Editorials

Put focus on existing rules, not new ones

Big government’s standard answer for any problem is to insist it needs more power, usually in the form of additional burdensome regulations. Time and time again, however, the public sees clearly that the problem is ineffective enforcement of existing rules. The ongoing scandal involving ...

Aid to Nigeria dollars well spent

Islamic terrorism is not confined to the Middle East. It is a threat far to the west in Nigeria, too. When President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met this week at the White House, they discussed a variety of topics. Among them were economic issues and ...

How much are red wolves worth today?

Red wolves once were common in Southeast states. By 1980, they were considered extinct in the wild. That resulted in establishment of a captive breeding program meant to establish a new population of the animals in an area of eastern North Carolina. In 1987, the captive breeding program ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for Salem High School head football coach Ron Johnson and many of his players giving up a recent Saturday morning to help out with the annual downtown cleanup day. Roses for Emma Wilson. The 2014 Salem High School graduate was named Outstanding Senior Woman at Mount Union for 2018. A ...

Did testing delay cause jetliner death?

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a year. On ...

Please embrace the meaning behind Earth Day

The year 1970 was eventful. Consider some notable happenings: — President Nixon ordered U.S. forces to cross into neutral Cambodia, which widened the Vietnam War. His decision ignited nationwide riots which led to the Kent State shootings and four dead students and others injured. — A ...

Trusting Kim, North Korea not an option

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? We hope not, but we also must not assume a sincere, humane bone exists in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met secretly with Kim a few days ago, the ...

A beloved First Lady who earned esteem

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Trump’s diplomacy worked in attack

One chorus in which President Donald Trump’s critics delight in singing is that he is ruining our relationships with other countries. Not really. Consider what happened Friday and Saturday: That night, armed forces from the United States, England and France joined in an attack on chemical ...

Surgeon general’s drug advisory timely

Recently, the U.S. surgeon general did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Too many Americans ...

Use caution in response to chem attack by Assad

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take. No one likes to see innocent little children suffering. Some U.S. response to the atrocity, in which about 40 people died, is necessary. Most nations have ...

Expanding Internet availability in Ohio

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband internet service in Ohio may have its bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state — including in rural sections of eastern Ohio — is high enough to ...

OSU must investigate own sports abuse case

Attempts to sweep under the rug a sexual abuse scandal involving some U.S. Olympic athletes and others at Michigan State University backfired badly, as they should have. Some officials in both programs have lost their jobs. Some are being investigated for crimes. The predator, Dr. Larry ...

Is drug abuse bigger threat than AIDS now?

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. Yet much more federal money ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for Salem City Council and our schools leadership being in lockstep when it comes to developing a plan for a full-time resource officer. The times we live in call for such security in our school classrooms and hallways. It will be money well spent. The officer would provide protection and ...

Fifty years after his death, MLK’s words still ring true

The brilliance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on, even in these 50 years since his murder on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. Likewise, the principles for which Dr. King stood — civility and nonviolence — also still ring true today. His daughter, the ...

ISIS terrorists: ‘You can’t prove anything’

Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

NKorea’s leader puts good of regime first

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator ...

State officials dragging feet on medical pot

State officials put a substantial amount of time and energy into laying the groundwork for sale of medicinal marijuana in Ohio. It appears they did not weed out all the potential problems. Sales of marijuana to those eligible to buy it for medicinal use are to begin Sept. 8. But as matters ...

Puppy lovers: Beware of the online scammers

Who doesn't like an affectionate, cuddly puppy? C'mon, most of us do. There is even a National Puppy Day. It was held March 23. You may have read our Associated Press story regarding our nation's love affair with dogs that we ran Thursday. The American Kennel Club released its rankings. ...