Editorials

Keep eye out for motorcyles

This is Motorcycle Safety Month, the time for an annual reminder to watch for two-wheeled vehicles that come out of storage and return to the streets each spring. We like to think our readers are conscientious and already drive carefully. But there is one place most drivers can improve when ...

Next choice to lead VA must be a solid choice

White House physician Adm. Ronny Jackson has withdrawn from contention as new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He continues to insist allegations about his character are false. Perhaps, perhaps not. Sterling character should be a prerequisite for the VA secretary post. But ...

Make sure to Give Local MOV

Mid-Ohio Valley residents are incredibly generous people. Time and again they step up when their neighbors (whether a block away or a continent away) are in need. But most of us feel best about our giving when we can direct funds to local organizations doing local work. We know who is making ...

Our schools must be safe, secure

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating the ...

Let your voice be heard, so vote early

Whether you will be out of town or unavailable on Election Day, or simply don’t want to face the crowds heading to the polls on May 8, residents of Ohio and West Virginia can cast their votes now. Voting is an important part of citizenship in our country. It is one of the many ways in which ...

Distracted driving is costly in many ways

About 20 years ago, an email began being circulated claiming the U.S. Postal Service soon would charge an internet service fee to make up for business lost to email. It was bunk, of course. But sending or receiving electronic messages could cost you $150. That’s the fine for texting or ...

Trusting Kim and N. Korea unlikely

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? We hope not, but we also must not assume a sincere, humane bone exists in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met secretly with Kim a few days ago, the ...

Answers needed in airplane malfunction

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a year. Last ...

Time to mow, but be careful

Spring is here and snow flurries and chilly breezes are in the past. Believe it or not, lawns are growing and growing. Time to fire up the mowers before the lawn gets away from you. We hope everything goes well in starting your mower, either riding or the push style. Some mowing tips off ...

Always genuine, Bush will be missed

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady. She felt like the first grandmother to many. A private funeral was scheduled for today. Bush died Tuesday at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the ...

We must do more to help kids who need it

Are we doing enough to identify children coping with emotional upheavals before they harm themselves and others? Obviously not. On Monday, an 8-year-old student took a knife to school in Sauk Rapids, Minn. He slashed three other children before an adult disarmed him. All three victims ...

Who really is paying at tax time?

If you are like many Americans, you recently finished working on your income tax returns for 2017. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid, you might think. Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about $1.69 trillion in income taxes each year. Another $1.24 trillion flows ...

Take care driving through work areas

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are. Sadly, we were especially reminded of this recently when Ohio Department of Transportation worker John Pasko, 54, of Salem, Ohio, was ...

U.S. advisory in opioid fight comes late in crisis

The U.S. surgeon general has done something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Too many Americans are ...

Neighborhood Watch idea remains useful today

Harmar Hill’s Neighborhood Watch organization has been in existence since 1996 and it’s as much of an example of neighbors helping neighbors as it was at its founding. “I think it’s really helped, it gets people talking to one another,” said Ken Strahler, a resident of Alta Street ...

Ohio needs proposed broadband expansion

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband Internet service in Ohio may have its bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state — including here in rural sections of our area — is high enough to ...

Household Hazardous Waste Day offers free collection

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the area’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, going on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Solvay Employee Park. This event allows for the proper disposal of a variety of household items including insecticides, fertilizer, household ...

We must all protect children at all times

One of every two children placed in foster care in 2015 was there because of abuse and neglect associated with their parents’ drug use, according to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. Parents are so intent on feeding their addiction that they forget about their ...

Emergency drills in school can pay off later

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You didn’t. ...

There is no privacy on social media

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...