Editorials

Trade speech hit all the right notes

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Existing laws serve a purpose

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church on Nov. 5 might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick ...

Foundation grants help organizations

The Hancock County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation continues its efforts to make a difference in our local communities, lending a hand to several area organizations working to benefit others. Recently the foundation awarded almost $49,000 to 23 area groups. These funding allocations have ...

Remember our veterans today

The names of the battlefields American men and women have fought on have changed many times over the years, but we must always remember the sacrifices they have made in those faraway places. That’s why we want every reader to take a moment today, Veterans Day, to remember all who have ...

Parties have earned cynicism of voters

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Check breakdown must be avoided

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre ...

Time to let go of the ACA mandate

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

Hold pipeline firms to their promises

Many West Virginians and Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets. Without that infrastructure, our gas has only limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas ...

Voters will face many decisions

While voters in Jefferson County last year cast ballots for federal offices, including president, Tuesday’s general election is about grassroots representation, with city, village, township and school board races on the ballot. It is probably one of the most important elections in ...

Probably not best use of tax dollars

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. But transparent foolishness simply is not tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. Take what happened Monday during a Columbus Council ...