Opinion

The GOP vs. Trump?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, As GOP members celebrate the likely passage of their “tax reform” plan, which enriches the already wealthy (including, despite his claims to the contrary, President Trump and his family) and blows a massive hole in the national debt of approximately $1.5 trillion over the ...

Our Opinion: Problem solved?

Our Opinion

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

Hunting

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor: I would like to give Mr. Cotton another viewpoint to his article. As an avid hunter/trapper for over 40 years, the “return on your investment” needs additional input. The hunter enters the woods before daybreak to get in position. From there, the hunter sees the frosty mist ...

Our Opinion: No extortion

Our Opinion

What do immigration law and disagreements over health care policy have to do with ensuring federal agencies have enough money to keep their doors open? Virtually nothing. That did not deter a few Democrats who, for a time, threatened to hold up congressional approval of a major spending ...

Commentary

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The current Republician tax legislations reminds me of my subject matter. “Nathans Parable 1* The Lord sent Nathan to David, and when he came to him, he said: “ Judge this case for me! In a certain town there were two men, one rich,and the other poor. The rich man had ...

So what if he had a red nose

Local Commentaries

Rudolph. Okay. So, I detest the gooey crooning of Christmas carols as much as any surly, poorly-adjusted adult with an ACEs score of four or better. They drive me squirrel turds. Not only are they the worst kind of earworm to catch because they are nearly indestructible once they’ve taken ...

Looking for Santa

Local Commentaries

Today I go through the times that my family spent looking for Santa. When you are small the idea of Santa is a big deal. I remember well when I found out Santa was not real. I was crushed. A girl friend who had older siblings told me about Santa on the way to our dance class. I remember ...

Soaring over Struthers

Local Commentaries

It was definitely not what I planned to do last Tuesday. But when the foreman of the roofing crew said it would be a good day to go up, I thought it might be my last chance. Yup, up. Up above the roof — the Struthers Library Theatre’s roof. Well, it did seem like a good idea at the ...

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because...well, you’ll see. Belting it out When a proud basketball coach spoke about his team at a recent school board meeting, he let the board know about their ...

Be safe out there

Community

I like to hike on Sundays, but on this first Sunday of December, I will not hike. I stare out the kitchen window while my second cup of coffee drips through. It is a cloudless day with the subtle brightness of late fall. Lanky shadows, disproportionately long, crisscross the lawn. A diligent ...

‘As long as you’re happy…’

Local Commentaries

“As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters.” That is a supportive, nice statement that we have all probably said or heard at least a few times in our lives. But is it what we really needed to hear, or just what we wanted to? On the surface, “As long as you’re happy, ...

Some digging…

Local Commentaries

The old adage is “You learn something new every day.” That’s abundantly true in my job. On Monday, I was neck-deep in the city’s downtown strategic plan. Tuesday brought the intricacies of Forest Service procedures regarding Tracy Ridge. Thursday brought new historical knowledge ...

Tax bill/Thompson

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Here are my issues on the tax bill that Representative Glenn Thompson has voted on. Issue #1 -Representative Thompson has, in the past, been HUGE proponent of limiting increases in the Federal Deficit. Yet the bills that have been passed and waiting on reconciliation are ...

Give and take

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I was reading the December 6th article on Murray energy corp. and am wondering how the issue of 60 million dollars in taxes will devastate his company, and coal as a whole, considering they are already paying the tax and are flourishing financially. The new rules regarding ...

Tax cut: Shoulda, coulda, will it?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Will the corporate tax cut benefit the middle class in some way? It SHOULD: 1. Decrease prices for cars,gasoline and lot of other stuff. 2. Make the Affordable Care Act affordable. Drug and health insurance companies will lower prices and premiums. With all that extra ...

Our Opinion: We pray

Our Opinion

Seventy-six years ago this week, on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. military bases in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” by Japan. It was that. There was no reason at all why it should have been what some have called it, a “surprise ...

Our Opinion: Not much

Our Opinion

Like the grim joke that was its predecessor, the League of Nations, the United Nations was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has failed dismally. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world today is the civil war gripping Yemen. During the past several ...

Our opinion: Give and take

Our Opinion

U.S. senators who voted in favor of the tax reform bill that passed early Saturday, by a margin of just 51-49, did an enormous amount of good for many American individuals, families and businesses. At the same time, they may have done some harm. Analysts for Murray Energy Corp., one of ...

A big win

Letters To Editor

... for some. Just not you. You people, you middle class. A provision was defeated, brought by two Republicans, to cover more low-income child tax credit recipients. It seems this would have increased the corporate tax from the new 20% to 20.94%, and we can’t have that. Other ...

Our Opinion: Long enough

Our Opinion

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their ...