Our Opinion

Our Opinion: They save lives

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Our Opinion: Where there’s smoke…

“It is now illegal to use tobacco products in any city park — even if you’ve reserved a pavilion.” The opening sentence to Tuesday’s front page article, “City Council: Tobacco use illegal in city parks.” Judging by a few comments on social media, or specifically, our posted ...

Our Opinion: A dangerous lesson

An Iraqi woman who left her native land for what she hoped was the safety of Germany has returned home — where she feels safer from Islamic State terrorism. Her decision is one more red flag for German officials who adopted an open-door policy toward refugees from the Middle East. Ashwaq ...

Our Opinion: Aiding predators

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for ...

Our Opinion: Abridging the freedom

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

Our Opinion: A spending problem

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that need to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

Our Opinion: Keep kids safe

Classes for the 2018-2019 school year are scheduled to begin in a couple of weeks. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their schools. It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an ...

Our Opinion: Fair trials

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he masterminded nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Yet, though Mohammed, 53, has been in ...

Our Opinion: Absurd

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. During the weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

Our Opinion: Pro-roundabout

We’re pro-roundabout. We’re not afraid... of change. PennDOT has prepared two conceptual designs for improvements to the intersection of Market St. and Pennsylvania Ave. in downtown Warren. Option one would replace the existing traffic signal and improve the turning radii. Option ...

Our Opinion: What a waste

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Our Opinion: Confirmed without delay

Government policy ought to be guided by solid science, not political correctness. That seems obvious, and President Donald Trump appears to agree. On Wednesday, he nominated University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and ...

Our Opinion: It’s been falling for years

We would love to believe. Or even like to. Just what will come from the study on the Warren County School District’s (gradual) enrollment decline, we don’t know. But what Davis Demographics told the school board on Monday, that the sky isn’t falling, is difficult to, well, ...

Our Opinion: The sounds we’re looking for

It doesn’t come often anymore the sounds that came from the Farm Colony Complex in North Warren this weekend. Sure, there was the constant bickering with the umpires, but that’s not the sound we’re talking about. That just goes with the territory when bats are hitting baseballs, coaches ...

Our Opinion: Got… milk?

Surely the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters that his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation ...

Our Opinion: Bad politicans don’t always equal bad policy

Bad politicians do not translate automatically to bad policy. Scott Pruitt was not an acceptable administrator of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies — but that does not mean Trump should change them. It appears he has no intention of altering course. Pruitt resigned as ...

Our Opinion: Hot topic — Reverse fireworks trend

It feels like the July 4th fireworks display starts about July 1 and doesn’t end ‘til, oh, about today. We are not referring to the sanctioned municipal events. We are speaking of the independent displays that seem to sprout up in just about every neighborhood. And unlike the ...

Our Opinion: Good news

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers were in the process of pulling off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a ...

Our Opinion: Influential bias

We may never know whether a drink a day keeps the doctor away. That is unfortunate. Especially because the number of people who enjoy the moderate consumption of alcohol is substantial, learning whether that has health benefits is desirable. But the reason we may not get that information is ...

Running up a $100 trillion tab

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...