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Background check system subpar

May 19, 2015 Unless state legislators are willing to put teeth into Ohio’s criminal background check system, it might be just as well to scrap the whole thing. more »»

Safeguards may help clubs keep their money

May 17, 2015 A band boosters club, a little league team, a Girl Scout troop, a coon hunters club, a church and a Parent Teacher Organization, have all been featured on our front page in recent years. more »»

New tools for rooting out public corruption

May 17, 2015 Many Ohioans believe — or at least hope — their local public officials are honest. Most of the time, such confidence is well place. more »»

Hiding in plain sight

May 16, 2015 Imagine yourself as a State Department ethics office employee, asked for opinions on the propriety of activities that earn your boss’ family millions of dollars. more »»

Foreign stumbles continue

May 15, 2015 A genuine foreign policy crisis is occurring, and President Barack Obama’s reaction to it betrays his clear failure to comprehend the peril his ongoing missteps have created. more »»


May 14, 2015 (EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are notes and comments by the Journal staff to recognize both the accomplishments and shortcomings of people, officials and groups in our county, state, nation and world. more »»

IRS left the callers hanging

May 13, 2015 More than 8 million times during the past few months, the Internal Revenue Service’s telephone system hung up on taxpayers who wanted help. more »»

Deal with radioactive waste

May 12, 2015 Radioactive waste will not go away, as much as President Barack Obama tries to ignore the problem. Nearly one-fifth of the electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power plants. more »»

A dedication to real tolerance

May 11, 2015 Initial indications were that two gunmen killed during an assault on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, were motivated by extremist Islamic hatred. more »»

A mother’s love knows no boundaries

May 10, 2015 Baltimore mother Toya Graham has become nationally famous after a TV station recently filmed her slapping and pulling her 16-year-old son away from an anti-police protest in that city. more »»

Splish splash

May 10, 2015 A new splash pad installed at the pool at East Palestine village park recently is nearly ready to go, and would not have been feasible without the help of the entire community. more »»

When reform is not reform

May 9, 2015 Just one Internal Revenue Service official lost her job over harassment of non-profit organizations for political reasons, to our knowledge. more »»

A hard sell to the Saudis

May 8, 2015 Officials in President Barack Obama’s administration have become worried about military intervention in Yemen by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, it was reported this week. more »»

Make room in the prisons

May 7, 2015 Too often, law-abiding gun owners are the targets of those who want to reduce violent crime. That makes no sense. As many gun enthusiasts point out, criminals don’t obey the law anyway. more »»

Too easy to ignore the law

May 6, 2015 Not long after President Barack Obama announced his plan to allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States, a federal judge in Texas ruled he could not implement it. more »»

Hughes made it look too easy

May 5, 2015 When Florida mailman Douglas Hughes flew his tiny gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds a couple of weeks ago, he did more than make a statement on the need for political campaign finance refo. more »»

What if no one speaks up?

May 4, 2015 For seven years, now, President Barack Obama has annually broken a promise. more »»

More than one way to take a bite out of crime

May 3, 2015 Columbiana Police Chief Tim Gladis says his department has no need for a drug dog, and we believe he is in the position to know. Drug dogs are very expensive. more »»

Good place for transparency

May 2, 2015 Ohioans have a right to know how government officials are spending their money — and not just at the state and federal levels. more »»

Don’t let 1938 happen again

May 1, 2015 British and French leaders in 1938 have been condemned rightly for caving in to German dictator Adolf Hitler’s demands. more »»



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