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Editorials

Some benefits are unaffordable

Certain expensive government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, often are referred to as “entitlements.” That is because many Americans view them as virtual rights. Unfortunately, the list of entitlements has grown beyond what taxpayers can sustain. This week, we learned ...

National parks are a treasure

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful — our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Different approach needed on health

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Competition good learning exercise

Recently, several sixth-graders in Brooke County honed their public speaking skills, with the best orator title on the line. We applaud the school district, as well as Sts. Joseph and Paul schools, for allowing their sixth-graders to, once again, be a part of a Gettysburg Address Speech ...

Sit back and enjoy baseball

We Americans have a lot on our minds these days. We continue to fight over health care. There are lingering battles over terms such as wiretapping and surveillance. We’ve once again become paranoid of the Russians. We’re worried about jobs and where the economy is headed. Many of ...

We’re standing against opioids

The formation of a presidential commission to study and plan the fight to end the opioid epidemic in the United States is a step in the right direction, but it has to be followed up with meaningful action. It was just a week ago that leaders from both sides of the political aisle said the ...

Repella served our town well

The city of Steubenville will have some big shoes to fill with the retirement of longtime Law Director S. Gary Repella. The 1970 Steubenville High School standout athlete — and member of the Ohio State University basketball team — went on to serve his community well as a public ...

Cleanup a valuable service to community

We all have those items in our homes which may be too big or difficult to toss out as part of our regular weekly garbage collection. Whether it be small pieces of furniture, appliances or other household items, we might not always have the option to get rid of them, forcing us to keep the ...

Stop extremism by hitting source

Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old British man who killed four people in a rampage last week in London, was not associated with al-Qaida, ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist group, British authorities say. But, they added, it is possible Masood was influenced by Muslim extremism. Whether that was ...

‘The media’ good topic for schools

Students at some schools in our area benefit from discussions, usually on the spur of the moment in classes on history or civics, about what has come to be referred to as “fake news.” A few school districts understand that helping young people navigate the ever-changing world of “the ...