Editorials

The Good Samaritan Law should drop its 2-call limit

Ohio has two crucial components for combating overdoses of heroin or other opioids. At least one critical change is needed to make them more effective. One element is the availability of naloxone — sold under the brand name as Narcan — which can reverse the deadly effects of an opioid ...

VP Pence deserves better

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Mechanics student breaking barriers

Freedom is Americans’ constitutional right. Among those freedoms is the freedom to pursue any career regardless of gender or other factors. It wasn’t too long ago that many workplaces were exclusively for men. Why? Well, often it was because that was the status quo. In recent years, the ...

State must keep bridge funding in place

Keeping any sort of structure in good condition requires regular maintenance and, on occasion, replacement of worn-out components. Ensuring money is available to do that can be a challenge, but it is prudent financial management. That, in essence, appears to be the rationale for a bill ...

Ohio should keep a good thing going

Long after Gov. John Kasich leaves Ohio’s highest elected executive office, we hope a tradition he started in Steubenville in 2012 will continue: The taking of the State of the State Address on the road. Kasich started this custom in 2012 at Steubenville High School. Last year he gave his ...

Smoke detectors can save you from a fire

In the last two months, Washington County has had two fatal fires, resulting in the deaths of five people. In another fire, a local teen was critically burned. With these tragedies fresh in our minds, there’s no better time to make sure that your family is as protected as possible. Along ...

New FERC members are needed

A major natural gas pipeline serving our region will be built as a result of a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The $4.3 billion Rover Pipeline should ease the problem of gas “locked in” to West Virginia and East Ohio because there is no way to ship it. But the Rover ...

Start of baseball is here

While the Mid-Ohio Valley has — so far — managed to escape much of the bad winter weather we have come to expect, there are many signs that spring is not that far off, the most reliable of which happens this week. That’s when pitchers and catchers report for Major League Baseball’s ...

Not too early to get ready for spring

Spring cleaning time isn’t too far away. Don’t let the predictions of Groundhog Day give you a false sense that there’s plenty of time before the mercury starts to rise above freezing. Pretty soon people in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be cleaning windows, washing walls and sprucing up ...

Trump must recognize the U.S. is exceptional

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Tax time is here, don’t put it off

According to the Internal Revenue Service’s form 1040 instructions, the average individual tax filer can expect to spend eight hours and $110 preparing and filling out a return. That doesn’t include time your employer spends getting tax forms ready for you. There’s a table showing all ...

High school students set example for all of us

Not every teenager thinks very often about the community around them and the issues that might exist. Even fewer identify problems and then take action against them. But a group of local high school students is doing just that, through a program designed to give foster parents a ...

Black History Month important

February is Black History Month. It’s a chance to remind the nation of the advances that have been made. It’s not just about civil rights, but about justice — the justice that comes from deserved recognition. Black History Month’s roots go back to the 1920s, when Dr. Carter G. ...

Statewide bail reform called for

With jails bulging due to the opiate epidemic, county-level officials across the state are calling for the legislature and the Ohio Supreme Court to fix a bail system that is contributing heavily to the overcrowding problem. Both the County Commissioners' Association of Ohio and the Buckeye ...

Dangerous drugs must be kept from kids

Keeping dangerous substances out of reach of little children has been a point of  emphasis for families for a long time. But in today’s world the concerns for what children can get into takes on a much more serious tone. In the past, adults likely had to worry about cold medicines or blood ...

Don’t throw baby out with the bath water

Opposition to some of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposals already appears to virtually preclude their adoption by the General Assembly. His plan to cut income taxes while increasing sales taxes is being criticized by both Republicans and Democrats. Let’s not throw the baby out with ...

Move over and keep others safe

The Ohio Highway Patrol is asking motorists to ‘Move Over’ for emergency responders. We all know stopping along the state’s interstates and roadways can be dangerous, even deadly. In fact, the highway patrol reports that from 2012 to 2016, highway patrol cruisers were involved in 73 ...

Tump’s policy hurt by lack of planning

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Keeping the state budget balanced

The budget proposal unveiled by Gov. John Kasich Monday is a balancing act. Yes, that is required, because the state must have a balanced budget. That’s an equilibrium the governor attempts to seek with a combination of tax increases — and expansions — and cuts in spending. But ...

Moore a trailblazer who will be missed

Mary Tyler Moore was a trendsetter who didn’t make her life about her own star power. She made the shows she made, supported the charities she supported and lived the life she lived. And, it goes without saying that for a few generations of Americans, she is missed as an entertainment ...