Opinion

State should boost funds to save babies

Editorials

Among new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ninth-worst ...

Coal entering a new era in 2019

Local Columns

For those who follow energy policy in the United States, these are intriguing times. A number of significant changes are under way, with natural gas occupying a newfound prominence in electricity generation. Some older coal plants are being retired, too. And more utilities are exploring wind ...

Gov. DeWine moves to save Lordstown plant

Editorials

That it was just two days after his gubernatorial inauguration when Mike DeWine made an overnight trek to Detroit in the name of saving the Lordstown General Motors plant speaks volumes about what we can expect from our state’s new CEO. The message he delivered to GM President and CEO Mary ...

Stalking Awareness Month: Should you be afraid?

Local Columns

Stalking happens. Stalking is linked with sexual assault and domestic violence. Stalking has been experienced by approximately one in six women and one in 13-17 men, depending on the source to which you refer. Stalking is behavior directed at someone that is intended to cause fear for ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for those taking advantage of the big storm heads-up forecasts/warnings that were put out a full week ahead of Harper and got prepared. The whole make sure you have enough milk and bread mode. Thorns for those tardy folks who put it off and put if off and then complain when stores run out ...

Defending bigotry is unacceptable

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true or not can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of ...

Johnson suggests shutdown solution

Editorials

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

Wishing Gov. DeWine the best of good fortune

Editorials

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his political options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans are resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already. He has appointed one of the ...

Take heed of weather warnings for weekend

Editorials

Sure it’s only midweek but when forecasters toss around words such as “blockbuster” and “colossal” when describing a potential winter storm heading our way, we all better take notice. Models will be continuously tweaked but as this is written we are expecting to get at least 8 inches ...

Recognizing those serving the district

Local Columns

January is School Board Recognition Month, and it is my honor to acknowledge the five sitting members of the Salem Board of Education, as well as all of the many citizens who have served on Salem’s board over the past 165 years. In a recent press release, the Ohio School Boards Association ...

Replenish Ohio’s reclamation fund

Editorials

Environmentalists and the coal industry often find themselves glaring angrily at one another over the issues fence that so frequently divides them. They agree on an important issue in Ohio, however, according to The Associated Press. Both groups are worried about funding of a state program to ...

Some birth defects can be prevented

Local Columns

One in 33 babies are born with a birth defect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. January is Birth Defect Prevention Month across the U.S. Though all birth defects cannot be prevented. With knowledge and prevention in mind, some can. Every preventative measure ...

CCCTC Adult Education Center: Thanks to MAC Trailer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Columbiana County Career and Technical Center (CCCTC) Adult Education Welding program would like to recognize MAC Trailer at both its Alliance and Salem locations for being an exemplary example of the business community supporting education. CCCTC would like to thank MAC ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses of the belated kind for local police. Wednesday was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Our bad for not remembering that until afterwards. Roses for those acknowledging that. One reader called the Salem Police Dept. to express thanks for all the officers do. Actually there should ...

Implement new school reform rules

Editorials

Once again, Ohio legislators have failed to make up that incomplete grade in School Reform. Sooner or later, Buckeye State residents are going to decide it ought to be changed to an F. In 2014, state leaders decided it was time to ensure diplomas granted to high school graduates reflect a ...

Elected to serve our best interests

Editorials

This past week saw some political highlights that should interest local citizens — especially voters. Michael Rulli was sworn in as a first-time Ohio Senator after winning the seat in November. Rulli is a Salem resident and part of a successful and longtime family-owned business. He gets it ...

Discipline critical in our public schools

Editorials

Ohio schools will likely feel little effect from the U.S. Department of Education’s rollback of Obama-era warnings to schools about the number of suspensions being handed out to minority students. At the time, there was concern that minority students across the country were being suspended ...

Lawmaker must find solutions to poor roads

Editorials

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...

Lawmakers must find solution to poor roads

Editorials

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...

OTHER VOICES

Editorials

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jan. 4 Maybe Cleveland City Council with 17 members representing 388,072 city residents is the ideal size for good constituent service and to represent the diversity of a city of many neighborhoods. Maybe reducing council size to nine would make it less able to ...