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Editorials

Springtime athletes excel at state meet

Congratulations to the five Washington County athletes who placed in the state track meet over the weekend.Just making it to the state meet is a special honor, but to finish among the top eight in Ohio is extra special.They are:- Ally Rohrer, of Waterford High, two hurdles events.- Maddy Sury, ...

Safe distance while driving saves lives

Readers have often seen us write about the perils of texting and driving and drinking and driving. But there's another common practice that's putting drivers at risk. That's the habit of motorists following the car in front of them too closely.It's a deadly habit. The Ohio highway Patrol ...

Times past for June 8-9

June 825 years ago A false reading from the four-million-gallon Glendale water reservoir led to the city asking Marietta residents to conserve water. The Glendale Reservoir had less than 500,000 gallons of water, leading to low water pressure. Only four water wells are operational; a fifth well ...

Taxpayers aren’t buying IRS’ promises

"Taxpayers should take comfort that a conference like this would not take place today," assured acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel last week. He referred to outlandish, inexcusable spending of taxpayers' money in a 2010 conference of IRS employees held in Anaheim, ...

Special chance to quiz job applicants in Warren

On Saturday, residents of the Warren Local school district will have the chance to meet and ask questions of the finalists for the superintendent position there.It's an important opportunity we think parents, district staff and other residents should take full advantage of.Members of all the ...

Be vigilant to keep kids safe through the summer

The sound of children yelling and playing is starting to fill the air as the school year comes to an end.It is a good time to remember some summer safety tips, for parents, children and drivers.Everyone thinks of driving safely at the beginning of the school year, but it is just as important, ...

Rescind Ohio’s time limit on rape prosecution

In April, a grand jury in Cleveland indicted a man for rape in an assault that allegedly occurred while he held a knife to his victim's throat and threatened to kill her. Prosecutors and grand jurors had to act fast. Had the indictment been delayed by just two days, it could not have been ...

Child abuse doesn’t stop when school’s out

Abused children are in additional danger during summer breaks from school and it's up to friends, neighbors, and relatives to keep their eyes and ears open to rescue kids from danger.When school's in session, teachers, and other professionals, see children regularly. They can spot a problem, ...

Imperative to put safety first when near water

Kids already are enjoying the day splashing in a pool.It is the perfect time to remember pool safety.More than 300 kids younger than 5 drown every year in swimming pool accidents across the country, and more than 3,200 go to a hospital emergency room after a near drowning.A child can drown in 2 ...

Another reason why taxpayers are skeptics

After a public outcry when the news media reported some members of the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio were planning to attend a conference in Hawaii - on the public's dime - those officials canceled their plans. So have public pension officials from other states, according to ...

Ohio should do away with party labels for primary judicial races

Judges and state appellate court justices should be selected without regard to political party affiliation. Ohio has it half right in that respect - but needs to finish the job.Buckeye State voters are the only ones in the nation who use primary election ballots in which candidates for judge ...

Phone records probe is a big issue

Lost a bit amidst the scandals involving American response to the terrorism in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in American deaths and the IRS overreaching into groups that might oppose President Barack Obama and his agenda is the third leg of the stool: The grab by the Justice Department into ...

Bee success takes big measure of dedication

The top 281 spellers from many parts of the world have gathered outside of Washington D.C., to compete in the annual Scripps National Bee, and you will be able to count Williamstown High School eighth-grader Iram Kingson among them.Kingson, 14, earned her trip to the national bee by winning the ...

Memorial Day a time to say ‘thanks’

Memorial Day loses its meaning in many ways, as it should never be wished as a "Happy Memorial Day," though someone surely will say that during the weekend.Memorial Day is about commemoration of sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice of soldiers and airmen and sailors and the Coast Guard.It's a ...

Bill should not ban all gambling operations

Ohio legislators finally seem to be getting serious about shutting down "Internet cafes" throughout the state. They are absolutely right to be doing so.But they may want to think about whether, in the process of throwing out some very dirty bath water, they also are getting rid of a potentially ...

1 license plate idea deserves support

Local state representatives should approve a House proposal to remove the front license plate requirement from Ohio's law books.State Reps. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, and Stephen Slesnick, D-Canton, introduced the measure last week.Some law enforcement agencies testified before the House ...

Answer another call for help after a disaster

In less than a year, the nation has received some devastating blows in the form of natural disasters-like Superstorm Sandy-and man made crises-including the Boston Marathon bombings and Sandy Hook school shooting.In all those cases, those left in the aftermath needed assistance, and often ...

States must reject secrecy in health care spending

Complying with the new federal health care law will cost taxpayers in Ohio and West Virginia hundreds of millions of dollars during the next several years. We should not allow government officials to spend any of it secretly.That is precisely what seems about to happen in California, however. ...

Employers should share state’s investment successes

Tens of thousands of employers in Ohio may be sharing in a windfall of nearly $1.9 billion from state government. While about half of that is an initiative by Gov. John Kasich's administration, the remainder may be coming courtesy of a judge.Officials managing investments for the Ohio Bureau of ...

Sunshine is nice, but don’t get too much

With the return of the summer sun, it is time for everyone to think about the dangers of skin cancer.Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people diagnosed annually. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the ...