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Editorials

Sex crimes must not be swept away

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. She ...

Don’t promote opioids despite alternatives

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

Science proves rethinking issues finds new answers

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Don’t let automaking future slip by

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is vowing an “all-electric future” when it comes to new automobiles. To get there, GM has been wading through a restructuring plan in attempts to raise cash to help develop 20 electric models that it plans to sell worldwide by 2023. Organized labor has ...

Hyperloop could bring new options

Is it an amazing way to create new regionalization and improved economic development? Or is it nothing but a pie-in-the-sky waste of money? No one can say for sure yet, but we think the possibility of a northeast Ohio “hyperloop” — a high-speed passenger and / or cargo train — is ...

Judge faces criticism for compassion

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

Get to bottom of allegations against airline

Not all whistleblowers are involved in the attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. Some are worried about a more critical matter — the safety of airline passengers. Ethiopian Airlines’ former chief engineer, Yonas Yeshanew, is seeking asylum in the United States after resigning from ...

Send message to help fight breast cancer

Local women like Michelle Trighese or Chris Zifchak are fighters. So are countless other women like them from the Mahoning Valley. They fight not only regular day-to-day struggles that face all of us, but also the very real possibility that breast cancer might get the best of them. Trighese, ...

Confidence lacking after DEA’s failures

“We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Regionalized efforts always a good practice

We long have argued in support of regionalized government efforts in the name of cost savings and economics. Road salt purchases and storage are just another example of a good reason for local governments to work together. Under Ohio Environmental Protection Agency standards for ...