Opinion

It’s time again to ‘Feed the Salem Community Pantry

Editorials

We often utilize this editorial positioning to promote good deeds and worthwhile causes. We think it is important to provide exposure because the community as a whole benefits. “Feed the Salem Community Pantry” is certainly such a deserving event. For those making dinner plans, here is a ...

Why I voted to confirm Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

Local Columns

WASHINGTON — Betsy DeVos is the daughter of a public school teacher, and I support her for the role of U.S. Secretary of Education because she has made clear in the nomination process that she will be a strong advocate for our kids and our public schools. An important fact that has been ...

Paying fair share for NATO defense

Editorials

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

‘Roe’ of abortion case fame died pro-life

Editorials

Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...

Pence was left in dark in Flynn flap

Editorials

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Much ado about Ivanka clothing line comment

Editorials

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, broke a rule recently. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is capital punishment too good for her? Pardon our ...

Eating disorders: Food is the enemy

Local Columns

To be addicted means to be dependent on a particular substance and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. By now, many people know that, no matter how good food can be, for too many people, food is the enemy. Eating disorders are the most difficult to treat. They are the ...

Presidential visits always hold value

Editorials

President Donald Trump called off his planned trip to Trumbull County this week, where he had been expected to sign a bill advocating for the coal industry. Trump was expected to fly Thursday aboard Air Force One to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport where he was to sign a bill reversing ...

Freedom and principles

Local Columns

At one time, the mainstream American mindset included the belief that rights are inalienable. That the government was created to protect our rights, not be a service provider. That the Constitution is a living document only when changes are enacted through the amendment process. That ...

FAA: Transforming purpose to action

Editorials

We should all realize — and not ever take for granted especially at breakfast, lunch or dinner time — that agriculture plays a critical role for all of us living in Columbiana and southern Mahoning counties. According to the Farm Journal, Columbiana County has nearly 4,000 farms over an ...

Ban sanctuary cities in Ohio

Editorials

Assume for a moment that the Ohio Legislature approved, and Gov. John Kasich signed into law, a requirement that no arm of local or state government is to assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in any way. No help with emissions records, no enforcement of state rules linked to federal ...

U.S. must focus on terrorists in Pakistan

Editorials

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Responding to ‘what happens to jailed drug addicts?’ To the editor: A letter to the editor published Feb. 9 on this page asked the question, “What happens to jailed drug addicts?” The writer made the statement, “They aren’t getting any rehab, help to get off drugs, ...

With time should come the healing

Editorials

Frequent visitors to our opinion pages are aware of our Letters to the Editor policy. It isn't any different than virtually any other newspaper in the entire country. An important part of that policy is a refusal to publish anonymous letters. We get our share, often during political seasons or ...

Why does DeVos have power to ‘destroy’ public schools, anyway?

Editorials

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education means the end of public schools as we know them, her critics have charged. There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her. For the first time in history, a tie vote over a Cabinet nominee had to be ...

Defining what makes a healthy relationship

Local Columns

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a day recognized as one of love. A lot of people are spending a lot of money to celebrate their deep affection for special persons in their lives with heart-shaped boxes of candy, flowers and, for a lot of them, engagement rings. How is a healthy relationship ...

Presidency is not a reality show

Editorials

Googling the words “President Trump” on a recent morning resulted in such headline gems as predictions of what happens to the market if “the Trump train derails, “or how the president “could gut America’s consumer watchdog” (both from CNBC), or how Trump playing the role of ...

Statewide bail reform in Ohio being called for

Editorials

With jails bulging due to the opiate epidemic, county-level officials across the state are calling for the legislature and the Ohio Supreme Court to fix a bail system that is contributing heavily to the overcrowding problem. Both the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio and the Buckeye ...

Begin penalizing sanctuary cities

Editorials

Here is the definition of a sanctuary city: In the United States, a sanctuary city is a municipality that has adopted a policy of protecting unauthorized immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws and by ensuring that all residents have access to city services, ...