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Editorials

Good neighbors watch out for one another

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling — about 60 miles due west from Salem — are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was ...

Richard E. Kaufman Jr.

EAST PALESTINE — Richard E. Kaufman Jr., 81, a longtime resident of East Palestine, died at his home Wednesday. He was born Oct. 7, 1937 in Millvale, Pa., a son of the late Richard Sr. and Clara Sallach Kaufman. He was a graduate of the New Waterford High School. He worked as an Assembler ...

We must first learn why mass murderers kill

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered at least 31 people in Dayton and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

Not jumping to militarize communities is the right call

In what sounds as though it might have been, shall we call it, a difference of opinion between Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, Gov. Mike DeWine was roped in about the best way to handle an escalation in violent crimes in the city. In fact, Deters ...

Make drug abuse crisis villains pay

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are…” In reply, a sales representative for ...

Obama was harder on immigrants

Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...

Time for Ryan to turn his attention back to Congress

The presidential bid being carried out by Trumbull County’s own Tim Ryan for the last few months has generated quite a buzz locally. Since traveling to New York City to announce his bid in April on national television, the longtime congressman now has appeared on stage in two national ...

Voter rolls must be kept up to date

Ohio’s Secretary of State’s office has received 20 requests so far for its list of those whose voter registrations will be subject to a purge of the rolls in September. That is a good thing, but Frank LaRose’s office is hoping for more requests. Access to the list of names will give ...

States must maintain control of local elections

U.S. senators last week were told the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report on Russian ...

Congress should move to save miners’ pensions

Retired coal miners and their families receive little enough from the pension program they and their companies supported for many years. Taking even that away as a result of government action ought to be viewed as unacceptable. Yet unless Congress acts, which many lawmakers have been ...

Release all records from the drug crisis

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Fairs are a wonderful part of our heritage

There's no glitz, glamour or full scale high-tech wizardry used to awe which seems to be needed — or felt it is needed — in this day and age of providing entertainment. There are no fancy 21st century version whistles, horns or gimmicks involved. No, the summer fairs in our area like the ...

Thanks to those sponsoring Salem fireworks show

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 ...

Hate crimes must never be tolerated

True hate crimes are not as common as some would have us believe — but when they do occur, swift, severe punishment ought to be meted out. Last week, a federal judge in Cincinnati sentenced Izmir Koch, 34, to 2 1/2 years in prison because he lied to the FBI and violated the federal hate ...

State tax breaks will benefit small business

Expect ultra-liberal politicians and special interest groups in Ohio to label the tax breaks just signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine as something for “the rich.” But it isn’t, as residents most in need of relief will learn. Part of the two-year, $69 billion state budget, the changes ...

New obstacles to solving the drug crisis exposed

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it must be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Man’s work proves good still does exist

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other ...

Call for proof before making accusations

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While he was vice president, Joe Biden had called for more research into ...

Ensure hospitals don’t do more harm

Officials at Mount Carmel Health System near Columbus appear to be working hard to correct the problems that made possible the deaths of at least 25 people due to excessive doses of painkillers, for which only one person — William Husel — is facing charges. At least 23 other employees ...

Ensure Ohio schools work

Giving local officials as much control as possible over public schools normally is the best policy. Education bureaucrats in state capitals simply are not familiar enough with local needs to handle the job well. But what if local officials are doing a terrible job? Is it fair to children to ...