Editorials

If it’s been a while, make sure you’re registered to vote

If you are an Ohioan planning to vote in next year’s important elections, think back: Have you voted in any election or referendum during the past six years? If not, shame on you. But more important for the future, you may want to ensure you remain registered to vote next year. State law ...

A fitting tribute to James Coffey

On Saturday morning, residents of Toronto will gather near War Memorial Pool to participate in a ceremony that will see the shelter house there renamed after the late James Coffey. It’s a fitting honor for a man who is remembered as humble and kind, a person who touched the lives of ...

Sales tax holiday offers welcome relief

Ohio will welcome back-to-school shoppers from 12:01 a.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday with a tax holiday on most-used school supplies. State and local sales and use taxes will be waived on clothing of $75 per item or less; school supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and school ...

Mingo shines on Community Days

Tradition and nostalgia run deep in Mingo Junction, and its connection to the world of entertainment plays a large role in the history of the village. Thanks to being the home of Rob Parissi of Wild Cherry and “Play That Funky Music” fame and to being prominently featured in films ...

Pill situation more complex

We have known for some time that even as the danger of prescription pain pills containing opioids was becoming clear, drug companies were shipping out hundreds of millions of them. Some — not all — doctors continued to write prescriptions for them despite warnings that might not be best for ...

Be informed when you vote for judges

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy has some excellent advice for Buckeye State voters: Learn about judicial candidates and their philosophies on the state constitution. Kennedy, who is up for re-election next year, made the comments during a recent presentation in Belmont County. As ...

State should be able to step in and help

Giving local officials as much control as possible over public schools normally is the best policy. Education bureaucrats in state capitals simply are not familiar enough with local needs to handle the job well. But what if local officials are doing a terrible job? Is it fair to children to ...

OVAC football game means season is near

If you’re a fan of high school football, today will certainly serve as a preview of what’s coming in just a few weeks. When the top graduated seniors from Ohio take on their counterparts from West Virginia in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference’s Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game, it ...

Be careful with use of technology

Technology and access to the Internet have done incredible things for education — but they also bring a danger to our schools. As with many shiny new trends (in all industries, not just education), it is only after we are past the point of no return that we realize some drawbacks. Providing ...

Brooke principal on the right track

Ask many teachers what they need most to help students achieve and the answer will be quick in coming: More involvement by parents. Good for Brooke High School’s new principal, Lee Weppler, for making that a priority. Weppler happens to be a 2002 graduate of Brooke, so he understands the ...