Editorials

Still waiting for false school data answers

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

Staffers missed chance to show collegiality

If you saw any video from the Congressional Baseball Game last week, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize collegiality ...

Both sides win with end to gerrymandering

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...

Health care law action is essential

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law this week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Integrity in Ohio schools is of utmost importance

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

More whiffs for the scrambling Democrats

For those keeping score at home, the Democrats whiffed again. Oh-for-four. That is the number of special elections held recently in which — try as they might — Democrats failed to dislodge a Republican. Following unsuccessful attempts in recent special elections in Montana and Kansas, ...

Hyperbole no way to end political violence

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. Even Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, convicted last week of assaulting a reporter, is calling for more civility. But some of the very people ...

U.S. should consider global impact of unrest

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as much ...

Ensure probe is fair

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find ...

We must stop all the hysteria over politics

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

VA problems lies with staff not equipment

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

All Americans should commemorate Flag Day

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 ...

Judges must obey Appeals Courts

The law is the law, except, apparently, in one Ohio judge’s courtroom. State court officials need to look into his attitude and determine whether it is appropriate to keep him on the bench. In 1999, police arrested Frank Davis at his home in Springfield, Ohio. Three pounds of cocaine were ...

Time to tighten net against terrorists?

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of the attackers. ...

Twisting truth on Russia hack probe

Some members of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made it clear last Wednesday they are less interested in learning the truth than in political theater. Members of the panel spent much of the day questioning witnesses regarding a probe of the Russian government’s attempts to influence ...

Roses&Thorns

Thorns for the bad news regarding Quaker Mfg. A letter distributed to 115 employees this past week indicated that the long-standing Salem industrial plant could be closing. Accent on could. So let's keep some hope. Perhaps another local owner can be found to keep the facility operating. We ...

Poor treatment of veterans need fixed

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs of those who honorably served our country? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for ...

Make elections fairer for Ohio

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...

Revved up for the 12th Super Cruise

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 next several days. The forecast looks pretty darn good for weather and fun. Hundreds of people will pour into our downtown and our ...

Drug crackdown may have been too effective

Buckeye State residents should, perhaps, take some pride in knowing the American Medical Association calls Ohio the top state in the country, in terms of monitoring prescription drugs. The Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, established in 2006, has processed more than 24 ...