Opinion

GUEST COLUMN….The country isn’t any safer now with GOP

Editorials

You remember their battle cry? "Just give us control of the United States Senate and we'll show you how to govern effectively and stop Obama."So said Congressional Republicans and their candidates during last fall's midterm elections. So you did. Republicans won control of both the House of ...

Bigotry affects the young, too

Editorials

Just days ago, Americans had reason to celebrate the virtual destruction of institutionalized racism in our country. The occasion was commemoration of the historic "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march in Selma, Ala., 50 years ago.But now, with stories about the civil rights movement still being ...

Bigotry affects the young, too

Editorials

Just days ago, Americans had reason to celebrate the virtual destruction of institutionalized racism in our country. The occasion was commemoration of the historic "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march in Selma, Ala., 50 years ago.But now, with stories about the civil rights movement still being ...

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Letters to the Editor

Medicaid helps citizens of our areaTo the editor:Medicaid helps Ohio. And it helps the Mahoning Valley too.That is the message the Ohio General Assembly should deliver this year. We urge legislators to maintain full Medicaid funding in Ohio in the FY 2016-17 state budget. These are dollars that ...

Carefully scripted Hillary knocked out of comfort zone

Letters to the Editor

Republican Congress will bring sufferingTo the editor:I wanted to shine a light on the thoughts of Sister DiMatteo of Youngstown, who put it best when referring to our Republican Congress in Washington D.C. This is how she visualizes it without a Democratic balance:Women will suffer.Education ...

Conundrum of corporation and nation

Letters to the Editor

The U.S. economy is picking up steam, but most Americans aren't feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well.What's behind this? Two big facts.First, American corporations exert far more political influence in the United ...

Giving foster kids longer makes sense

Editorials

Each year, about 1,100 young men and women "age out" of Ohio's foster care program when they reach their 18th birthdays.By 19, more than one-third of them are in jail or prison. More than half have not earned their high school diplomas. And, ironically because these once were boys and girls who ...

Charters must be held accountable

Editorials

Michael Froman received from a Harvard Law School classmate, Barack Obama, a job that validates the axiom that the unlikelihood of any negotiation reaching agreement grows by the square of the number of parties involved. In trade negotiations, even one's own country is troublesome, as the ...

Netanyahu offers stark Iran warning

Editorials

Reaction by President Barack Obama and some other liberals to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warning about Iran's weapons buildup was curious, to say the least.In a speech last Tuesday to a joint session of Congress, Netanyahu warned negotiations aimed at preventing Iran from ...

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Letters to the Editor

Upset with pending parking ban in SalemTo the editor:Good morning. My name is Karen Cope. It has come to my attention that starting April 1, 2015, no parking will be permitted on Columbia Street north side of the street closest to the post office.My daughter, age 32, is disabled and just moved ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for the Salem High School cheerleaders. The talented and hard-working squad finished second during recent state competition at The Ohio State University. The group includes coaches Athena Spinell and Chelsey Knoch and cheerleaders McKayla Adkins, Samantha Calhoun, Anna Cyphert, Sadie ...

Keystone XL opposition pure Obama politics

Editorials

President Barack Obama can provide no scientifically based specific reason for vetoing a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline - but he has killed the measure anyway.It is not that Obama has not used the full power of the federal government in an attempt to justify his ...

School districts see casino cash as simple bonus

Editorials

Officials in Ohio school districts have wisely ignored the promise of money growing on trees once casinos were allowed in the state. As we are now learning, projections of revenue made before casinos were legalized were unrealistic."In retrospect, we were guessing," said Mike Sobul, director of ...

Recognize threat of Iranian buildup

Editorials

Americans can never share the same fear Israelis have of a nuclear-armed Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made that clear during a speech Monday in Washington."American leaders worry about the security of their country. Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their ...

Kind words for Boy Scout Troop #3

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Friends and I want to thank Boy Scout Troop #3 for the Winter Survival 101 program held on Feb. 21.The refreshments and gift of hand warmers were a welcome prelude to the hike along the nature trail at Waterworth Park.The snow continued to fall as we gathered around each station ...

Bargain may not be much of deal if you’re not satisfied

Editorials

Before you know it we'll be turning our attention to those springtime fix up projects. It is March, after all.But a word to the wise: Don't jump into a big project with a contractor before you do a little investigative work. A few simple steps can save you money and avoid a major headache down ...

Resetting postal standards to 2012

Editorials

Reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with changes made by the U.S.?Postal Service during the past few years, U.S. Rep. David McKinley has gained impressive, bipartisan support for a resolution to stop the decline in mail service.McKinley, R-W.Va., is sponsoring a House resolution intended to ...

Compassion: Helping each other through grief

Local Columns

Marnie was 9 when her great-grandmother died on a late-August afternoon. They had been very close. A great aunt came to her with a gift from Great Grandma Alice. Inside the box was a beautiful, cloth-bodied doll for the child to hold onto, a connection between the two, a comfort.When she was ...

GUEST COLUMN…. Ohio 2020: planning for our success

Editorials

Since I've been given the chance to represent Columbiana County in the Ohio House, I think it is very important that we as state legislators take care to prepare Ohio for the future.By focusing on policy that can build our state a strong foundation for continued growth, we ensure that future ...

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Council member appreciates DTF, Salem PoliceTo the editor:My sincere thanks, to the Columbiana County Drug Task Force and the Salem Police Department. I appreciate their diligent effort to eliminate drugs in Columbiana County. I'm proud to say Salem has a full-time member.One morning last ...