Opinion

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for free things to do in our area. Just yesterday there was a Classic Car Club show open to the public at the Salem Golf Club featuring 70 vintages vehicles. At Memorial Park on a delightful July afternoon a “Kites for Kids” was offered by the Salem Parks Dept. and Salem Library ...

Rescue of baby, Thai team truly miracles

Editorials

Good news this week started in Thailand, where international rescuers pulled off the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave. But it doesn’t stop there. We had a miracle right here in the United States, too. A clearly disturbed man told Montana authorities ...

Realistic education reform is needed

Editorials

Give Ohio Gov. John Kasich credit for not having a dog in the fight he waged over public education for several months. By the time House Bill 512 could have gone into effect, Kasich would have been out of office. But though his motives appeared pure, Kasich’s idea was a bad one. He wanted ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Appreciates care provided at Salem Regional Medical Center To the editor: A special thank you to all doctors and nurses at Salem Regional Medical Center for the care of making my best friend and companion of 20 years, Frank R. Wolfe, comfortable and out of pain for his last days of ...

Court was right on travel ban vote

Editorials

USSupreme Court justices who upheld President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban made it clear they were not ruling on whether his policy is wise, only on its constitutionality. But, by a 5-4 vote, justices affirmed Trump’s national security responsibilities give him the power to limit ...

Protect pets from summer’s hot temps

Editorials

Animals can quickly succumb to heat stroke if left outdoors for long periods with no water or shelter in these, the hottest days of the year. Nationwide, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reports that at least 24 hot weather-related animal deaths have been reported this ...

Smoking still health concern for Ohio

Editorials

We have known for decades that smoking can cause cancer, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses. Yet many Americans still have not kicked the habit. Here in Ohio, the concern is particularly worrisome, and it’s getting worse, not better. Last year, 22.5 percent of adults in Ohio ...

Don’t tread on me

Local Columns

Molly planted her feet on the bottom of the public pool. The water came up to her shoulders, about four feet deep. She wiped the water from her eyes, squinting in the bright sunlight of early afternoon. Other swimmers were splashing and squealing around her. She didn’t notice anyone coming ...

Remember pets in the hot weather

Editorials

Thank goodness we caught a break for a few days from the excessive hot temps and searing heat indexes. But it will be return as early as tomorrow when the thermometer will be in the highs 80s. And, after all, it is just early July. Just like any of us, animals can quickly succumb to heat ...

Bureaucrats shouldn’t stop help for children

Editorials

When a child’s emotional and behavioral challenges become so great that there is genuine fear he may harm himself or someone else, the goal too often is removing him from his home. Institutionalization or a series of foster families await many such youngsters. That need not occur in every ...

Agency: Debt could hit $100 trillion within 30 years

Editorials

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 ...

Happy birthday to the United States of America

Editorials

"The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God ...

Thanks Rep. Johnson for supporting Alzheimer’s Act

Letters to the Editor

Thanks Rep. Johnson for supporting Alzheimer’s Act To the editor: According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Facts and Figures, more than 220,000 Ohioans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. More than 5.7 million nationwide. While Alzheimer’s has traditionally been seen as an ...

Did booze industry try to influence study?

Editorials

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

Gender equity rule backfires on Pa. Dems

Editorials

So-called “gender equity” rules have been adopted in some places with the specified goal of getting rid of good old boy dominance in politics. Sometimes they backfire. In Pennsylvania, two women who should have won election to the Democratic Party Central Committee in Philadelphia are ...

Are you a workaholic?

Local Columns

Are you a workaholic? When her father works every hour he possibly can, Maggie’s mother says he does it so he doesn’t have to be at home, interacting with the family. But Maggie thinks maybe he’s a hard-working man because that’s what it takes for him to provide for his family. What ...

Another failure not an option

Editorials

“It was a promising experiment that failed in the implementation.” That was Ohio State University spokesman Chris Davey’s assessment in an email to The Columbus Dispatch as he explained why OSU was shutting down its Sexual Civility and Empowerment program and firing four of its ...

Habitat for Humanity builds homes, hope for area families

Editorials

During a groundbreaking Tuesday for a Habitat for Humanity (HFHMV) home to be built in Salem, delighted 8-year-old Marie Hays exclaimed that she will now have her very own room. That gratitude from a youngster is a kind of simple reward for all the hard work that so many put into such ...

Relationship with Putin is important

Editorials

President Donald Trump is being criticized roundly by some for his plan to meet personally with Russian leader Vladimir Putin this summer. That may occur next month. Since even before the 2016 election, conspiracy theories about Trump and Putin abounded. There were claims the Russian leader ...