Editorials

Too much spent on travel and conferences

Members of the boards of Ohio's five public employee pension programs are right to use educational and networking opportunities at conferences to help them administer the systems.But either the program for non-teaching public school employees requires a lot more of that than the other four - or ...

Judge lets disorder reign with Chardon killer

Chardon school shooter T.J. Lane shocked a Geauga County courtroom this week when he cursed at his victims' families in court and made an obscene gesture, all while wearing a t-shirt with the word 'killer' scrawled on it.We were more shocked by the judge's lack of action.Lane had already ...

Warren made right choice in canceling school today

A decision was made this week for Warren Local Schools to close today, as the Warren High School boys basketball team heads to Columbus for the Ohio Division II state semifinal game.In exchange, students will go to school next Wednesday, a day originally planned as part of the district's spring ...

Ohio Senate should go ahead with restrictions on ‘cafes’

Paying money to play "games" in which there is a chance of winning more money is gambling. Calling it something else - like "Internet cafes" - doesn't change that fact.Through a process of voter referendums and decisions by state officials, Ohioans have decided during the past several years ...

Francis shows he’s a different leader

Pope Francis I already has proven himself to be someone the world can't quite figure out.A humble man who rose to the highest point of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. A man who would take the bus instead of the ornate limousine, who would live in an apartment with a simple heater instead ...

Community pitches in to honor a real hero

Congratulations to everyone responsible for making sure U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Hockenberry's specially designed smart home a reality.The effort took a major step ahead Friday when ground was broken on the $375,000 home in?Newport Township. The project is fully funded thanks to donations kicked off ...

Social workers in demand

March is National Professional Social Work Month.Social workers help people overcome poverty, inequality, insecurity, fear, violence, trauma, loss and pain. They are the key element of society's safety net.This year's theme is, "Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social ...

U.N. in a tight spot dealing with N. Korea

North Korea's government has declared the 1953 armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War has been canceled.Not to worry, a United Nations spokesman assured reporters the same day. North Korea cannot unilaterally dissolve the armistice, he said.We feel so much better.Fortunately, Pyongyang ...

Changing school year class time requirement makes sense

Several common-sense changes in state rules that often hobble rather than help public schools are being proposed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Among the most obvious improvements being sought involves how long students are in class each year.Like many states, Ohio's standard for schools to be in ...

Officials wrong to bend rules on open meetings

Some government officials seem to think that the less the public knows about what they are doing, the better. That is why open meetings and records laws are a necessity.Last year, members of the Columbus City Schools Board of Education held seven closed meetings to discuss a scandal about ...

Red Cross able to help because of dedicated volunteers

March is American Red Cross Month, and it's a good time to honor the everyday heroes who help in our communities.The American Red Cross has, in its more than a century of existence, come to the aid of thousands upon thousands of people. And, yes, there are thousands of Red Cross administrators ...

More user friendly tip line a plus for patrol

A drug tip hotline run by the Ohio State Highway Patrol is growing into a true success story.The patrol says its increased efforts to crack down on drug trafficking and other crimes are paying off with more calls to its revamped hotline. That means an alert public, more than ever, is helping ...

Don’t forget, check voter registration

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wants adults to add another chore to their to-do list this weekend.In addition to turning clocks ahead one hour with the switch to daylight saving time Sunday and checking batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, Husted suggests Ohioans check their ...

Businesses a key factor in Seventh, Pike decision

In the wake of several business owners expressing concern about the proposed changes to the Seventh, Pike and Greene streets intersection, some council members have said they're willing to reconsider their support of the plan, and will hold another public meeting.We're encouraged that they're ...

Koop was dedicated to helping others

Too often, deeply religious men and women are branded as unqualified for public service roles helping others, solely because of their faith. They are labeled "too extreme" and rejected out of hand.Dr. C. Everett Koop, who served as U.S. surgeon general from 1981-89, was a shining example of why ...

Oil, gas companies need to police contractors

Recently, authorities in Ohio and West Virginia had to take action against companies that disposed of drilling waste improperly.Federal prosecutors are charging the owner of Hardrock Excavating LLC with violating the U.S. Clean Water Act. They say the company's owner, Ben Lupo, ordered about ...

Punish school statistics’ scrubbers

In what amounted to a spot check of Ohio school districts, state Auditor Dave Yost found eight that engaged in "scrubbing" of attendance reports. Clearly, officials responsible for lying about the data were trying to make it appear their school systems were doing a better job than actually was ...

Pioneers end season of success

Marietta College's NCAA Division III basketball tournament run ended Saturday night in Carlisle, Pa., at the hands of Dickinson College.To say Saturday's game was a bummer would be an understatement. Dickinson jumped out to an early lead and held on to it in spite of the Pioneers' best ...

1st offense for all, not just teens

Ohio's no texting while driving law took full effect Friday, which means drivers under the age of 18 can now be pulled over if it is suspected they were texting or talking on a cell phone.It's punishable by up to a $150 fine and could include a license suspension of 60 days. Multiple offenses ...

America needs to protect itself from hacking

During the Cold War, the peace was assured by fear of the accepted concept of MAD - mutually assured destruction by nuclear weapons. It is doubtful Americans can rely on the cyber warfare equivalent - perhaps MACC, for mutually assured computer crash.Last week it became apparent the Chinese ...