Opinion

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Letters to the Editor

There has been a lot happening in the last few years and a lot of people have raised their voices and I have sat back quietly. I have listened and I have tried to understand, but now I feel it is time for me to have a voice and I would like to use it to express my gratitude. There was a time ...

Give to your community because you want to

Letters to the Editor

Community, what does that word mean to you? Most of you have your heart in the right place, just not your heads. The answer is serving. When was the last time you served your community? If it takes you awhile to think about it, probably not recently. Your community has probably helped you ...

Trying to get along

Editorials

Ohioans have a specific reason for concern about mass murderers. The current round of angst regarding them was sparked in part by the deaths of nine people in Dayton, at the hands of a deranged gunman who was prevented from killing even more by the swift action of police, who shot him ...

There are good cops

Editorials

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police went to a ...

The owners should be accountable

Editorials

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

‘Joking’ about killing someone is deadly serious

Editorials

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be ...

More insight is needed

Editorials

The apparent suicide of rich pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while in federal custody continues to make headlines. For a time, the murder of vicious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger at a federal prison in West Virginia was big news. But what about the other prisoners who die violently while in ...

Discuss effectiveness

Editorials

A 33-year-old Southern California man’s murderous rampage Wednesday was a reminder of the futility of relying on gun control laws to curb violence. He used knives to kill four people in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. After the man was apprehended, one police official described him as “full ...

A science lesson on a carbon footprint

Letters to the Editor

An element is defined as the smallest bit of matter (an atom) that exhibits the properties of the bulk material and cannot be separated into a simpler substance. A compound is defined as any substance formed by the union of two or more elements in a fixed ratio, the union being a chemical bond ...

Watch out for a local scam

Letters to the Editor

I recently received a letter from DCM Services, LLC of Minneapolis addressed to the estate of my late husband. They wanted to know who was responsible for paying any of my husband’s outstanding debts. Included was a form to complete and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. It all looked very ...

Watch out for one another

Editorials

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was home ...

A real chance to cheer

Editorials

Middletown Times Herald-Record Aug. 2 As the nation mourns those killed and wounded in yet another mass shooting fueled by the kind of hatred echoed far too often in far too many places, we in New York can take comfort in an accomplishment that shows what fairness and compassion look like ...

Addiction hurts everyone involved

Letters to the Editor

Addiction is a sad disease and it will catch up to you eventually. How do I know? I will tell you why because it happened to me. My choice of drugs was heroin and it became my very best friend. I lost my wife and children as for me they could no longer depend. The only thing I had ...

Has school district considered solar panels

Letters to the Editor

I wonder if the Johnstown school district board has ever entertained the concept of solar panels to save on electricity bills. The district has large swaths of empty land onto which to position these silent sun collectors. Also, many flat roofs for possible instalation. This hot summer ...

Dan Engel is the epitome of hard work and dedication

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing to inform you and the community about the hard work and dedication that Mr. Dan Engel, director of Veterans Affairs for Fulton County, provides for, and on behalf of, the veterans in Fulton and Hamilton County. Many veterans and their families struggle to navigate the VA and ...

Stop blaming, start protecting

Editorials

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican Aug. 1 When the founding fathers of our remarkable nation wrestled for an astoundingly brief period in 1787 to conceive and compose our Constitution as the outline of our government, they overcame mountainous disagreements to “invent” democracy as we now ...

An open letter to columnist Leonard Pitts

Letters to the Editor

By definition: A racist is a person who believes a particular race is superior to others; a bigot is a person who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics, and is intolerant of those who differ; a thug is a violent person (especially a criminal); and a hypocrite is ...

More steps need to be taken so everyone has access

Letters to the Editor

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, and later amended in 2008, promised individuals with disabilities equal access in their communities. Despite these positive changes, many Americans still do not have full access. ...

Flagging future killers

Editorials

The Wall Street Journal Aug. 6 The Dayton and El Paso shootings have spurred familiar calls for more gun control, and by all means let’s have a debate. But the focus should be on denying weapons to the potential killers rather than on gun laws that may be politically satisfying but ...