Editorials

How do you reply to tough questions from kids?

Today’s daily news headlines can make parents stop and think, “How do I explains this to the kids?” Well, there’s no owner’s manual for parents to follow. One person may avoid a topic altogether while another might explain a news story in generalities, skipping the details ... for ...

Predators need to know they can’t hide

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

Offer ideas to Ohio’s Opioid Challenge

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

Don’t let the opioid epidemic be the norm

Last year we featured in the paper a longtime heroin user who was celebrating being clean and sober. He spoke of rebuilding his life and his relationships, of feeling clear-headed as he spent time with his children. His daughter no longer told him “Daddy, you’ve got them funny eyes.” ...

Shop local and help the economy

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season can wear thin on some people, and they might become tired of having to battle the crowds of all those other people who are searching for that perfect gift. Many of those people have given up — and decided it is better to purchase gifts ...

Hoping for help in our drug fight

Remember when training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver were the big things in health care? When automatic external defibrilators and first aid kits were the in-demand equipment? You don’t hear as much about them as you did for years. Something new, naloxone and ...

Don’t be a traffic statistic

Sad stories can be found frequently along our highways. Sadly, someone in control of a situation lost control either through inattentiveness, lack of focus, or mechanical failure. The result is a lost life. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is trying to track area traffic crashes to see if ...

Coats for Kids needs donations

As we ease into the month of December temperatures will no doubt turn colder. We want to make sure every child in Washington County has a warm winter coat to wear. As a sponsor of the annual Coats for Kids campaign, we hope readers will donate gently used or new coats, kids sizes 4 to 16 ...

Don’t be a target while holiday shopping

Holiday shopping has officially started. The constant running that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers must practice common sense and have an awareness of their surroundings in order to make sure it is a safe shopping season. Thieves look for the opportunities the season ...

At-home suspensions for worst offenders

State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, has introduced a bill that should receive serious consideration from her colleagues in Columbus. The idea is that public schools would resort to home suspensions only for the worst offenses — bringing a gun to school, for example — rather than simple ...

Take steps to prevent house fires this holiday

Winter is the peak season for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of fire during the winter months. Candles, decorations and Christmas trees are another cause of fires in December. The ...

State looks at ways to keep trained teachers

Several policy changes being considered by Ohio officials have a clear purpose: dealing with shortages of trained teachers. More flexibility and less bureaucracy normally are good things in public schools. Educators should be able to concentrate on teaching children, not complying with state ...

Trying to avoid too much stress this holiday

The pace of the holidays is starting to speed up. Some people revel in the spirit of the holidays, humming Christmas songs as they go about the holiday preparations. But those already stressed can feel a little overwhelmed at the holidays. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can dim the ...

Victims’ rights: Justice counts

Earlier this month, Ohio voters handed a lopsided victory to proponents of crime victims’ rights. More than 82 percent of those casting ballots in the Nov. 7 election said yes to Issue 1, the so-called Marsy’s Law. Issue 1 reinforces a variety of rights for crime victims and their ...

Take care against the silent killer

It is unlikely we will ever know why a family in rural Jefferson County, W.Va., took the risk they did during the weekend. None of them — a man, woman, teenager and toddler — survived. Their bodies were found Sunday, along with a generator that was being used inside their home. Carbon ...

Stop the bailout of misdeeds in Congress

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...

Stay safe while on the road this week

America is about to hit the road to celebrate the coming holiday. According to estimates released by AAA, 45.5 million people will drive our highways between Wednesday and Sunday to reach their desired destinations for Thanksgiving. It is traditionally one of the busiest holiday travel ...

Tax reform must be fair to all

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Even with technology we struggle to connect

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Roads must be safe for area drivers

Energy companies are supposed to be making life better for us, not making our roads dangerous and/or impassable. Local, state and, if it comes to that, federal officials should back area residents concerned about that. Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick, frustrated that three companies did not ...