Editorials

Forget semantics, let’s just get it done

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...

Roses&Thorns

Thorns and stiff traffic citations to those — and you know there will be some — who drink and drive today during America's unofficial holiday known as "Super Bowl Sunday." Call a friend, cab or just sleep it off until you are able to get behind the wheel. Roses for those who will not watch ...

Handling situation over Husted salary

Oops. Ohio legislators inadvertantly created a mess when, in a bill they passed last year, they created a new agency in state government. Designed to improve use of technology in state government, education and job placement, it is called InnovateOhio. New Gov. Mike DeWine has said he plans ...

Money is needed to battle infant mortality

Among new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ninth-worst ...

Nothing ‘immoral’ about border barrier

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Democrats in her chamber will not provide funds for a physical barrier along the southern border because it is “immoral.” How so? Either the United States has controls over immigration or it does not. If Pelosi, D-Calif., thinks we ...

Goshen Police District officers deserve praise

It seems law enforcement officers nationwide absorb unrelenting beat downs from politicized social media and so-called objective agenda-driven news “sources” which aren’t that at all. You know: purveyors of tilted and purely subjective so-called news. Close to phony if not outright fake. ...

Celebrating the St. Paul School tradition

Since 1904, St. Paul School has been a community landmark. It is firmly entrenched in our history as is St. Paul Church which originated in 1881. Throughout the decades St. Paul School has been a constant in providing a high-quality education in a faith-based environment. Hundreds of its ...

Compromise needed to end the shutdown

Once again, Democratic leaders in Congress have made it plain their chief goal is to attack President Donald Trump, not to deal with illegal immigration. Unless reasonable Democrats retake control of their party, that attitude will continue to block progress. During the weekend, President ...

Looks like winter finally has arrived

It's not going away anytime soon is it? The wintry weather, that is. So much for all the mildness we had late year right into 2019. That little snow icon weather people attach to daily forecasts is firmly embedded from today through at least Tuesday. Single-digit lows were called for today, ...

State should boost funds to save babies

Among new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ninth-worst ...

Gov. DeWine moves to save Lordstown plant

That it was just two days after his gubernatorial inauguration when Mike DeWine made an overnight trek to Detroit in the name of saving the Lordstown General Motors plant speaks volumes about what we can expect from our state’s new CEO. The message he delivered to GM President and CEO Mary ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for those taking advantage of the big storm heads-up forecasts/warnings that were put out a full week ahead of Harper and got prepared. The whole make sure you have enough milk and bread mode. Thorns for those tardy folks who put it off and put if off and then complain when stores run out ...

Defending bigotry is unacceptable

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true or not can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of ...

Johnson suggests shutdown solution

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

Wishing Gov. DeWine the best of good fortune

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his political options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans are resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already. He has appointed one of the ...

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 ...