Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Do we have what it takes?

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine ...

Our Opinion: FCC should invest in more rural areas

President Donald Trump revealed two pieces of big news Friday — one of them of enormous importance to millions of Americans who do not yet enjoy technology taken for granted by many of their neighbors. Some of those second-class tech citizens live right here in our state. Trump talked ...

Our Opinion: Something of a bombshell

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress last week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Our Opinion: Something of a bombshell

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress last week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Our Opinion: Money grab

New York politicians have given Americans one more reason to be leery of so-called “environmental” initiatives. Too often, they are grabs for money and power. A new state budget about to be adopted by the Empire State’s legislature includes a ban on the use of plastic bags. Liberal ...

Our Opinion: A get-out-of-jail-free card

Television actor Jussie Smollett lied when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago, police there maintain. They say he used two accomplices to stage the assault, in a bid for publicity he may have hoped would help his career. Yet, other than a few days in jail ...

Our Opinion: One of those topics

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn, well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects. McCain was, like ...

Our Opinion: Not in our best interest

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it and, at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

Our Opinion: Be reasonable and responsible

Since no one stepped up Monday night and did the reasonable, rational thing during John Lewis’ call for a disciplinary hearing, we will. A conflict of interest is “a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official ...

Our Opinion: Importance of doing something meaningful

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking much about a problem — but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump this week breaks the mold. Mrs. Trump called a meeting Monday at the White House of the ...

Our Opinion: It ought to

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by his fellow Ohioans as a disappointment — and by Democrats all over the nation as an alarm ...

Our Opinion: Next time, maybe not so lucky

We Americans have been very lucky in many ways. One of them involves the truly horrific disease Ebola. Few people in this country have given Ebola much thought since the severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-16. It killed more than 11,300 people, primarily in Guinea and Sierra ...

Our Opinion: Have that talk

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school in Ohio last Friday. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the ...

Our Opinion: Our pitch to stop nasty sales pitch

Many of us have heard the phone ring glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Our Opinion: Congress must act to protect children from cyber-stalking

On the shrinking list of things most people can agree upon these days is this: Crimes committed by adults against child victims are particularly heinous and should be punished more severely. That’s why we join in supporting a bipartisan effort by both of Pennsylvania’s senators – ...

Our Opinion: Saying all the right things

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Our Opinion: It won’t do

One of the attitudes that differentiate most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A ...

Our Opinion: Aim for enforcing existing laws

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Our Opinion: Approve HR 1166

While some ultra-liberal members of Congress are advocating crazy, impossible initiatives such as the “New Green Deal,” some of their peers are going quietly about the business of doing something productive about climate change. Last week, U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Scott ...

Our Opinion: Shifting back to the people

Prior to resigning from Congress, 12th Congressional District Rep. Tom Marino introduced a constitutional amendment to institute four-year terms for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. His resignation does not change the common sense wisdom of this proposed amendment. As it stands ...