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Editorials

Intimidation in politics is always wrong

Attempting to intimidate people who are taking active parts in politics is not acceptable. Period. It appears to be happening in some areas of Ohio, however. A bill signed into law by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this year is at the root of the problem. Known as House Bill 6, the measure ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the cities of Niles, Girard and Hubbard for their regionalized effort that resulted in the award of a state Community Housing Impact and Preservation grant for $900,000. After trying unsuccessfully for more than a decade, these three communities realized collaboration could ...

Feds make right choice in drug fight

For once, the folks in Washington, D.C., appear to have gotten something right in helping Ohio deal with the substance abuse epidemic that threatens at least a generation. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved a substance use disorder demonstration waiver ...

Balanced energy policy is necessary

Fans of “alternative energy” — more on the quote marks in a moment — have begun worrying aloud about President Donald Trump’s aversion to wind power. They fear it will affect federal energy policy. It should not, of course. You may remember that under the previous administration, ...

Lots to debate with ‘red flag’ gun seizures

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...

More needed to keep tobacco away from teens

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...

Consider getting flu shot this year

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8 percent of Americans contract the flu each ...

Anti-fracking ballot issue fight must end

We are glad to see that anti-fracking activists are rethinking, at least for now, their ongoing and repeatedly unsuccessful attempts to gain voter approval on a resolution that would effectively ban, or at least heavily restrict, the oil and natural gas industry from doing business — any ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To volunteers from several local organizations who spent time assisting would-be voters to ensure they are properly registered in time to vote in the Nov. 5 election. The service was part of Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day, and volunteers helped at the Jewish Community ...

Bipartisan work needed to repair all the damage

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...