Opinion

Niles hydrant repairs are needed soon

Editorials

Budget problems in Niles reach much further than payroll cuts, problems with income tax billing and the installation of new water meters that for months have sat unopened in storage.Of course all those things are important to the taxpayers who are footing the bill, but the budget shortfalls ...

Agencies have too much free regulatory reign

Editorials

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had it right earlier this month when he told visitors to Washington from the Ohio Farm Bureau that the federal bureaucracy is running amok."Our laws are not being written by us," Ryan, R-Wis., said of Congress. "The agencies write the actual regulations that ...

Hillary should be last to be judging Trump

Letters to the Editor

Hillary should be last to be judging TrumpDEAR EDITOR:To those of you who do not know to whom this refers, let me refresh your memory.He was the 42nd president, Bill Clinton. Before that, he was the governor of Arkansas, and before that, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford in England pursuing his law ...

Easter brings renewed hope

Editorials

Matthew 28:1-10The Sabbath was over, and it was about daybreak Sunday when Mary of Magdala and the other Mary came to look at the grave. Suddenly, there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord descended from heaven; he came to the stone and rolled it away; and sat himself down on it. His ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To the Kyrsten Elizabeth Studer Foundation for once again this year holding "Kyrsten's Kloset," an event that gives away free dresses to local girls for prom. In its fourth year now, the event has provided many local girls with attire they need to attend this special high school event. ...

It is time to get aggressive with terrorists

Editorials

Throughout Europe on Tuesday afternoon, heads of state made pledges similar to that from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her country stands in "full solidarity" with Belgium, where 31 people were killed and nearly 200 wounded in bombings by Islamic terrorists, Merkel said.European Union ...

Castro won’t be swayed by U.S. intervention

Editorials

Cuban President Raul Castro is never, ever asked embarrassing questions by those in his country's state-run "news" media. But during a joint appearance with U.S. President Barack Obama Monday in Havana, an American reporter asked Castro about political prisoners held by the regime.Even ...

Not time yet to move past VA scandal

Editorials

It has been two years since a whistleblower revealed military veterans were being forced by the Phoenix veterans hospital to wait months for health care they needed. Some died while they waited.After the revelations, some Department of Veterans Affairs officials tried to cover up the wait-list ...

Failure at all levels of government

Editorials

Start building a new home on a tract of marshy land, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be on your back promptly with orders to cease and desist and hefty fines intended to show you who's boss.But threaten an entire city with health problems that may persist for decades and, well, ...

Congress must probe source of mistake

Editorials

It was all a mistake, the Navy told U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. There is no shortage of rifles for Navy SEALs. Those whose rifles were taken so other SEALs could have weapons during deployments have had their guns returned.Earlier this month, Hunter demanded answers after some of the ...

Post-wartime Easter recalled

Community Columnists

It was Easter, 1946: World War II had been over a bit more than six months. Mom, Dad, my sister and I went to Easter services at Emmanuel Lutheran that Sunday morning. I had a brand new powder blue suit with beige plaid inserts on the coat. It was the first time since before the war that I had ...

Anti-coal sentiment no surprise

Editorials

"We're gonna put a lot of coal miners and companies out of business," Hillary Clinton boasted during a campaign event in Columbus.Her comment could have been no surprise to miners and their families. Clinton has been vowing for more than a year to make President Barack Obama's war on coal and ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Reagan created today's problemsDEAR EDITOR:This is in response to Ruth Lilley's letter on Feb. 28. First off, this country was not founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs; it was founded on compromise and a belief that religion has no place in government. Referring to the First Amendment. Several ...

Voter turnout could have been better

Editorials

I awoke early Tuesday morning, as I always do, to make breakfast and pack lunches for my kids before school, when I was startled by the sight of my 18-year-old son coming down the hall freshly showered, dressed and prepared to head out to school 45 minutes earlier than usual.Now, those of you ...

Government must not compete with private industry

Editorials

Vehicles ordered to be towed by Niles police officers soon will be taken not to a privately operated lot, but to a city-operated impound yard, as approved this month by Niles City Council. The idea is to make money for the cash-strapped city.Likewise, Weathersfield Township recently created an ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To Howland High School seniors Ryan Jones and Leah Pollifrone, who coordinated the idea, and to all the other Howland students who volunteer in the "You've Got a Friend in Me" club. The organization matches athletes and honor students to students with special needs in an effort to ...

Missiles and nuclear deal

Editorials

It seems like only yesterday - and in diplomatic terms it was - that the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress were assuring us the nuclear deal with Iran was something to celebrate, as one might laud the winning of a Nobel Peace Prize.More sober thinkers, fearing Tehran would never ...

Creativity needed to stop bleeding

Editorials

No one ever hopes to see fees go up for users of a public facility, but frankly Niles $176,000 annual subsidy to operate the Mayor Ralph A. Infante Wellness Center needs to end, and it seems a rate increase was inevitable.The municipality has approved increasing the fees by 25 percent as part ...

Hope dwindles for energy independence

Editorials

There will be no drilling for oil or gas anywhere off the 2,069 miles of the U.S. Atlantic coastline, President Barack Obama has decreed.In one fell swoop, Obama has closed a major avenue Americans might have followed toward energy independence. He did it to protect the environment, he ...

Preparedness for North Korea remains a concern

Editorials

U.S. officials cannot say - or at least, will not - whether North Korea has managed to miniaturize nuclear weapons enough to use them as missile warheads. If that has occurred, it is an extraordinarily serious threat to world peace.North Korean officials claim they have built a nuclear device ...