Editorials

Lawmaker must find solutions to poor roads

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...

Lawmakers must find solution to poor roads

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...

OTHER VOICES

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jan. 4 Maybe Cleveland City Council with 17 members representing 388,072 city residents is the ideal size for good constituent service and to represent the diversity of a city of many neighborhoods. Maybe reducing council size to nine would make it less able to ...

Not too late to get your flu shot

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Flu activity began tracking upward in ...

Berlin has been good for our city

Citizens of Salem received some good news the very first week of the new year. Mayor John Berlin said he will seek a third term. Berlin is serving the final year of his second term. The feeling had been that maybe he wouldn't seek another term. But he will with the support of his family. ...

Pros, cons come with new police video bill

New legislation spelling out when Ohio police body camera and cruiser dash camera footage may or may not be released to the public should bring mixed reaction from the public. We do not deny there is a critical need for Ohio law to uniformly clarify the question of when police body camera and ...

Protect yourself from cervical cancer

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2019. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Remembering those who passed in 2018

We were reminded during the second half of this year of the importance of public service, and had the opportunity to look back at a time when governing represented the art of compromise, a period when opinions were valued and decisions were reached only after thought and deliberation. Sadly, ...

Regulating Ohio’s child care providers

Ohio child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the five-star ...

Our New Year message: Don’t Drink and Drive!

The message is one we feel obliged to repeat this time each year. There are some people across our country, across our state and across our own area who will awaken today with a brand new year in the offing. There will be so much promise and anticipation for 2019. These folks will celebrate ...

College football really heating up

It’s the high point of the bowl season, and fans throughout the area will looking forward to several games. Granted, a lot of interest in the bowls was lost on Dec. 2, when members of the College Football Playoff selection committee left Ohio State out of this year’s four-team ...

Rooting out fraud, waste in Columbus

Ohio’s Inspector General’s office has its work cut out for it, after the release of a report on rampant fraud and waste in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. ODRC and Ohio Penal Industries inappropriately authorized creation of programs and gifted some items, costing ...

Think before drinking during holiday season

‘Ts the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. Alcohol will be available at some of those parties. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, enjoy each other’s company and gaze at the holiday lights. One set of ...

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Merry Christmas to kids everywhere who last night tightly squeezed their eyes and strained to hear reindeer footsteps on the rooftop. They finally fell asleep in a bed full of warmth and full of dreams. And Merry Christmas to all of us who wish we could still believe in a Santa Claus. ...

Opportunities are many in our region

It’s been only a few weeks since General Motors made its announcement to not allocate a new vehicle to the Lordstown complex after it halts Chevy Cruze production here in March, and we already are feeling the effects. Last week we learned of just the first trickle of economic setbacks ...

Be careful with pets as gifts

It’s the time of year when trips to area malls and pet supply stores include sightings of wagging tails and furry ears, playful barks and purring. Yes, dogs and cats are a familiar sight this time of the year as shoppers scurry to find last-minute gifts. The canines and felines being ...

Pedestrian safety is always paramount

The National Safety Council warns that we rarely are more vulnerable than when walking in urban areas, crossing busy streets and negotiating traffic. And we all are pedestrians from time to time, so it’s important to pay attention to what is going on around us. Those risks also come when ...

Take in our downtown during the holidays

Those of us of a certain age who grew up in Salem remember — and often pine for — holiday days of yore. This includes a downtown that could've been used as a Rockwellian portrayal of Smalltown, U.S.A. Especially around Christmas time. A Saturday Evening Post cover come to life. We remember ...

Medicaid cost? Ohio can look toward West Virginia

In 2017, West Virginia was faced with growing Medicaid costs — particularly when it came to prescription drugs. So state government cut out the middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers, and turned to a streamlined system that utilizes West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy to recommend ...

Kasich should veto piggybacked raises

Ohioans upset about the swamp that is the federal government may want to clean up Columbus before moving on to Washington. There’s a stink at the Ohio Statehouse, too. Last week, both houses of the General Assembly approved a bill with the ostensible purpose of increasing death benefits for ...