Opinion

Passion for WB Schools prompts a run for BOE seat

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Last July, I went to a meeting at West Branch that changed my life. It was a community forum about the financial future of West Branch. It got inside my soul. I love this school and the people that make this school a place I want my child educated. I love the experiences and ...

Changing school takeover system

Editorials

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...

Teen pregnancy on the decline

Local Columns

Parenting is challenging for those who believe they are prepared and ready for it. But sometimes things happen. Sometimes things happen to teens who still are children themselves. “I didn’t think it would happen to me,” said a teen mom. The baby’s father assured her that she could ...

Recognizing real heroes when they are among us

Editorials

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord is to be dedicated as a site ...

Remind Kim with whom he is dealing

Editorials

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets ...

May is skin cancer awareness month

Local Columns

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, I want to share the following information as we observe Skin Cancer Awareness Month. You may know about melanoma—the deadly skin cancer that more than 96,000 Americans, ...

Energy supply chain is strong

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Sometimes we forget about all of the downstream jobs that are created when a company builds a new facility, but Rick Shrum's recent article ("Buzz palpable surrounding Shell cracker in Pa.," April 11) really brought those benefits to light. Not only will the new Shell cracker ...

Pump brakes on Lordstown news

Editorials

Without a doubt, we all would have rather heard news last week that General Motors is reallocating a vehicle to the Lordstown plant and that it would be operating again soon. That, of course, was not the case, and instead it became abundantly clear that GM is not contemplating reopening the ...

Networking benefits Columbiana County

Local Columns

How do you leave the job at the office at the end of the day if your name is Eileen Dray-Bardon and you are the director of Columbiana County Jobs and Family Services? “You don’t.” Bardon retired May 3 after 40 years of service to the people of Columbiana County, about 20 of those years ...

Kind words for Salem High concert director

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Salem, Ohio was treated to a wonderful concert Monday night (May 6) put on by the high school music department. What a wonderful performance and very entertaining for all. I would like the world to know that Mr. Samu is a great inspiration to all his students and the ...

Happy Mother’s Day!

Editorials

A very heartfelt happy Mother's Day along with roses, hugs and smooches for all the good moms out there — from the first-time mothers to elderly moms who realized that being a parent did not end when a child became an adult. Granted, there are many "bad" moms out there. We all know who ...

Tax reform is working but we must do more to strengthen economy

Local Columns

We have a strong economy today, thanks in part to the pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief Congress has put in place. Companies like Kroger in Cincinnati, Tremco in Cleveland, ProMedica in Toledo, and Wolf Metals in Columbus are creating jobs, raising wages and reinvesting ...

Clear the backlog in Ohio Medicaid

Editorials

While it is always tempting for new administrations to throw their predecessors under the bus as problems are discovered, it appears there may be some reason for Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran to be frustrated. There is a backlog of more than 70,000 applications from Ohioans seeking ...

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive could use your help

Editorials

"Fill a bag. Help feed families." That's what the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been doing for over a quarter century. The 27th drive will be held Saturday. Over the past 26 years, letter carriers have collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food. It is ...

Redrawing the lines for Ohio lawmakers

Editorials

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

It’s time for release of Ohio State report

Editorials

It is easy to understand why Ohio State University officials have not yet released a report on their investigation of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, despite the fact it has been a year since his misdeeds came to light. Strauss, who had been a doctor working with some of OSU’s athletic teams, ...

Older Americans Month: What is elder abuse?

Local Columns

Every year FRC provides information relating to Older Americans Month which is observed during the month of May. As I read reliable resources regarding elder abuse, I learned that there are diverse definitions for the term “elder abuse.” There is no definitive definition. Laws vary from ...

Some facts on the matter of global warming

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Al Gore says it is simply physics: the CO2 molecule absorbs heat. He also states that “more people have been killed by air conditioners than by terrorists.” There are three states of matters: solid, liquid and gas. The closer the molecules are to one another, the more ...

Seeking levity: A note to West Branch Elementary Staff

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I'm sure when you woke up that first day in September you never would have expected what was to come your way this school year. You were probably stunned when you found out halfway through the year that you and most of your peers would be getting a new title — that is of ...