Editorials

Thanks to those who clear the road

By the time this newspaper is delivered, a winter storm should be underway. Snowfall forecasts vary, with some calling for 4-8 inches by the time the white stuff stops falling. Some predict 8-12 inches. Worse, the flakes are to be accompanied by and followed by wind. It’s like in the ...

State of the Union is a time to deal

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

DeWine has work to do for Ohioans

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already: He has appointed one of the most diverse ...

Reinvent to create more jobs

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls conducted once in a while by ...

Take care of Ohio’s roads, bridges

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...

Don’t delay, go get that flu shot

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Flu activity began tracking upward in ...

Demand child care standards

Buckeye State child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the ...

Clamp down on corrupt bidding

Many people probably believe that when government needs to buy something big, officials are required to accept the lowest bid. That is not true, and the fact is a gift to those out to swindle taxpayers. Low-bid requirements sometimes can be circumvented, when there are special requirements ...

A way to save on medicine

In 2017, West Virginia was faced with growing Medicaid costs — particularly when it came to prescription drugs. So state government cut out the middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers, and turned to a streamlined system that utilizes West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy to recommend ...

Christmas Eve a holy, silent night

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

Please donate to the kettle campaign

While the extremely low unemployment rate — nationally, statewide and locally — is undoubtedly beneficial, it and a strong economy can result in growing pains. For example, the Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate for the fourth time this year. While the move is a way to stave off ...

Pay raise in bill begs veto

Ohioans upset about the swamp that is the federal government may want to clean up Columbus before moving on to Washington. There’s a stink at the Ohio Statehouse, too. Last week, both houses of the General Assembly approved a bill with the ostensible purpose of increasing death benefits for ...

Imagine America without red, blue states

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Remember to give this holiday season

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Meyer’s decision sends a message

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Yet, at only 54 years of age, he is retiring from his post at Ohio State University. Why? In revealing Meyer’s plan to retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl, OSU officials gave no reason. There has been ...

Out state needs a Cyber Reserve

Threats to our security come in many forms, but among the least understood are those that occur in cyberspace. From our personal computers and smartphones all the way up to the server banks keeping hospitals running and those holding the secrets of the federal government, hackers can be as ...

Bush was a kinder, gentler president

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Actual results may vary

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos in Ohio — predicted the four locations at the time would generate $1.9 billion in ...

Shopping locally just more sensible

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should ...

A smoke detector can save your life

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...