Editorials

Find a better way to spend $500M

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week his philanthropic foundation will spend $500 million to close as many coal-fired power plants as possible. He also wants Americans to stop building new gas-fired power plants. Period. Bloomberg claims the move is needed to ...

Giving Ohioans a break on their taxes

Things are picking up for state government in Ohio and, fortunately, legislators of both parties seem to agree some of the wealth ought to be shared with Buckeye State taxpayers. State House of Representatives members already have approved a budget calling for a 6.6 percent tax cut. Now, ...

Mental health study and gun violence

The recent mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians but still futile in achieving the desired result. On May 31, hours after ...

More questions plague Catholic Church leaders

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. gathered in Baltimore this week with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s closet in ours and neighboring states including West ...

Let the red, white and blue never cease to wave

Today is Flag Day. Our fine nation should be awash in red, white and blue. That is because Flag Day deserves the respect of each and every one of us. Flag Day doesn't carry the same holiday day off/let's golf, barbecue, hit the swimming pool and party reputation that its summertime counterparts ...

DeWine correct to focus on jail safety

What a difference a year makes. In 2017, an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction report found few problems at the Cuyahoga County jail. A year later, U.S. marshals terms conditions there “inhumane.” In 2018, eight inmates died at the jail. Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered ...

Income factors into treatment for addicts

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

Hospital deaths: Why did it take so long to notice?

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in the ...

Keep bringing back the Cruise

With the cooperation of a usually more finicky Mother Nature the four-day Salem Super Cruise ended Sunday afternoon marked by great weather, great turnout and great show vehicles. The Super Cruise is a huge community asset to the city. Anyone walking around this past weekend, especially ...

Make plans for student vaccinations

Decreasing numbers of children receiving important vaccinations before entering public school have become such a problem that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to get a handle on the numbers. That is proving difficult, as there is no real mechanism for tracking ...

Immigration immunity for all is not logical

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

Remembering the D-Day sacrifices

One of the greatest military achievements ever occurred three-quarters of a century ago today. Code named Operation Neptune and usually referred to as D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history began on the shores of Normandy, France. D-Day was a massive invasion of Allied forces ...

Enjoy the Cruise and what it offers

With the cooperation of a finicky Mother Nature, what has become Salem's biggest downtown attraction during the calendar year should again be just that over the coming days. The forecast looks pretty darn good for weather and fun. Hundreds of people will pour into our downtown and East end ...

Don’t lift ban on fireworks in Ohio

Legalizing dangerous fireworks was a bad idea when it was done in West Virginia in 2016 — and it is no better now for Ohio. A bill in the Ohio state Senate, SB 72, would legalize consumer use of most pyrotechnic devices, including some powerful enough to blow a child’s hand off. Most ...

A single moment can be powerful

One single moment in time can have a big impact on our lives. We were reminded of that once again last week when we learned of the deaths of Bart Starr and Bill Buckner. Both are remembered as professional athletes, Starr as quarterback with the Green Bay Packers and Buckner as a first ...

Thanks and Spanks

THANKS, writes a reader, to all who volunteered to help with Columbiana County Memorial Park. SPANKS to the board members who asked for help and did not show up. SPANKS, writes a reader, to Columbiana Memorial Cemetery. The grass looks great in front, but the rest is not very nice. I had to ...

Use tragedy to review law limits

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking Ohio lawmakers to consider abolishing the state’s statute of limitations for sexual assault. His inspiration is the revelation that the late Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused nearly 180 male Ohio State University students between 1979 and 1998. Though it is a moot ...

This is one long war we are losing

America’s longest war — neither Vietnam nor Afghanistan — shows no sign of even winding down, much less ending. To the contrary, the death toll may continue to increase. Veterans of military service rightly point to the Vietnam and Afghan wars as the longest, in most respects, in U.S. ...

Plan now for declining population in the US

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic and political issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that the ...

Respecting those today who earned it

“The old general returned to the scene of battle, Where the great war had been fought, Once more he recalled the devastation, And the carnage that was wrought. As he walked among the white crosses, He remembered the sacrifices made, Deep inside he wonders now, Was it all worth ...