Opinion

Are you a workaholic?

Local Columns

Are you a workaholic? When her father works every hour he possibly can, Maggie’s mother says he does it so he doesn’t have to be at home, interacting with the family. But Maggie thinks maybe he’s a hard-working man because that’s what it takes for him to provide for his family. What ...

Another failure not an option

Editorials

“It was a promising experiment that failed in the implementation.” That was Ohio State University spokesman Chris Davey’s assessment in an email to The Columbus Dispatch as he explained why OSU was shutting down its Sexual Civility and Empowerment program and firing four of its ...

Habitat for Humanity builds homes, hope for area families

Editorials

During a groundbreaking Tuesday for a Habitat for Humanity (HFHMV) home to be built in Salem, delighted 8-year-old Marie Hays exclaimed that she will now have her very own room. That gratitude from a youngster is a kind of simple reward for all the hard work that so many put into such ...

Relationship with Putin is important

Editorials

President Donald Trump is being criticized roundly by some for his plan to meet personally with Russian leader Vladimir Putin this summer. That may occur next month. Since even before the 2016 election, conspiracy theories about Trump and Putin abounded. There were claims the Russian leader ...

Did agents’ bias let Clinton escape?

Editorials

Among the more intriguing and disturbing bits of information uncovered by the Justice Department inspector general looking into questions about political bias was a revelation — to the public, at least — regarding an FBI attorney. Much of the attention focused on the IG’s report has ...

Keep pedophiles out of our schools

Editorials

A report datelined Chicago and making national headlines would be upsetting by itself. But the fact it is merely a new twist on an old story needs to be kept in mind. Roman Catholic Church officials are frequent targets of criticism for a substantial number of cases in which little or no ...

FBI actions more than just ethics problem

Editorials

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Opioid misuse and pregnancy

Local Columns

As families continue to struggle over opioid misuse by loved ones, there is another pertinent fact that may have been overlooked by the public at large: Opioid misuse by women who are pregnant. Critical judgments may make you feel like you’re getting your point across, but are those remarks ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for those helping children impacted by the ICE raid. This includes each and every person: church folks, teachers, social group members and neighbors. Which isn't surprising given the caring and generous nature shown repeatedly throughout the years by our community's good people. No child ...

Looking under the veil of Social Security

Local Columns

I have recently been involved in a couple conversations that made me realize the level of understanding about Social Security is alarmingly lacking. One of the major misconceptions is that the government has a stash of cash with your name on it, waiting for you to retire and extract monthly ...

Kids of illegals not a simple puzzle to solve

Editorials

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Commends State Rep Ginter for work on House Bill 231

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you to State Representative Tim Ginter for his work on House Bill 231, which encourages the distribution of lockable pill vials for highly addictive narcotics like oxycodone, hydrocodone and vicodin. I can tell you as his joint sponsor, that Representative Ginterás ...

Look closely for abuse at all colleges

Editorials

University officials everywhere ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Dr. Larry Nasser, who for years worked with both Olympic and MSU athletes, has begun serving a ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Unhappy with the shape of railroad crossing To the editor: The railroad crossing on South Lincoln is in terrible shape and there is no apparent action taken by either Perry Township trustees or the mayor’s office of Salem. I have talked to officials of both entities and they either ...

Drinking water report must be made public

Editorials

The truth never hurt anyone, even if it was the cause of much distress. Knowing about threats to our safety and health is crucial to doing something about them, after all. Why, then, is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sitting on a report regarding what levels of certain ...

Immigration could be a fair compromise

Editorials

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as this week. House ...

Compassion not guided by politics

Editorials

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Do you need to ask the question?

Local Columns

One of the most difficult things you will ever do is ask a friend, a loved one, your life partner, “Are you considering suicide?” You think he or she might be. She seems distant, isolated, brooding, but you have no idea why. He won’t talk about whatever is bothering him. There is ...

Prison staffing challenges grow

Editorials

Ohio’s prison system is facing personnel concerns. Employees filling the three shifts in the Buckeye State’s 27 prisons racked up $61.7 million in overtime last year alone. Inmate transfers, illnesses, vacations and of course staff shortages have meant that while prison system employees are ...

Bill’s passage should send TJX a message

Editorials

Last week’s move by state legislators to pass a bill by near unanimous vote to guarantee swift action on plans for a retail distribution center in Lordstown should help send yet another message of support to the retail giant contemplating the move to our neighbors north of us. The ...