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GUEST COLUMN: Overcoming the blight of vacant properties

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In many impoverished neighborhoods, vacant homes can play a detrimental role in preventing the community from overcoming the cycle of poverty.Perpetually vacant homes create an environment of continuous negative effects, which can be solved by allowing the homes to be reoccupied quicker. The ...

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Letters to the Editor

Citizens encouraged to support K-9 UnitTo the editor:At the last Salem City Council meeting, it was announced that a request had been made to the Salem Community Foundation to establish a new fund which would be able to receive donations expressly for all costs associated with a Salem K-9 Unit. ...

Have a wonderful and very merry Christmas

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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.Merry ...

Drug terrorists in cities killing our children

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The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Dec. 21In theory, making convicted criminals pay to stay in jail seems like a fine way to teach them a lesson...But such a policy can also ironically fuel recidivism by shackling poor inmates with so much debt that they fall deeper into poverty and into ...

Strike down tryanny of environmental rules

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It sometimes is possible to fight city hall. But the federal government? Forget it, especially when outrageous environmental rules are involved.A Minnesota company had hoped to conduct mining operations in a peat bog, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said no. The area is off-limits because ...

Ohio must boost high school graduation rate

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For some young people, a college degree is not a necessity. Many good, well-paying jobs can be found without one - though clearly, a B.S. or B.A. after one's name provides an advantage.There is no debate about the critical importance of graduating from high school, however. Without at least ...

Ohio’s charter school oversight must be tight

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One could hardly blame federal officials for deciding to keep their $71 million. Virtually every look at charter schools in Ohio, the intended recipients of the money, reveals more shoddy oversight, after all.Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education announced it would be giving Ohio ...

Some words from the FRC director

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you. It is that time of year when I take the helm of this column to personally wish each and every one of you a very special holiday season. It is also my time to say "thank you" for all of your support shown the Family Recovery Center and its staff ...

Debates offered insight

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If their handlers are coaching the remaining main-table field of Republican debaters for president to avoid screwing up, then the Las Vegas CNN debate Tuesday night was pretty much a success.Every candidate had some moments of lucidity and logic, given that the topic was something on the mind ...

Demand more details on climate change deal

Editorials

It probably will require weeks of examining and analyzing the Paris climate change agreement for Americans to understand fully what it means to us.At first glance, however, the pact appears to set the groundwork for devastating our economy even as we help "developing" countries build up ...

State officials crack down on tax fraud

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Ohioans filing state income tax returns may have to jump through a few additional hoops next year. They can thank scammers for the added aggravation.State officials have said at least some people requesting tax refunds may have to answer more questions than usual - to prove they are who they ...

Nuts and all, shopping is big part of Christmas

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"It's going to be nuts!" That was the succinct, declarative observation of someone planning to shop this weekend. The Christmas shopping countdown is down to eight days. Crunch time is looming. The final weekend before the big day is nearly here. Decent weather should accommodate holiday ...

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To the editor:I am aghast at Donald Trump's latest call to ban Muslims from the United States on top of his desire to register Muslims who are here already.This is America, not Germany under the Third Reich. The honored World War II veterans, so many of whom have passed on now, fought to defeat ...

‘Zero tolerance’ equals no common sense

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Last year, a 10-year-old boy was suspended from school in Columbus for pointing his finger - school officials explained it was a "lookalike firearm" - at another student. Several years ago, an Ohio second grader was suspended for drawing a picture of a gun, then cutting it out.That's just plain ...

Trump’s simple idea just that — simple

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Criticism of presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is absolutely right on ethical grounds. As Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put it, "it's not what this country stands for."But Trump's idea is bad for another reason: It wouldn't ...

GOP offers reasonable bill on guns, extremists

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Most people would agree terrorists should not be permitted to buy guns. But what about "suspected violent extremists"?In both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last week, Democrats pushed for a bill that would, in the The Associated Press' words, "prevent suspected violent extremists ...

Happiness: Found inside

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By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELDFamily Recovery Center publicistThere was an older woman who decided she had tolerated enough abuse from her husband of nearly 50 years. She said to her friends, "I would rather live out the rest of my life on welfare than with that man. All I need is my friends, my ...

Start Talking! initiative takes off in Ohio

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By Patricia RossAdministrative Assistant,Columbiana County MHRS BoardLISBON - Under the leadership of Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich, the Start Talking! initiative was developed to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to hold conversations ...

GUEST COLUMN: A challenge for Americans to volunteer

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As Christmas approaches, I've been reflecting on all of the blessings I've received. As someone who grew up in a small farm house without indoor plumbing, I am grateful that I actually lived the American Dream.Today, the world is a very different place than on that small mule farm - the deadly ...

Ohio may act to cut jobless pay expense

Editorials

While presidents and Congresses for many years have refused to deal with entitlement reform, states have no choice. Deficit spending is off-limits for them, so they must find ways to curb growth in government spending.Ohio may be about to become a leader in that regard.Buckeye State taxpayers ...