Opinion

Today, more than ever, we need King’s words

Editorials

Today is the last day in a three-day weekend for many, particularly school-aged children. But it is not just an excuse for a mini-vacation, it is the observance of the birthday of the late civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parents finding themselves at home with stir-crazy ...

Be on guard for building scammers

Editorials

This week, Anthony Combs changed his mind, and removed his request to be released early from prison after being faced with several of the victims of his construction scam. Combs bilked 34 victims on both sides of the river out of more than $200,000, under the guise of his business AMC ...

Ohio rep has an idea to stop shutdown theatrics

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson has an idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration. At first, it may sound a bit far fetched. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a look. And given the ...

Recycling is a privilege

Editorials

We’re all familiar with the concept. A few participants or bystanders who are too competitive can easily ruin a game. A few students in school who won’t stop talking can mean rewards taken away from the entire class. A few people doing the wrong thing can ruin it for ...

Lead by example: Be an adult at sporting events

Editorials

For generations, parents and grandparents have pointed to the youth they are raising and bemoaned the failings of “today’s youth.” The problem with such criticism, of course, is that those young people are often simply following the example that has been set by their elders. A prime ...

Portman stands out as a rational Republican

Letters to the Editor

The magic border wall which will stop asylum seekers, drug smugglers, rapists and gang members was not an emergency crisis or even a priority for Republicans when they controlled all branches of government. Now the vain fellow in the White House and his senate majority Kentucky toadies are ...

DeWine has work to do for all Ohioans

Editorials

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot Ohioans resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already: He has appointed one of the most diverse ...

The reason for any collapse rests on illegal immigration

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to address the letter writer’s concern (see Letter to the Editor Jan. 10) regarding the “collapse of our constitutional republic.” I applaud the gentleman on his description of our country as a “republic” when so many in the Democrat party have taken to referring to our ...

Reform plan would benefit kids in Ohio

Editorials

Washington County is not the only part of Ohio in which those who administer Children’s Services are struggling. The wave of the last decade became a tsunami in recent years, though it appears it may have peaked for now, according to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. Since ...

Give first responders more tools

Editorials

Ohio law enforcement officers have a lot to keep track of, in doing their jobs to keep the rest of us safe. But there are tools available to them — and another being added — that give them an edge in responding to potentially dangerous situations or dealing with suspects. Sierah’s ...

Let’s all do our part to salvage local businesses

Editorials

When news spread this week that Kmart and Sears stores would all likely be closing there were a lot of comments—including on The Times website — to the effect of “I guess we’ll all be doing more online shopping.” While the death of what was once a retail giant is quite a blow to ...

Local governments need to be good fiscal stewards

Editorials

When the Ohio Auditor’s office found a mistake in the accounting for Adams Township, the township’s fiscal officer quickly paid back the $2,315 in undocumented credit card expenditures. Good. It was important to do so quickly. But more importantly, Adams Township now has in place measures ...

We must reinvent to stop population loss

Editorials

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state see unemployment considerably higher, or are anticipating massive job losses. Meanwhile, in one of those ...

Local school officials know best

Editorials

Ohio schools will likely feel little effect from the U.S. Department of Education’s rollback of Obama-era warnings to schools about the number of suspensions being handed out to minority students. At the time, there was concern that minority students across the country were being suspended ...

Sneaky tactics ensure pay increases for politicians

Editorials

Just last week, we praised Ohio Gov. John Kasich for vetoing a bill that included pay raises for state legislators. The raises had been slipped into an unrelated bill in the final days of a lame duck session, when there was little time for debate or public feedback. That was bad enough. But ...

No-bid contracts wrong for the state

Editorials

Many people probably think when government needs to buy something big, officials are required to accept the lowest bid. That is not true, and those out to swindle taxpayers are grateful. Low-bid requirements sometimes can be circumvented, when there are special requirements such as a need to ...

All of us can make changes for the better

Editorials

It’s a funny thing, choosing a date on the calendar for which everyone has permission to hit the reset button, but here we are: New Year’s Day, when the old year is thrown out the window and the new year stretches out full of promise. People everywhere will be making resolutions, praying ...

If you are against Trump, you are against America

Letters to the Editor

We, the American people, are truly at a crossroads in our political landscape. Roughly, half of our politicians no longer appreciate what makes America special when compared to the rest of the world. For instance, there is very little doubt that a border wall will work as a cost-effective ...