Opinion

Cut spending on pet projects for Congress

Editorials

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from Ohio are already are ...

Once again, N.Korea wants gifts before talks

Editorials

North Korean officials have done the predictable. They are insisting that before there can be any talk of reining in their nuclear weapons and missile development programs, the regime must be granted new concessions by the United States and other countries. Specifically, Pyongyang wants a ...

Poor, disabled big losers in Trump budget; military wins

Editorials

USrelations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. One of ...

Making US position clear to Saudi princes

Editorials

There can be no doubt Saudia Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Voters deserve full probe of Russian ties

Editorials

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Local Columns

There are some discouraging days in everyone’s life. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is sitting right there on your shoulders and there isn’t one thing you can do about it. You don’t have the energy to pick yourself up, the stamina to keep yourself going, the determination to turn ...

What drives boy, 8, to kill himself?

Editorials

The thought of an 8-year-old child committing suicide is so awful most people probably do not want to even think about it. But it happened earlier this year in Cincinnati, and the circumstances dictate that we do think about it. On Jan. 26, little Gabriel Taye went to the bathroom in his home ...

Bill demands excellence in our educators

Editorials

An Ohio General Assembly proposal — House Bill 66 — is being labeled “an attack on faculty” by critics such as John McNay, president of the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a history professor at the University of Cincinnati, who hope to keep tenured ...

Don’t let greedy coal executives off hook

Editorials

Consider the source, Mr. President. Then just say no. That may be the best advice President Donald Trump could get regarding a letter sent to him by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Blankenship spent a year in prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate federal mine safety ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Adopt a Planter program receives community support To the editor: The Salem Beautification Committee would like to thank the following people and organizations — we sold out early this year — who made a financial contribution to support our annual Adopt a Planter program. Our annual ...

Let’s address the problem of drug addiction, not retreat

Local Columns

Last week the media reported that the White House is considering cutting 95 percent of the funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). I understand the need for deficit reduction, but at a time when Ohio and the country is facing the worst drug crisis in our history, these ...

Can teachers handle discipline without cop?

Editorials

A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

Practice safety first with motorcyclists

Editorials

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and, based on motorcycle fatalities in 2016, it is a good time for all motorists to look at biker safety. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported there were 203 people killed in 194 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2016, a 45 percent increase since 2014. ...

Time was right for Comey to go

Editorials

Many Democrats have been demanding James Comey’s head on a platter. Now that President Donald Trump has handed it to them, they are furious. Hillary Clinton and some in her party believe Comey’s actions as FBI director cost her votes in last year’s presidential election. They point to ...

Older Americans Month: Active, fit in the game plan

Local Columns

Melba stepped on the scales and frowned. She had been fighting the same 10 pounds for a long time. Lose them. Gain them back. Her knees hurt when she went up and down stairs. Her feet hurt when she walked or stood in one place for too long. She hated that she was getting old. What a depressing ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses, hugs and kisses for all the good moms out there — from the first-time mothers to an elderly mom who realized that being a parent did not end when a child became an adult. Aren’t we lucky to have oh so many great moms around here? There are no age boundaries. A parent is always a ...

Brown supported war against coal

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, pitched in enthusiastically with other coal-state lawmakers who have spent months attempting to protect retired miners from losing their health insurance. It was the least he could do. “Brown Secures Healthcare for Miners in Bill to Fund Government,” a ...

Fill a bag and help letter carriers stamp out hunger

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 a quarter century. The 25th drive will be held Saturday. Over the past 24 years, letter carriers have collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food. All ...

Concerns regarding medical marijuana cultivation in our area

Local Columns

In the past weeks, we have read several articles in the local newspapers as well as others within the region that several individuals are looking to develop a medical marijuana cultivation facility or agricultural area within the Salem and/or surrounding areas. Individuals have completed ...

Accuses Trump of profiting from his presidency

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In 2015, Trump said he would “rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done.” Now, he is golfing and visiting a Trump-branded property every few days! I’m deeply concerned with Trump’s taxpayer funded trips to Trump properties, ...