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The reasons to scale back testing must be sound ones

January 27, 2015 Some Ohio legislators seem to be welcoming a recommendation that standardized testing in public schools be reduced. more »»

Cinematic success story

January 26, 2015 It has been said many Americans no longer revere true heroes and don’t have as much time for patriotism as did our ancestors. more »»

Ending Office on Aging funding was easy decision

January 25, 2015 Year ago it might have been shocking to hear that the Columbiana County Office on Aging in Salem would be closing its doors. The agency once provided many vital services for senior citizens. more »»

No get out of jail free cards

January 24, 2015 Ohio state prisons housed 50,641 inmates at the end of 2014 — 31 percent more than they were designed to accommodat. more »»

A step to energy independence

January 23, 2015 An objection to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline being made by some of its liberal opponents may be based on the fact at least 60 percent of Americans are too young to remember the 1973 Arab oil... more »»


January 22, 2015 TOAST East Liverpool Fire Chief Bill Jones for being a class act, not only taking his recent three-day suspension for speaking his mind like a man but then apologizing to his department’s detractor... more »»

The dangers of painkillers must be taught effectively

January 21, 2015 Hundreds of Ohioans, many of them young people, die of drug overdoses every year. While different substances are to blame, a common thread often is involved in drug abuse. more »»

The new civil rights movement

January 20, 2015 During the past year it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. more »»

Missing in action

January 19, 2015 By the dozens, world leaders flocked to Paris last weekend to join a march in solidarity with, well, civilization. They joined as many as 1. more »»

Steubenville coverup need not be covered up

January 18, 2015 Within days of the August 2012 sexual assault of a 16-year-old Weirton, W.Va., girl by two Steubenville football players, allegations were made that school officials tried to cover up the crime. more »»


January 18, 2015 ? Among the many police reports I picked up this week was one which included an unusual occupation for one of the people arrested. The report listed the suspect’s occupation simply as, “drug dealer. more »»

Obama still not listening

January 17, 2015 American voters sent a clear message last fall. Apparently, President Barack Obama wasn’t paying attention. more »»

Attack the dropout problem

January 16, 2015 Many local school districts do a reasonably good job of ensuring that students graduate from high school. more »»

Keystone bill in Senate needs veto-proof majority

January 15, 2015 Members of the House of Representatives have approved a measure that would force President Barack Obama to allow construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. more »»

Diversity in the classroom

January 14, 2015 Ohioans acting in their children’s best interests seem to have made more progress diversifying school populations than occurred under federal laws intended to integrate schools. more »»

Boehner not in hot water

January 13, 2015 Much is being made in the press — and in Democratic circles trying to ignore the message voters sent in November — about an alleged rebellion among Republicans in the House of Representatives. more »»

Ebola remains a threat

January 12, 2015 Remember Ebola? For a few weeks last year, the disease was the big story in the news. It has become an afterthought for many Americans, however. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. more »»

Issue hits close to home

January 11, 2015 When the Ohio Supreme Court in 2009 upheld a 2006 state law prohibiting cities from enforcing laws which required their employees to live where they work, larger cities such as Cleveland felt it... more »»

LOOSE ENDS: Who knew?

January 11, 2015 ? I’m the first to admit I know very little about election ins and outs and often have to consult colleague Tom Giambroni or the Board of Elections. more »»

The only real solution

January 10, 2015 Islamic terrorists’ attack on a French newspaper was, as President Barack Obama stressed Wednesday, an assault on freedom of the press everywhere. Twelve people were slaughtered in the bloodbath. more »»



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