Editorials

Take heed of weather warnings for weekend

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 ...

Replenish Ohio’s reclamation fund

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 ...

Roses&Thorns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Not too late to get your flu shot

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Flu activity began tracking upward in ...

Berlin has been good for our city

Citizens of Salem received some good news the very first week of the new year. Mayor John Berlin said he will seek a third term. Berlin is serving the final year of his second term. The feeling had been that maybe he wouldn't seek another term. But he will with the support of his family. ...

Pros, cons come with new police video bill

New legislation spelling out when Ohio police body camera and cruiser dash camera footage may or may not be released to the public should bring mixed reaction from the public. We do not deny there is a critical need for Ohio law to uniformly clarify the question of when police body camera and ...

Protect yourself from cervical cancer

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2019. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Remembering those who passed in 2018

We were reminded during the second half of this year of the importance of public service, and had the opportunity to look back at a time when governing represented the art of compromise, a period when opinions were valued and decisions were reached only after thought and deliberation. Sadly, ...

Regulating Ohio’s child care providers

Ohio child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the five-star ...

Our New Year message: Don’t Drink and Drive!

The message is one we feel obliged to repeat this time each year. There are some people across our country, across our state and across our own area who will awaken today with a brand new year in the offing. There will be so much promise and anticipation for 2019. These folks will celebrate ...

College football really heating up

It’s the high point of the bowl season, and fans throughout the area will looking forward to several games. Granted, a lot of interest in the bowls was lost on Dec. 2, when members of the College Football Playoff selection committee left Ohio State out of this year’s four-team ...

Rooting out fraud, waste in Columbus

Ohio’s Inspector General’s office has its work cut out for it, after the release of a report on rampant fraud and waste in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. ODRC and Ohio Penal Industries inappropriately authorized creation of programs and gifted some items, costing ...

Think before drinking during holiday season

‘Ts the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. Alcohol will be available at some of those parties. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, enjoy each other’s company and gaze at the holiday lights. One set of ...

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Merry Christmas to kids everywhere who last night tightly squeezed their eyes and strained to hear reindeer footsteps on the rooftop. They finally fell asleep in a bed full of warmth and full of dreams. And Merry Christmas to all of us who wish we could still believe in a Santa Claus. ...