Editorials

Heed AAA survey on teen driving

Another weekend is here. High school football games and other social activities for teens to do. No school until Monday. It is what being young is about: having fun and doing things with friends. Often driving is involved. But parents should heed research that came out way via the AAA ...

Early detection critical in fight against cancer

It’s October, a time when the color pink is prevalent in our communities, making us aware it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the statistics still hold true, as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to medical experts. But did you know that ...

Workers’ Comp agents uncover $60M in fraud

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 health ...

Innocent until proven guilty still does apply

Entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein was chosen long ago as the poster pervert for the #MeToo movement. Yet last week, he became a reminder that justice in America is for everyone, not just people we like. Weinstein has been accused by many women of having used his power to victimize them ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for council voting to allow the Parks Commission to acquire an Oak Street property. It will become the parks department headquarters. The move was initiated by Parks Director Shane Franks who did his due diligence in pursuing the move. The parks commissioners were wholly behind it as was ...

Take advantage of absentee voting

For many Ohioans, the Nov. 6 election will be more important in many ways than if voters were helping to elect a president. Both on local candidates and issues and those affecting the entire state — including a heated gubernatorial race and Issue 1 — critical decisions need to be made at ...

Quakerfest provides array of entertainment

After another post-summer heat blast the weather is more seasonal. Just right for autumn and just right for a big downtown Salem event coming Saturday. Much like summertime's Cruise, the annual Salem Quakerfest offers a variety of activities for all ages, most of which are free. The ...

E-cigarette use must be taken seriously

More than 1,100 businesses throughout the country are being warned by the Food and Drug Administration to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors. Working with local law enforcement agencies, the FDA conducted a massive sting operation earlier this year. Juveniles, accompanied by adults, were ...

We celebrate the spirit of discovery

It’s become fashionable in this age of global warming and the rise of ever-tougher diseases to blame Christopher Columbus with destroying the New World. To those who succumb to such talk, we issue a reminder: There would be no New World if Columbus, motivated by either the desire to explore ...

Nukes not only threat from North Korea

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

FEMA must re-examine all of its rigid relief hoops

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

Online posts can be one’s worst enemy

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior — often long ago — reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And in contrast to paper documents that can be ...

GM must recall loyalty, share its intentions

We are pleased to see our elected leaders continuing their fight for the preservation of jobs at the Lordstown General Motors plant, an integral part of the future of our local economy. Our U.S. senators representing both sides of the aisle have been working hard to convince General Motors ...

A better way to use school safety money

Sometimes “fair” is not smart. A plan for distributing safety and security funds to Ohio public schools is an excellent example of that. State officials plan to distribute $12 million that has been set aside to improve school security. A few days ago, the state attorney general’s office ...

Elderly need legal protections, too

T he need for everyone to look out for children became apparent many years ago in Ohio. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. Fortunately, that is changing. The ...

Awareness helps to slow rates of breast cancer

Once again this year, October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This nationwide initiative, created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, is intended to bring awareness and support to those women and men (who, albeit rare, also can contract the disease) impacted by breast cancer. This ...

It’s time to get back to civility in politics

As U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley pointed out Thursday morning, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford have one thing in common: Both are victims of the viciousness that has taken over our public discourse. Grassley, R-Iowa, was opening a ...

Roses&Thorns

Thorns to those disregarding the no left turn signs at Pershing and Lincoln. What is it about complying that you aren't getting? Not to mention clogging traffic going south on Lincoln — consisting of many drivers obeying the new signage? As this is written, cops were to begin writing out ...

Paying for new pain relief ideas

Though awareness and changes in the law have resulted in a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the primary factor in our current substance abuse crisis, they remain a concern. “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications ...

Congress needs to act before land fund ends

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...