Editorials

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

DeWine has work to do for all Ohioans

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 ...

Reform plan would benefit kids in Ohio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Celebrate smart this New Year

This evening will be filled with celebrations — gatherings of folks who may be bent on partying in perhaps a more indulgent way than they normally would. Enjoy yourselves, folks. Have fun. But for goodness sake, start the new year off right — celebrate responsibly and designate a driver or ...

Kasich right to veto raises

Vetoing a bill that provides better death benefits and insurance coverage for the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty appears at first glance to be a really lousy move. But Ohio Gov. John Kasich was exactly right to do just that a few days ago. ...

End fight over sewer system

The Washington County Commissioners have decided to no longer fight one challenge to the ordered sewering of Devola, voting at their most recent meeting not to appeal a judge's decision in favor of the Ohio EPA. But while the EPA's lawsuit is over, Commissioner Ron Feathers said a decision ...

Rooting out fraud, waste in Columbus

Ohio’s Inspector General’s office has its work cut out for it, after the release of a report on rampant fraud and waste in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. ODRC and Ohio Penal Industries inappropriately authorized creation of programs and gifted some items, costing ...

Remember why we celebrate

It has arrived, the day for which we have been planning, shopping, cooking, decorating and generally bustling about for weeks. Christmas is upon us and many are ready to sit back and enjoy the fruits of the labor done to make this truly the most wonderful time of year. As we do so, it is ...