coal-fired generating units at the plant on June 1, 2022. The facility’s ...

Anonymous op-ed crosses the line

The choice to print an unsigned guest op-ed column from someone claiming to be an insider at the Trump White House who is part of a resistance within the White House, was simply wrong. In a world where misinformation is easily distributed, where anyone with a computer and a keyboard can share ...

Ethics can be hazy in Washington, D.C.

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

BCI pleas should have been heard

For months before their union in May filed a formal grievance over the issue, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents had complained about body armor older than the manufacturer’s expiration date. One BCI supervisor declared in an e-mail that, “I will not allow my folks to go through ...

Brooke fair offers something for all

County fairs offer something for just about everyone. And, if you need another reminder, you need look no further than the Brooke County Fair. This year’s edition of the annual event, which officially opens Friday and runs through Sunday at Brooke Hills Park, will feature a wide variety ...