Editorials

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 ...

Yes, it really is spring

It’s no secret that the winter season has been a challenge all around. We had our blast of cold, wintry weather with snow cover that just wouldn’t go away. Temperatures hovered below freezing. Then came February with days and days of rain. Ground got soaked and still really hasn’t ...

Beware of tax scams as deadline draws near

Good news: The deadline for filing tax returns is two days later than usual this year. Bad news: This year’s filing won’t reflect the new tax law passed in December (that impacts this year’s tax returns, which must be filed next year). April 15 falls on a Sunday this year, followed by ...

Our schools are better thanks to volunteers

It is easy to overlook the contributions volunteers make to our area schools. They come from all walks of life and in all ages. They are professionals in our community, They are the people who attended school many years ago and are looking for a way to give back to the community. They are ...

Medical marijuana process has been flawed

State officials put a substantial amount of time and energy into laying the groundwork for sale of medicinal marijuana in Ohio. It appears they did not weed out all the potential problems. Sales of marijuana to those eligible to buy it for medicinal use are to begin Sept. 8. But as matters ...

It’s prom season, make it a safe one

Be assured, preparations have long been under way for this year’s area high school proms, as area students have been anticipating a truly magical evening for many months. The first of the local proms is planned for Saturday. We hope each and every student has a wonderful night filled with ...

Containing ISIS falls far short of ultimate goal

Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

Families face tough job digesting today’s news

Parents face an increasingly tough job as they watch or read today’s latest news. How do you explain events so children can understand what’s going on in the world around us? You might be scratching your head about news out of Washington about alleged presidential infidelity or misuse of ...

Address safety of thrill rides early on

During the Ohio State Fair in Columbus last year, a thrill ride, the Fire Ball, broke apart. Several people were injured. An 18-year-old man was killed. The previous year, a water park in Kansas unveiled a 17-story water slide. A raft carrying a 10-year-old boy down it went airborne. An ...

Russia’s actions require unity

Apparently, leaders of quite a few democratic nations are boorish. At least, that is what Russian officials say. A few weeks ago, a former Russian double agent who had been working for the West while on Moscow’s payroll was poisoned. Serge Skripal and his adult daughter had been living in ...

Enjoy the real start of Spring

It’s easy to sit back and say that Opening Day in Major League Baseball represents nothing more than the first episode in a 162-game drama that begins in the spring, stretches through the summer and ends in the fall. Those who think like that are not true fans. They see the sport as nothing ...

Support Firefighter Registry Act

They’re the people we rely on in emergencies to rescue our loved ones, our belongings and sometimes even ourselves. Many receive no compensation, other than the gratitude of their communities. Firefighters have a big responsibility and tough job — even for those volunteers who have a ...