Opinion.

Barr asking questions the media don’t want asked

Columns

“I’m amused,” Attorney General William Barr told CBS News’ Jan Crawford, “by these people who make a living by disclosing classified information, including the names of intelligence operatives, wringing their hands about whether I’m going to be responsible in protecting intelligence ...

Credit for caring

Editorials

Bullies, whether they are young people or adults, are cowards at heart. That is why their victims often are those they perceive to have few friends. When there’s no one to stand up for you, you are an easy target. Fourteen high school students from our area have been recognized for having ...

Real rehabilitation

Editorials

“Spent time behind bars” does not look very good on a job resume. “Certified landscaper with experience” does. Like most villages and cities in our area, St. Clairsville sometimes can use help with community improvement projects. The city got some recently, from the Belmont ...

Lift statute of limitations

Editorials

If they can escape justice for 20 years after sexually assaulting someone, rapists in Ohio are home free. Their victims are not. A statute of limitations in the Buckeye State bars prosecutions for rape more than 20 years after the offense was committed. Even if police and prosecutors know with ...

Focus on Russians in 2020, not dossier from past

Columns

By erick erickson Creators Syndicate Having reviewed the Mueller report, I have concluded the Steele dossier is poisonous to both Republicans and Democrats. On the Democrat side, Bob Mueller shows quite clearly that neither Donald Trump nor anyone around Donald Trump coordinated with the ...

Mueller’s report, comments on investigation bizarre

Columns

In the end, by-the-book Robert Mueller departed wildly from the book. He invented an extraconstitutional legal standard for his obstruction investigation and acted, at best, in violation of the spirit of the special-counsel regulations. His departing act was a public statement meant to ...

Political parties suffer from slowness to adapt to voters

Columns

Political parties generally go unappreciated, even among those inclined to celebrate representative democracy. The Founding Fathers famously didn’t like them yet found themselves forming them, not long after the First Congress assembled. This suggests something I have come to believe while ...

Avoiding scary situations at home and away

Editorials

We all like to think, “It can’t happen here” -- but we’d better think again. I have heard about several recent incidents in local parking lots and on neighborhood streets that are somewhat scary. Vehicles that were accidentally left unlocked have been rifled through, and one of my ...

Preparing for severe weather

Editorials

Spring is a wonderful time in Ohio — but it can change from beautiful to deadly before you know it. Buckeye State residents were fortunate last week. At least 18 tornadoes touched down in western Ohio on Monday, the National Weather Service confirmed, but no fatalities were reported. That ...

Perseverance is key to success in life

Columns

It isn’t about getting knocked down, it is about getting back up. I will never forget Thomas, a former high school soccer player I coached several years ago. Thomas’ skills were average. What made Thomas a starter by his senior year and an All- State player was his persistence. If you ...

Fathers need to be celebrated in June

Columns

Summer is on the horizon! The official day is June 21, but we also have a couple other occasions this month. Flag Day is June 14, and Father’s Day is June 16. The kids are out of school and families are planning activities and vacations during this summer break. This month we ...

Get procedure out of the shadows

Columns

By CONNIE SCHULTZ Creators Syndicate Joi and her husband wanted a baby. “We wanted to be pregnant in the worst way,” she says. For more than a decade, they tried. So many tests, and then more tests. Blood draws and injections. In 2002, it happened. They were expecting a daughter. ...

The flaw in trying to paint Biden as another Hillary Clinton

Columns

By JONAH GOLDBERG Creators Syndicate Is Joe Biden Hillary Clinton -- or George W. Bush? The first, most obvious and literal answer is, he’s neither. He’s Joe Biden, one of the most known and familiar personalities in American politics. Matt Continetti, editor of the Washington Free ...

Iowa sued over prohibition on Medicaid for gender surgery

Columns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a new state law that prohibits the use of Medicaid funding for gender reassignment surgery. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill on May 3 that included language amending the state’s Civil ...

Alumni play key roles

Editorials

As teenagers, many of us look forward to being freed from our bonds to our alma maters. But as we age and grow wiser, some of us become sentimental about our old schools and do what we can to help. Alumni play a big role in advancing the missions of high schools and colleges. They contribute ...

What went wrong?

Editorials

“Dr. Jelly Paws,” some Ohio State University athletes called him. It was a reference to the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ habit of groping their genitals and engaging in other forms of sexual abuse. Dozens of OSU officials, both inside the athletic department and in university ...

Staying safe this holiday

Editorials

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer for residents of Eastern Ohio and for people across the nation. It is a time to get away from work and to enjoy some fun with family and friends. While Memorial Day itself is a somber occasion established to honor those who have died in ...

Starting summer off right this weekend

Columns

Five or six times when I was a teenager, I marched through the streets of Belmont on Memorial Day. Along with the rest of the Union Local High School Marching Band, I made my way from the grade school to the cemetery with a clarinet or a saxophone in my hands. We played patriotic tunes along ...

Senator salutes America’s fallen soldiers

Columns

I have read the newspapers and seen the movies written by people that will never understand what freedom actually costs. I lived it. I lived through the horror of walking into battle alongside my brother and walking out without him. I’ve heard the heart wrenching cries of those who ...

Remembering the sacrifices of America’s many heroes

Columns

A bullet pinged past the soldier’s ear as he crouched behind bushes near the front lines. A soldier near him suddenly lurched forward, letting out a horrible scream as he crumpled to the ground and died. All gave some, some gave all. On this Memorial Day, we honor those who made the ...