Editorials

Dictator’s motivations are suspect

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Learn from ECOT situation

Since charter schools began popping up in Ohio, there have been arguments for and against them. While some are concerned about the funding they funnel away from public schools and a potential lack of supervision, others say they grant families the opportunity to find the form of education that ...

Bitter cold continues, so take care

Much of the nation — including all of the Buckeye State and our local region –is in the midst of a deep freeze, and there is no relief in sight for several days. That means that we all need to take extra precautions to guard against the dangerous cold. We also need to watch out for one ...

Take steps to protect yourself and others

It’s that time of year again — flu season, All across the nation — and around the globe, for that matter — there are widespread reports of a serious strain of influenza. Unfortunately, creators of this year’s vaccine against the illness seem to have missed the mark. Reports indicate ...

Screening a must in the new year

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2018. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Don’t close your eyes to sexual predators

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Still the rule: Don’t drive and use a phone

Just a reminder that with the new year, and some new laws to get accustomed to having, one law isn’t changing. We’re talking about the city law that forbids drivers from using a cellphone while behind the wheel. Aside from being a bad idea for drivers and others on the road who could be ...

Train safety needs to be improved

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

Cleaning up after the holidays

Christmas has come and gone, and there’s a good chance that many local families now have several bags of waste material to deal with. All of those gifts that were distributed came with paper and plastic packaging. They were also wrapped in brightly colored paper or placed in festive boxes ...

Congress must take a stand

A few weeks ago, the entertainment industry formed a special panel, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. If you have to ask why, you have not been paying attention during the past six months or so. Chaired by law professor Anita Hill, the ...

Take care of animals in the cold

Winter has officially arrived, along with the type of harsh weather conditions we should expect this season. When such conditions set in, it’s time for us to bundle up and take some precautions to ensure we remain safe and healthy when we are outdoors. Our pets, however, cannot do that for ...

Probe of technology contracting a safeguard

The constantly advancing technology with which we live is an open invitation to waste and even corruption in government. Think of it this way: Many people have an idea of how much a police cruiser should cost and whether their town has paid too much for one. Likewise, most people have at ...

Resolve to do acts of kindness

As New Year’s Day nears, New Year’s resolutions won’t be far behind. We know all the usual promises as we enter a new year: Watching what you eat, exercising, stopping that tobacco habit. And just as sure as the calendar will turn over to 2018 we’re skeptical that today’s ...

Bulb-outs create new issues for motorists

When the bell rings for dismissal at Marietta Middle School, a steady stream of students come pouring down the hill to cross Glendale Road. Since 2015, a pedestrian island has been there, protecting those students as they make their way across a well-traveled road. The road was wide enough to ...

Military must spend its money responsibly

America’s armed forces are the very best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. A $700 billion defense appropriations bill signed into law by President Donald Trump should help our armed forces ...

Popular Christmas gift has a serious side

No doubt many local residents will find remotely controlled miniature aircraft — drones, in popular parlance — under their Christmas trees next Monday. Recipients will tear open packages they view as tons of fun. Aircraft pilots have a different view. The proliferation of drones flown by ...

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

While the many of Eastern Ohio residents are preparing for Christmas, Jews here and around the world are celebrating Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem following the liberation of the Jews of ancient Israel from ...

Kasich should sign Down Syndrome bill

Babies born with Down syndrome face many challenges. So do their parents. But they share one quality with other babies: They are human beings. Their physical and intellectual capacities may be limited, but they are tiny boys and girls. Advances in technology have made it possible, at least ...

Still time to help stuff those red kettles

Time is running out for Christmas gift givers. Meanwhile at The Salvation Army there’s less than a week to donate to its red kettle, bell ringer campaign. As of last Wednesday, only about 50 percent of the donation goal had been reached. The Salvation Army’s collection goal is ...

Take steps to protect our local information

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...