Opinion.

Unnecessary ugliness occurring among us

Columns

I write a lot about the beauty of our region, but I have seen some ugliness here lately - and it’s had nothing to do with mud or flooding. Two things are at the root of the animosity I have seen among area residents - the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the well pad explosion and ...

Thank first responders

Editorials

Everywhere across America, there are people who are on alert, ready to respond when the rest of us call for help. Last week, some of these people in Florida were called upon to treat and comfort children who had been wounded in a mass shooting at a high school. One of them found and arrested ...

Bracing for another round of river flooding

Columns

I probably looked more like a pipeliner than a newspaper editor when I headed out the door for work on Thursday. With heavy rain in the forecast, my years in the news business told me to be prepared to get wet and dirty at some point during the day. I wore jeans and a sweatshirt and a pair of ...

Raining cats and dogs

Editorials

Mother Nature isn't kidding around this week. Let's take her seriously. The entire local area is expected to receive a lot of additional rainfall during the next couple of days. In some areas, that rain could arrive at a rapid pace, increasing the possibility of flash flooding. Dealing with ...

Schools must follow rules

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor summed up the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s argument against state officials in one sentence on Tuesday. “How is that not absurd?” she asked an ECOT attorney. For years, ECOT got away with a scheme that would have resulted in ...

Seeking opioid answers

Editorials

Ohio officials had the right idea in developing a global technology challenge for ideas to fight the opioid epidemic. Instead of relying on investigations and arrests to stem the flow of illegal opioids or counting on the same old strategies — that do not seem to be working — to treat ...

Baseball is applying informed intelligence to lineups

Columns

Even if, inexplicably, you occasionally think about things other than professional baseball, consider this: Why are many premier free agents, particularly sluggers and starting pitchers, unsigned even while we are hearing the loveliest four words, “Pitchers and catchers report”? The ...

Obamacare: One big difference between 2010 and 2018

Columns

Republicans are understandably nervous about the parallels between the 2010 midterm elections that brought them to power and the 2018 midterms where Democrats envision a return to power. Eight years ago, a polarizing new president was facing his first midterm election. Progressives and ...

Family troubled by their moms food hoarding

Columns

Dear Annie: My mother is 79 years old. She was born during the Depression, and I know that when she was younger, she didn’t get enough to eat. The problem now is that she still hoards food. She admits that she has a problem, but she can’t seem to stop buying food for the freezer. She has a ...

Exact doses doesn’t always work

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently in your column, you discussed the need for dosages to be exact in some situations. What about the medical marijuana issue? In our small town, there are four dispensaries. If someone truly felt he or she needed it for medical issues, would that person get the same ...

Always be ready

Columns

Dear Readers: You might pick a seat in the EMERGENCY EXIT ROW on the airplane because it has more legroom. That’s understandable, but be aware that if you sit in the emergency exit row, you have to be prepared to help the crew, if necessary. Here are some of the requirements that ...

Police officer a hero

Editorials

One week ago today, Randall Lyons faced a choice: Venture out onto the surface of a frozen pond or wait for more help to arrive before attempting to save a child who had fallen into the frigid water. Lyons did not hesitate. The Columbus police officer quickly tied a rope around his waist ...

Holiday traditions are becoming a problem for a family of 30

Columns

Dear Annie: Though the holidays are behind us, I’m left with some lingering resentment. My problem is that we host too many guests. I married into a family of seven. This family has since grown to 30 people, even with the deaths of the mother and father. My wife and I took on the hosting of ...

Vitamin D: Look to the total number

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently received my blood test results. My overall vitamin D was 40 (within the target range of 30 to 60 listed), but I noticed that it was broken up into vitamin D-3 (also 40) and vitamin D-2 (less than 4, and presumably 0 based on the overall score). What is vitamin D-2, ...

A case of snakes—and peacocks—on a plane

Columns

When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America’s ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel. You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you hope, in ...

Powering through the cold without amenities

Columns

The people here in Eastern Ohio are a pretty tough and resourceful bunch. For generations, we have worked on farms, in coal mines and in steel mills. We've raised families by making the most of limited resources. We have remodeled old homes and buildings for businesses, refurbished old cars ...

Land bank projects critical

Editorials

Eastern Ohio is a naturally beautiful region with rolling hills, wandering streams, abundant wildlife and a lush, green landscape throughout much of the year. It also is home to beautiful, historic structures and elaborate new homes. Unfortunately, dilapidated buildings mar that landscape in ...

Alleged tire slasher arrested

Editorials

BELLAIRE — Bellaire police arrested a man they believe slashed more than 30 tires in the village — including those on Disabled American Veterans transportation vans last fall. Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan said officers arrested John L. Roskovich, 21, of 4204 Harrison ...

Keep program solvent

Editorials

It is a fortunate the unemployment rate in Ohio is relatively low. Otherwise, the day when it is expected the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund could go belly-up would be nearer than it is. Ohio’s economy in general is doing relatively well these days. But many Buckeye State ...

Couple feel guilty about the cost of presents

Columns

Dear Annie: It was a wonderful Christmas season. However, I’m finding myself more guilt-ridden than ever. Here’s why: My wife and I are “gifters.” We like to think of all the people in our lives whom we can think of — near, far, wherever they are — and try to give them ...