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Opinion.

Is it worth the risk?

Editorials

Americans are a restless bunch in the best of times. Coop us up for a year or so, and there is bound to be an urge to break free and roam. In fact, the Transportation Security Administration says that is exactly what is happening. Airlines are seeing nearly as many travelers as they did this ...

Baseball is back­­

Editorials

The start of the baseball season is a magical time. It’s fitting that the game returns in the spring, the season of beginnings. Opening Day brings with it a time of optimism, as fans in cities across the country are certain their team will get to the playoffs, and maybe even win the World ...

‘Baghdad Bob’ rides again closer to home

Columns

When I heard Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas say the southern border “is closed,” it immediately brought to mind claims by Iraq’s former information minister — dubbed “Baghdad Bob” and “Comical Ali” (aka Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf) — about Saddam Hussein’s ...

Is populism going to simply fritter away?

Columns

Last week, former President George W. Bush said he’s not worried about the current moment in American politics because “these populist movements begin to fritter over time.” I don’t know Bush well personally, but I served in his administration for eight years. As a senior staffer to ...

What will the Biden administration do to stop China?

Columns

The acrid atmosphere at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, with its vivid murals of the 18th-century British seafarer James Cook’s discoveries throughout the Pacific, sounds very much like the acrid atmosphere almost exactly 60 years ago in the Beaux-Arts American and Soviet ...

Getting shots in arms

Editorials

xt phase in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and it is an exciting time. Gov. Mike DeWine continues to expand access, as health departments and other vaccine providers can now give shots to anyone over age 16. Meanwhile, there are 15 mass vaccination clinics being rolled out. The four mobile ...

Make education priority

Editorials

Ohio residents want to know they are getting their money’s worth, whether it be on a shopping trip or when sending their hard-earned tax money to Columbus. According to researchers at WalletHub, there are a few areas of concern, on the state government front. In its report “Best and Worst ...

‘Eggsactly’ what we need

Editorials

They are simple activities, but they bring a sense of joy to children and adults each year. And while Easter egg hunts always serve as a marker for the season of renewal and as a way to welcome spring, they are taking on a different significance this year. They are indicators that our lives ...

Paying attention to our communities

Columns

Hopefully regular readers of The Times Leader noticed something new and different this month. As COVID-19 cases decline and businesses and activities begin to open up, our staff members are reaching out to more and more entities in our local communities in an effort to reconnect with them ...

What Biden voters got for the U.S.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Thank you Biden voters! Caution, if you read on your feelings may be hurt: Because of you America has a 78-year-old mentally and physically impaired man in the most demanding job on the planet. (You may want to read that again.) Let us not forget the gem in the No. 2 ...

The secret to school spirit

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The best way to upset some people is to tell the truth. We are all familiar with the adage, “The truth shall set you free.” But more often than not, the truth will set you apart, especially with those who don’t want to accept the realities of life. This is also the case with ...

Gun Control

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The right to bear arms is protected by our Constitution, the highest law in the land. The Second amendment says, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Does the ...

Josh Mandel is not good for Ohio

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Two days after the Atlanta mass shooting, Josh Mandel appeared on NBC4 TV in an interview with veteran journalist Colleen Marshal where he whined and complained about how Twitter removed one of his racist tweets in which he used derogatory terms to describe Muslims and ...

Having conversations, not arguments

Columns

A few weeks ago, I did a radio show and podcast with Egberto Willies Politics Done Right on KPFT in Houston, Texas. Egberto is from Puerto Rico and calls himself a progressive activist. We probably disagree on some issues. In our 30-minute interview we talked about creating jobs, the ...

Improve education spending

Editorials

Ohio residents want to know they are getting their money’s worth, whether it be on a shopping trip or when sending their hard-earned tax money to Columbus. According to researchers at WalletHub, there are a few areas of concern, on the state government front. In its report “Best and Worst ...

West Virginia: A tax-free heaven?

Columns

West Virginia is unique among America’s 50 states. At a convention in Wheeling, Virginia, in 1861, delegates from Virginia’s northwest counties, which were loyal to the Union, voted to break away from that state over the issue of slavery and their refusal to be part of the Confederate ...

When Will We Ever Learn in West Virginia?

Columns

The legislature is currently considering two bills, Senate Bill 538 and House Bill 2853, that are called “unitization bills” but are, in reality, bills that force non-consenting property owners into a natural gas drilling unit. We used to call this “forced pooling,” but I am sure some ...

Without Real Public Debate, Democracy Quickly Crumbles

Columns

It sometimes feels as though our democracy is broken. We have the right to know what our government does on our behalf, but we have become an apathetic citizenry, apparently not caring enough to speak up when we don’t like how politicians run the government or spend our tax dollars. When ...

Timber a good match

Editorials

Government agencies often have to make unpopular decisions, adhering strictly to established policies rather than using common sense. It initially appeared that would be the case in Monroe County, where the Ohio Department of Transportation denied an unusual request regarding matching funds ...

No insurance required

Editorials

An Ohio man’s accusations are raising questions about whether those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the Buckeye State can be turned away because they do not have health insurance. The answer is an unequivocal no. According to a man who said he is a diabetic, there were no ...