Editorials

Civil rights case must be solved

What happened to Emmett Till helped focus many Americans’ attention on the civil rights struggle during the 1950s. Till was just 14 years old when white men in Mississippi tortured and murdered him in 1955. He died because a white woman claimed the African-American lad had whistled at ...

FDA milk crackdown misplaced

Surely, the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation that ...

Lawsuit against victims unsettling

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing last week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

More investigation needed at Ohio State

Ohio State University’s energy and openness in investigating allegations of sexual misbehavior by a long-dead physician for some athletic teams has been commendable. Turns out that may have been a sea change, compared to the attitude when the doctor was alive and working at OSU. Dr. ...

Flood victims deserve better

One suspects West Virginia legislators looking into delays in helping victims of 2016 floods in many counties knew one of the answers to their questions before they were even asked. Why, more than six months after federal officials approved nearly $150 million for flood victims, had the state ...

Caring for kids hit by opioid crisis

The ongoing opioid crisis has garnered much public and private reaction and debate, yet finding answers and solutions that could bring an end to it will take much more time, research and even experimentation on what works best. Sadly, children left orphaned by the crisis don’t have that ...

Have fun on your boat, but stay safe

With the recent hot weather, many area residents have taken to the water on a boat to cool off and relax. But that relaxing day can turn tragic if the principles of safe boating aren’t remembered. In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents involving 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries ...

Looks like OSU has a lot to explain

Ohio State University’s investigation of a sports doctor alleged to have sexually abused athletes at several institutions of higher learning has turned over a commendable number of stones. What has come creeping out from under some of them is disturbing. Scores of people, including former ...

Tougher approach to fighting toxic algae

Gov. John Kasich likely didn't make many new friends in the ag community when he signed an executive order this week that could eventually lead to increased regulations on fertilizer. But in calling for certain northwestern Ohio rivers and creeks, including Blanchard River and Eagle Creek, to ...

Tougher approach to fighting toxic algae

Gov. John Kasich likely didn't make many new friends in the ag community when he signed an executive order this week that could eventually lead to increased regulations on fertilizer. But in calling for certain northwestern Ohio rivers and creeks, including Blanchard River and Eagle Creek, to ...

Listen, react later on judge decision

Reading tea leaves is a sport in Washington that surfaces every time a justice nominee is picked for the Supreme Court. The sport of setting fire to the tea leaves is something on display heavily during the Trump administration, but not unheard of, even in recent history. One needs only to ...

New DEA rules give states more power in drug fight

For many years, drug companies pumped opioid pain pills into West Virginia at an incredible rate. To cite just one of several horror stories, during a decade-long period, 20.8 million of the pills were sent to two pharmacies in Williamson, which has a population of only about 2,900 people. No ...

Stay safe and protect others on roadways

Move over or go slower. OK, that lacks the catchiness of “drive sober or get pulled over,” but the rhyming structure is similar. And, like seat belt use, Ohio law requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching a vehicle with flashing lights parked along the roadway. ...

Appreciate miracles when they happen

Good news this week started in Thailand, where international rescuers pulled off the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave. But it doesn’t stop there. We had a miracle right here in the United States, too. A clearly disturbed man told Montana authorities ...

Education reform still needed

Give Ohio Gov. John Kasich credit for not having a dog in the fight he waged over public education for several months. By the time House Bill 512 could have gone into effect, Kasich would have been out of office. But though his motives appeared pure, Kasich’s idea was a bad one. He wanted ...

Keep on fighting until there is a cure

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children ...

National debt still climbing

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Protect pets from this summer’s hot temps

Animals can quickly succumb to heat stroke if left outdoors for long periods with no water or shelter in these, the hottest days of the year. Nationwide, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reports that at least 24 hot weather-related animal deaths have been reported this ...

Smoking still health concern for Ohio

We have known for decades that smoking can cause cancer, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses. Yet many Americans still have not kicked the habit. Here in Ohio, the concern is particularly worrisome, and it’s getting worse, not better. Last year, 22.5 percent of adults in Ohio ...

Opioids data should be released

West Virginia is ground zero for the drug abuse epidemic, with an overdose death rate far beyond any other state. No. 3 in the nation is Ohio, however (New Hampshire is second), and Buckeye State residents deserve to know how the situation got so dire. A recent study restricted to deaths from ...