Opinion

Minneapolis tragedy shows better police training needed

Editorials

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...

Asset forfeiture must not be abused

Editorials

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Fighting to protect Lake Erie’s resources

Local Columns

The Great Lakes are known for their beautiful coastlines and great fishing and boating. In fact, Lake Erie is Ohio’s number one tourist destination. But more than that, Lake Erie provides drinking water for three million Ohioans and jobs for hundreds of thousands of families across the ...

McCain a genuine American hero

Editorials

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Both parties must work to replace Obamacare

Editorials

If you have a private health insurance policy, would you call your agent and cancel it just because there is a small chance you might find something better? Of course not. That would be crazy. At some point after your policy lapsed, you would be prey for anyone eager to sell you any coverage ...

Addiction recovery needs compassion

Local Columns

How sympathetic are you to another person’s suffering? Do you ever find yourself wanting to help someone with their troubles because maybe you have had troubles and someone was there for you? Or maybe you hate to see someone suffering if there is something you can do to make things at least a ...

Prevalence of Lyme disease a concern

Editorials

A health threat that has been around for several years is becoming more common in Ohio, so area residents should learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Lyme disease is a dangerous illness that is spread to humans through tick bites. Its symptoms include fever, chills, ...

Ohio at center of civility movement

Editorials

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Going to a fair soon? Heed the advisory

Editorials

Fairs are part of the lives of so many of us during the late summer season. The sprawling Ohio State Fair will open next Wednesday. Our own Columbiana County Fair is July 31-Aug. 6. And, of course, the historic Canfield Fair occupies the Labor Day weekend. There are others coming up across the ...

Don’t break reading habits during summer

Editorials

We hope your student is keeping up with promises to read throughout the summer. Now is a good time for a reminder to read throughout summer break. Doing so keeps young brains sharp and in training for the lessons ahead in classrooms. We hope students in the house are keeping up this summer. If ...

Reform bill setback postpones inevitable

Editorials

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solid against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill. But the setback has merely ...

Investigate all Russian influence

Editorials

Of course contacts between Russian officials attempting to influence last year’s presidential election and those around President Donald Trump need to be investigated. That would be a perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Moscow’s meddling in our affairs. It is strange — ...

Stamp out corrupt defense spending

Editorials

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...

Youth leadership training: Preparing tomorrow’s leaders

Local Columns

Overheard: “The ‘Me’ Generation doesn’t know anything about the ‘We’ Generation.” The statement begs understanding. Depending on where you look, youth-related issues include such things as drugs, education, health, human rights, poverty, and unemployment, just to name a few. ...

Donations provided spark for Salem fireworks display

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As mayor of the city of Salem, I want to thank the following citizens and organizations for their generous support and sponsorship, and for once again making this year’s fireworks display possible. It is important to remember that no tax dollars are spent to purchase ...

Stay away from risky mortgages

Editorials

Interest rates will be allowed to continue rising, but gradually, later this year, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told members of Congress on Wednesday. The economy is improving, meaning the Fed’s longstanding policy of holding interest rates at basement levels is no longer ...

City needs to implement charter government

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A little over twelve years ago I moved to Salem. Like many, we moved back here to be closer to family. Although I was not from Salem, I had visited many times and was excited about moving to a smaller town. Still, when I got here I was warned by many that since I was not ...

Safeguarding the privacy of voters throughout Ohio

Editorials

Controversy over a federal commission’s request for information on American voters is more than a bit overblown. Claims the panel is asking states to invade the privacy of voters are simply inaccurate, as a matter of fact. Still, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is absolutely right to ...

There is plenty to do around Salem

Editorials

What’s there to do? Now that the post July 4th doldrums are here and with the dog days of August biting on the calendar’s heels that just might be a question some of you are asking. Well, thankfully around our parts you actually don’t have to look that far. Take this weekend as an ...

Knowing more about viruses-cancer link

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Despite the way the popular saying goes, what you don’t know can hurt you. And most people don’t know about the link between certain viruses and cancer. If left untreated, hepatitis B and C and the human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to certain types of cancer. Knowing more ...