Opinion

Obamacare must go, but GOP must offer honest replacement

Editorials

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earned fame for dismissing concerns about Obamacare in 2010 by advising that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” At the time, Pelosi was speaker of the House and passing the Affordable ...

‘Waters’ rules action a big help for farmers

Editorials

President Trump, with little national fanfare, has laid to rest what was considered an overreach by landowners nationwide by beginning to scrap the so-called “Waters of the United States” rules of the Obama administration. The rules were touted by environmentalists as protection of ...

When gambling becomes a problem

Local Columns

Is buying a lottery ticket every week gambling? Lottery tickets are gambling. What makes it a problem is when you aren’t winning so you spend more and more money trying to win back what you’ve lost. It’s a problem when you don’t have money to pay the rent or house payment, the utility ...

Recognizing March as Red Cross Month

Editorials

March is known universally as the "in like a lion, out like a lamb" month. We can certainly attest to that given our recent fluctuating weather. So, did you really think it was time to put away the snow shovel? But catchy turn of words and weather aside, this month is recognized throughout our ...

Ryan’s decision is a missed opportunity

Editorials

Almost as sure as Halley’s comet and cicadas will reappear on schedule, northeast Ohioans can rely on Congressman Timothy J. Ryan considering — and then declining — a run for statewide office. The Democratic congressman from Howland disappointed state Democrats when he announced last ...

Helping Habitat for Humanity help even more Ohioans

Local Columns

I’m a strong supporter of the work that Habitat for Humanity and their 55 affiliates do across Ohio. Habitat provides about 5,000 homeownership opportunities to low-income American families every year, and, in total, have built about 4,000 homes in Ohio. I’ve volunteered with Habitat for ...

New police reporting can boost public trust

Editorials

“Oh, joy! More paperwork!” Put that on your list of comments least likely to be heard from anyone in law enforcement. A new type of report being sought from police and sheriff’s departments in Ohio is important, however. Law enforcement agencies in Ohio should begin collecting and ...

Taming elephant in Obamacare’s room

Editorials

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

Trump offers design for Obamacare repeal

Editorials

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his Tuesday speech to Congress as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them ...

Cognitive decline: When to give up the car keys

Local Columns

Melba and Reggie got into the car. She was driving today. They chatted as they started out on their shopping trip. She sped up the ramp to the freeway, gaining speed as they went. Reggie spoke up. “I don’t suppose I should tell you …” He hesitated. “Tell me what?” she ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Thorns to the police situation in Leetonia. Longtime chief John Soldano left in October 2015. His departure was sudden. Many feel he was run out of town. In stepped Sgt. Rick Dattilio. He was the acting chief post-Soldano for seven months before getting passed over for the top position by an ...

Reviews reveal need to clean up voter rolls

Editorials

It isn’t the massive vote fraud President Donald Trump insists occurred in the presidential election last fall, but problems identified by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted are serious. Husted has had people in his office checking the state’s Registered Voter Database, as he has done ...

Time to put aside rancor in politics

Editorials

Within minutes of the end of President Donald Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night, it was pointed out that what he said was important — but how he said it was critical. Trump covered a spectrum of issues, ranging from infrastructure to immigration. On some topics, he elaborated his ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Urging support of libraries facing budget cuts To the editor: When Gov. John Kasich rolled out his new two-year state budget last month, he talked about leveraging the strength of Ohio’s public libraries, turning them into “continuous learning centers.” Kasich’s budget also cuts ...

A healthy heart is just steps away

Editorials

American Heart Month, observed in February, is a good reminder to start living a healthier lifestyle. And not just for that particular month during a given year. The grim fact is heart disease is still the No. 1 cause of death in America. Statistics still show that more than 715,000 people ...

Why doesn’t Europe pay more for NATO?

Editorials

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

McMaster great pick for security adviser

Editorials

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Eating Disorders 2: Coping with challenges

Local Columns

Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, advises the National Institute of Mental Health. Having an eating disorder often goes hand-in-hand with some other problem, such as anxiety disorders, depression or substance abuse. Perfectionism and frail self-esteem are struggles. A strong support ...

Teen dating violence escalates around nation

Local Columns

LISBON — February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. Did you know that dating violence is a teen issue? Every year, 1.5 million high school students across the US experience some form of dating violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend. Women between the ages of ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses to unheralded and unsolicited acts of community service, with special thanks and recognition to the Whitehill family of Salem for leading by example. A family walk along the section of East Pershing Street behind Giant Eagle led the foursome to make a biweekly effort to clean up trash ...