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Not a practical budget proposal

February 11, 2015 More and more of what Americans work hard to produce is being taken out of our pockets and sent to Washington. more »»

Balanced budget amendment should be more than a dream

February 10, 2015 It is no wonder that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been received so favorably in his multi-state tour on behalf of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. more »»

For the good of the community

February 9, 2015 Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to allow community colleges, under certain circumstances, to grant bachelor’s degrees. Kasich’s idea has very limited applicatio. more »»

County should lend a hand in firefighter recruitment

February 8, 2015 Volunteer fire departments are the guardians of safety for many of our communities in Columbiana County. more »»

Obama meddling in methane

February 7, 2015 American ingenuity and hard work have tapped an energy bonanza that is helping to dispel the last vestiges of the “Great Recession” while boosting local and state economies in several areas,... more »»

More spending limits needed

February 6, 2015 President Barack Obama and other liberals attempt to bolster their argument for higher taxes and bigger, more expensive government by noting deficit spending has been reduced from the $1... more »»

Don’t scare away the drillers

February 5, 2015 What’s not to like about a $500 million tax cut for small businesses and low- to middle-income working people in Ohio? The possibility the money will come out of other pockets. Gov. more »»

There must be better ways to prevent serial child abuse

February 4, 2015 How many times have we read or heard the same horrifying, sad story? It upset us again last week, when a 2-year-old child was found dead in his home in Mingo Junction. more »»

Maintain a shred of restraint

February 3, 2015 Barely had “sequestration,” the government spending limits Congress put in place Jan. 1, 2013, celebrated its second anniversary when President Barack Obama urged throwing any restraint to the wind. more »»

Protect 529 savings plans

February 2, 2015 Making community college free for virtually anyone who wants to attend is a plan President Barack Obama is eager for the public to know about — and, of course, to be grateful to him as its author. more »»

Make sure the Super Bowl is not last game you enjoy

February 1, 2015 It’s Super Bowl Sunday once again, and unfortunately, tonight’s matchup doesn’t feature either of our “local” NFL teams. more »»

Loose Ends

February 1, 2015 ? It turns out New Waterford’s Carol Robb is not the first Columbiana Countian ever to serve on the Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals: It just seems like it. more »»

Low prices won’t last forever

January 31, 2015 Stock markets in several countries, including ours, posted substantial gains last Wednesday. Analysts said oil prices were a big reason for that. more »»

Same old story: more taxes

January 30, 2015 One reason recovery from the “Great Recession” has been so lackluster is that job creators — investors and companies with money to expand the economy — have been worried about what President Obama... more »»

Low prices won’t last forever

January 29, 2015 Stock markets in several countries, including ours, posted substantial gains last Wednesday. Analysts said oil prices were a big reason for that. more »»

Charter schools must be held to the same standards

January 28, 2015 When Ohio legislators agreed to give charter schools a try, complete with public funding, the idea was to provide an alternative to failing public school. more »»

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 »»



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