Editorials

Let constituents decide Dem endorsement

Ohio's Democrat Party leaders have endorsed former Gov. Ted Strickland as nominee for a U.S. Senate seat without bothering to consider whether that may be the choice of Democrat voters.But what may be more surprising is that the party machine believes Buckeye State residents have forgotten the ...

Hold casinos to promises

Legalized casino gambling in Ohio has followed a trail worn well in other states.First, promise voters enormous riches if they approve table gambling and electronic slot machines. Second, convince state officials to grant tax breaks so casinos can compete against gambling meccas in other ...

Gov’t surplus program must be transparent

A federal giveaway program that allows local police departments and sheriff's offices to procure equipment the U.S. government no longer needs has given rise to questionable practices, and an outside agency should be brought in to help investigate.The federal equipment surplus program, being ...

When everything is a crime

WASHINGTON - What began as a trickle has become a stream that could become a cleansing torrent. Criticisms of the overcriminalization of American life might catalyze an appreciation of the toll the administrative state is taking on the criminal justice system, and liberty generally.In 2007, ...

More not merrier in congested cities

New York and San Francisco are expensive places to live. That's a big problem for the nation because these cities are centers for the booming knowledge economy. High housing costs discourage this growth.So sayeth The Economist, its trademark voice of reason spiked with charges of greed against ...

Legislators must find new funding for roadwork

In approving $7 billion in transportation spending for the next two years, Ohio legislators also agreed they need to find better ways to fund projects such as highways and bridges. A joint legislative task force was formed to look into the matter.Specifically, the lawmakers will be considering ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the folks who organized the "Bridge the Gap" project, which is named after it's goal - bridging the gap of trust and understanding between residents and police. The project's first program, an assembly for 11th-and 12th-grade students at Warren G. Harding High School was a hit. It ...

Find ways to make college affordable

Too many plans to "make college more affordable" do nothing of the sort. Typical are nearly all such initiatives in Washington, which merely shift the burden of paying for higher education.Now a new affordability plan by The Ohio State University President Michael Drake proposes a mix some of ...

Flask should get nod in Warren’s 5th

Democratic voters in Warren's fifth ward should endorse incumbent Vince Flask in the May primary.Flask, a councilman since 2004, and his challenger, Patrick "P.J." Quinn, shared some similarities, but it was Flask's attention to detail and experience that won our endorsement over Quinn.Both ...

6th ward will win with either nominee

Democratic voters in Warren's sixth ward are facing a good problem this election. That is, they have two very good candidates from which to choose in the primary.Incumbent Cheryl Saffold plans to continue her ongoing efforts to provide constituents with help in finding employment, cleaning up ...

U.S. troops should not be sent to Yemen

Across the Middle East, nations that for years took inactive roles against Islamic terrorists have been spurred to action. They are providing military help in a campaign against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.Saudi Arabia leads the coalition. Others engaged include Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, ...

Straight-ticket switch in W. Va.

Sometimes important, desirable changes in how elections are held have to wait until a shoe-on-the-other-foot situation develops. That may be the case in West Virginia.For generations, Democrats who dominated the state Legislature resisted suggestions that straight-ticket voting be abandoned. ...

Secrecy is concern in U.S.-Iran talks

After U.S. and Iranian negotiators passed the Wednesday "deadline" for agreement on a pact to restrict Tehran's development of nuclear weapons, they kept talking. Presumably, that means some progress had been made. President Barack Obama says so, anyway.But outside the small circle of diplomats ...

Not all problems stem from climate change

Climate change has been blamed by some for all sorts of evils, including Islamic terrorists. Indeed, it sometimes is possible to link human behavior to weather conditions, but alarmists have taken to claiming any undesirable weather is a result of global warming.Sometimes, they even invent ...

With Easter comes new hope for all

Matthew 28:1-10The Sabbath was over, and it was about daybreak on 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. ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, who took time in recent weeks to visit the Weathersfield RTI plant which Alcoa soon will be taking over. During the visit, Kleinfeld told workers, "Get ready for more business." The visit likely eased workers' minds and reassured them that ...

Stop plans to drive up gas, utility costs

President Barack Obama seems determined to deny Americans access to reasonably priced gasoline, natural gas and electricity generated from coal.Why does Congress refuse to stop him? Do lawmakers who have blocked attempts to rein in the president's campaign against fossil fuels think they can ...

More realistic budgeting needed for national parks

When Americans want to impress foreign guests, we sometimes take them to national parks. It often works; people from abroad frequently are awed by the natural beauty and historic significance of our many parks - and impressed that we as a people have preserved them.But often we seem more ...

Congratulations to state treasurer

Many states - and the federal government, for that matter - could learn a thing or two about the transparency to which they pay so much lip service, simply by taking a page out of the Ohio treasurer's playbook.Last year, Treasurer Josh Mandel had launched Ohiocheckbook.com, making the state's ...

Etiquette versus annihilation

Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn't matter ...