Opinion

What’s diplomacy solved with NKorea?

Editorials

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Misleading numbers on ‘clean’ energy jobs

Editorials

Ohio has the second-highest number of renewable energy jobs in the Midwest (behind Illinois), according to Clean Jobs Midwest 2017, a collaboration between Clean Energy Trust, an investment group, and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit comprised of business groups and investors. In ...

Feds have role to play in building trust in police departments

Editorials

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Don’t pay for motor vehicle freedom with your very life

Editorials

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on … ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Our Constitution requires defense

Editorials

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. Each year on Sept. 18, we celebrate Constitution Day. It is both a time for us to marvel at what our ...

Building resistance and healing

Local Columns

The babyboomer generation and the generation preceding the boomers can remember the prosperity of post World War II through the mid-1970s. They recall the Economic Malaise of circa 1980 that pitched many families into poverty, seemingly overnight. The steel mills padlocked their doors. Such a ...

Standing up to the bullies

Editorials

We have never met Adam Jenyk and his wife, Chaelsie Adkins. They may never even read this opinion piece, seeing as how they live in Niles. But we would like to thank them. For standing up against the trolls and the grossly ill informed flourishing throughout social media. Our sister ...

Fighting opioid crisis in Ohio

Local Columns

In Ohio, at least 12 people die each day due to drug overdoses. If a terrorist attack happened daily in one of our cities or villages killing a dozen people, we would be up in arms. Sadly, losing 12 people each day in Ohio to drug overdoses has become our new normal. For many, the origins of ...

Why would Dems even want to talk jobs creation?

Editorials

It is ironic that Democrat candidates for governor in Ohio are saying they want to focus on job creation. That and complaints about incumbent Gov. John Kasich dominated a debate among four Democrat gubernatorial candidates Tuesday in Martins Ferry. Our region of the state once was an ...

Doing what you believe in

Local Columns

The late Luceille Fleming was a leader, an advocate for women recovering from addiction. She was compassionate and caring about the women at the big yellow house behind McDonald’s that bears her name. She could be compassionate and caring because she once stood where they stand: facing ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Why is a charter government still being considered? To the editor: Do we the people have a voice? Last November the citizens of Salem voted down the charter government proposal. Now the proposal is going back on the ballot. Was our vote wasted? We are now faced with another attempt to ...

Better vetting system needed for govt. hires

Editorials

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Helping Ohioans get good paying jobs

Local Columns

We just celebrated Labor Day, a chance to recognize the importance of workers and reflect on the future of our workforce during changing times. One of the realities we must face is that good jobs are going unfilled and companies are moving jobs elsewhere because of the skills gap. That is ...

Sending the wrong message on weight

Editorials

Government has no business telling fashion companies they cannot use ultra-skinny models. The companies should be doing that voluntarily. A new law in France, set to go into effect Oct. 1, provides such a ban. It requires both male and female models to obtain certificates indicating they are ...

Texas mission shows value of air station

Editorials

The latest deployment of the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing crews and aircraft from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station to assist in flood relief efforts in Houston demonstrates two things. First, it showcases the value of humanitarian efforts we, as a nation, take on for those ...

September is National Recovery Month

Local Columns

Everyone needs help sometime. When someone isn’t well, that person desires that the people around them will have a good understanding about what is going on. The person feels very fortunate when there is encouragement and support when they struggle to recover from their ailment, their ...

All-of-the- above policy is vital

Editorials

For eight years, for many living in Ohio — especially those in the southeast quadrant of our state — and neighboring West Virginia tried in vain to make our fellow Americans understand that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal ought to be their concern as well as ours. It took the ...

Trump abiding by the oath that he took

Editorials

Under existing law, illegal immigrants are supposed to be apprehended and deported, except in rare situations. President Donald Trump took an oath to uphold the law and, more particularly, the Constitution. His predecessor, former President Barack Obama, took the same oath. He was not ...

Compensation policy for crime victims needs fixed

Editorials

Some Ohioans victimized by crime can be compensated by a state program set up for the purpose. Most don’t receive much; the average last year was $2,369. But some who probably ought to get help do not receive a dime, because of rules by which the program is guided. One of them was a ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for making Run Fast Winged 5K a success To the editor: The third annual Run Fast Winged 5K was held on Aug. 19, 2017, at Memorial Park to benefit the Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship. In addition to the 5K run, there was a 1.2 mile walk that welcomed dog walkers. Participants ...