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The gentle comedic genius Gene Wilder made us smile

September 1, 2016 Most of the time nowadays, the words “comic genius” connote a person who started as a stand-up performer and landed a television show, and maybe a movie every now and then, or an ensemble performer... more »»

Defending his right to speak but not his means of presentation

August 31, 2016 "I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it." Francois-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voltaire, had it right. more »»

EpiPen price flap points to sweeping health care problems

August 30, 2016 Mylan Pharmaceuticals deserves every bit of the bad press it is getting for taking advantage of the nation’s health care system to reap enormous profits by overpricing a life-saving device. more »»

Obamacare continues to limp along its way

August 29, 2016 A few years ago, the Heritage Foundation published an analysis of the top 10 Obamacare promises broken — or soon to be broken. more »»

Cancel change on food stamps

August 27, 2016 Imagine an issue on which virtually all U.S. Senators are in complete, cordial agreement. You can stop scratching your head. more »»

Either keep peace or disband agency

August 23, 2016 When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations' peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace? Been awhile, hasn't it? More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the... more »»

Death raises question

August 21, 2016 The video recording that shows Perry Galloway Jr.’s last minutes on earth is gut wrenching and heart breaking. Every law enforcement officer and official in should view it. Galloway, of Wheeling, W. more »»

Five times, local fracking opponents have attempted to persuade voters to pass a measure that would ban or heavily restrict activities related to the oil and gas industry within Youngstown's city limits. And all five times, voters have defeated the measur

August 20, 2016 Five times, local fracking opponents have attempted to persuade voters to pass a measure that would ban or heavily restrict activities related to the oil and gas industry within Youngstown's city... more »»

Put safety first as school reopens

August 18, 2016 Area motorists need to heighten their awareness in the coming days, as schoolchildren head back to classrooms beginning this week throughout the area. more »»

Obamacare costs soar far above projections

August 17, 2016 Obamacare would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated. more »»

Liberalism: What the past can teach us

August 17, 2016 While we shouldn't live in the past, we can certainly learn from i. more »»

Forgotten, but manipulated,voting block

August 17, 2016 Have you decided who you will vote for in the upcoming presidential election -- or whether you'll vote at all? As you ponder, realize that nearly 6 million Americans will not be allowed to vote this... more »»


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Rising federal debt will impact all taxpayers

August 16, 2016 Congressional Budget Office analysts estimate the national debt, now at 75 percent of the gross national product, will grow to 86 percent in a decade. more »»

Obama’s record on budget nothing to brag about

August 15, 2016 President Barack Obama brags his stewardship over the federal budget has been praiseworthy. Why, spending deficits are going down, he proclaims. Wrong. more »»


August 14, 2016 Roses, pats on the head and maybe a belly rub and some liver-flavored treats for Simon, the Salem Police Dept.'s K-. more »»

Commutations raise question

August 13, 2016 When President Obama commuted the sentences of more than 214 federal inmates on July 3, it was a continuation of his effort to change sentencing guidelines for drug-dealing felon. more »»

A very strange upcoming presidential election, indeed

August 12, 2016 There is word that Republicans are going to try once more to meet with Donald Trump and tell him just how wrong what he’s doing can be. more »»

Vaccine blunder cost lives in Africa

August 10, 2016 One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died — no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers — as a result of the failures. more »»



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