Editorials

Democrats should clean up their memo

Democrats leaped quickly at President Donald Trump’s decision not to permit release of their document regarding use by the FBI and Department of Justice of the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The president “doesn’t want the public to see the underlying facts,” ...

Local workers, buyers all part of GM success

General Motors experienced yet another successful year, due in large part to the contributions of the hardworking labor force, including those at the Lordstown plants here. As a result, all members of the United Auto Workers nationwide will enjoy profit-sharing that could reach as high as ...

Bobcats stage comeback: 4 sightings in county last year

SALEM — Bobcats are making a comeback after being on the threatened species list, according to the Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources. In 2017 there were four verified bobcat sightings in Columbiana County, the northern-most point adjacent to the Pennsylvania state line where they ...

Help feed the Food Pantry on Tuesday

We often utilize this editorial positioning to promote good deeds and worthwhile causes. We think it is important to provide exposure because the community as a whole benefits. For those making dinner plans, here is a good cause you can really sink your teeth into. Fat Tuesday will be held ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses, hugs and boxes of chocolates — non-fattening, of course — for all the Valentine's Day sweethearts. Especially the longtime elderly sweethearts. How about the proud little kids who will be utterly beaming when they give mom and dad Valentine's cards "crafted" in their grade school ...

State should get its ECOT money back

Ohio education officials say they have “other options” for recovering the $80 million owed to the state by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, now that the online charter school has shut down. For months, the state Department of Education had been deducting money from state funding for ...

Snakes on a plane for emotional support?

WASHINGTON — When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America's ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel. You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so ...

Trump clearly on side of ‘Dreamers’

Liberals have wasted no opportunity to accuse President Donald Trump of wanting to deport hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in the “dreamer” category. They are people who came here as children; many know no other life than that in America. One wonders what the president has to ...

Criteria used for federal warrants needs a review

When both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last month, many lawmakers had their reservations. The House vote was 256-164. In the Senate, the tally was 65-34. Perhaps members of both houses should demand a “redo.” A short ...

Ohio must shore up unemployment fund

It is fortunate the unemployment rate in Ohio is relatively low. Otherwise, the day when it is expected the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund could go belly-up would be nearer than it is. Ohio’s economy in general is doing relatively well these days, with unemployment at 4.7 ...

Randy J. Narehood

LISBON — Randy J. Narehood, 53, died Sunday afternoon at Salem Regional Medical Center following a short illness. Born Aug. 28, 1964 in Canton, he was a son of Shirley Gardner and the late Robert D. Narehood. He worked as a handyman and at Giant Eagle. Survivors include his mother of ...

Trump right: Closing Gitmo terrible idea

Though former President Barack Obama pledged in 2009 to close the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he was never able to accomplish it. Why? Because he could not propose an acceptable alternative site where terrorists could be held securely, without threat to the ...

Dems slap Trump’s extended hand away

I t is unusual to see the extended hand of friendship slapped away before it is even offered — except in Washington. There, Democrat leaders rejected President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech attempt at conciliation before Trump began speaking. Hours before the president’s ...

Someone, somewhere will die today

Well, it's here: America's biggest unofficial official holiday — Super Bowl Sunday. Some fans — even those not betting on the game — will be transfixed watching the game. It's almost like a law or a civic duty for Americans to watch the game. Even if you hate the Patriots and/or the ...

Infrastructure does matter to all of us

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We ...

Easing burdensome federal regulations

Much of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

Rules once considered radical now the norm

In the age of polarized politics and government shutdowns, an old playbook has been dusted off and is now embraced by all sides of the political spectrum. In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote the book “Rules for Radicals,” a guidebook for grass roots organizations to get the better of government ...

States join battle to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An interstate partnership has been established to help cover costs of operating a system proposed for a Chicago-area waterway that would help keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday. The initiative would support ...

Obamacare still blocks affordable coverage

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. Well, what if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare ...

Trump takes trade case to Davos summit

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...