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Opinion

State must find answers on child insurance crisis

It appears there are more avenues than ever for states to ensure as many children as possible are covered by health insurance. So why were nearly 12,000 fewer Ohio youngsters covered in 2018 than in 2016? Gov. Mike DeWine is among those disturbed by the report, published in the Columbus ...

Stop political games; move on with impeachment trial

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Without evidence ...

Extend gesture of conciliation to Iran, for now

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do last week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

Extend the needed help to Puerto Rico

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico just can’t seem to catch a break. Still attempting to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, many on the islands have been affected by a strong earthquake this week. In comparison to the hurricane, which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused nearly $100 ...

Socialism will destroy nation

DEAR EDITOR: Aren’t we all just getting a little sick of all the lies some of Democratic candidates spread to garner votes from the naive people who haven’t a clue what socialism — “the equal distribution of wealth” — is all about? These Communist ideals have never worked, as ...

Safeguards needed before any debate of death penalty

Next year, Ohio may join the 21 other states that have written the death penalty out of their criminal codes. It would be understandable if Buckeye State legislators make the move. Putting someone to death legally has become more and more difficult. Ohio permits only lethal injection as ...

Why hype only city’s downtown?

DEAR EDITOR: As a Navy vet and 55-year resident of Youngstown, I want to comment about the elected officials here. My concern is not all the outlaws that carry guns, but rather our elected leaders here! Closing fire stations; hyping only downtown; raising sewer rates for folks who ...

Blood on hands of public servants

DEAR EDITOR: I believe wholeheartedly that our justice system should prioritize redemption and rehabilitation over incarceration. Some people apparently don’t want to be rehabilitated, though, and are a clear and present danger to the community. Jail is made for such persons, and that is ...

New plan for mall isn’t needed

DEAR EDITOR: As we start this new year, we look forward to a prosperous one. But one issue really upsets me. Why did the people who own the Southern Park Mall move forward with such a ridiculous, money-wasting project as a recreational, green space in place of the former Sears ...

Context, balance key in good reporting

“Context is key.” I’ve shared those words with young college journalism students when I taught basic reporting classes several years ago. I also shared those words in a column almost exactly one year ago when I wrote about the viral video of young Covington, Ky., high school student ...