Opinion

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for the Salem Regional Medical Center. One of the biggest gems in our entire region continues to be such a critical component of our landscape. Last week, SRMC unveiled its $6.3 million expanded Endoscopy Unit. It is state-of-the-art and doubles the size of the unit. Besides offering a ...

Madness marches

Local Columns

I will be the first to defend one’s right to protest.  The First Amendment protects our ability to speak freely and assemble.  Yet, there seems to be a problem with the First Amendment that the Framers failed to address. It doesn’t protect the speaker from making a total fool of ...

Don’t be super stupid on Super Bowl Sunday

Editorials

As the story goes, in 1966 to promote the newly-created championship game between the venerable NFL and upstart AFL, Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt coined the phrase “Super Bowl” — remembering his children playing with a Super Ball toy. Yeah, those things from Wham-O that drove our ...

Today is ‘Unite on National Red Day’

Editorials

You may notice a predominance of the color red today. That is because today is "Unite on National Wear Red Day." It is sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA), aimed at bringing awareness regarding heart disease and strokes in women. Everyone is encouraged to "Go Red" ...

Keeping the state budget balanced

Editorials

The budget proposal unveiled by Gov. John Kasich Monday is a balancing act. Yes, that is required, because the state must have a balanced budget. That’s an equilibrium the governor attempts to seek with a combination of tax increases — and expansions — and cuts in spending. But ...

Travel ban welcome if poorly implemented

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

TPP trade deal wasn’t good for Americans

Editorials

Tmong the first actions President Donald Trump took Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s death ...

Stop blocking the gas pipelines

Editorials

Among the headlines President Donald Trump made this week was one citing his executive order to clear obstacles standing in the way of the proposed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. That is a good start, many local residents may have reacted. Now, let’s move on to accelerating ...

Suggestions for breaking bad habits

Local Columns

Do you think everyone has a bad habit or two, some much worse than others? Probably so. Bad habits provide short term pleasure and are a challenge to lose. You have to be aware of the offending habits so you can conscientiously work at replacing them with good habits. A bad habit is a pattern ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses and best of luck to city council's latest member. Replacing Dave Nestic who did a wonderful job is Christine Mancuso. She was chosen during a 3-2-1 council vote Tuesday. Her application material was initially submitted after a Jan. 6 deadline. However, Council President Bret Apple later ...

Get the new EPA leaders in office

Editorials

Several of President Donald Trump’s key nominees have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Even a few about whom partisan bickering was strident have been approved. But Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, continues to cool his ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The country has an epidemic of drug abuse nationwide. Many people are trying to promote care, help trying to stop the deaths, the destruction of lives, how to help and educate people to get off drugs. Yet Judge Washam is punishing, filling the jails, not doing one ...

Infrastructure projects must be shovel ready

Editorials

Some liberals already are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they add. So, ...

Actually prevent sexual violence

Editorials

Ohio’s Department of Higher Education has been keeping track of sexual-violence prevention efforts at institutions of higher education, through its Changing Campus Culture initiative. Last week, the agency released the good news that there have been significant improvements in those ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to all backing the Arby’s Car Cruise and Salem Super Cruise To the editor: We would like to say “thank you” to all the businesses in the area that supported our Arby’s Car Cruise and city of Salem Super Cruise 2016 season, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to 11 food ...

Demonstrations sign of healthy democracy

Editorials

Throughout the nation, millions of people in dozens of cities took to the streets Friday and Saturday, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. A few hundred — out of a nation of 325 million —engaged in violent confrontations with police. It matters not ...

Traitor Manning doesn’t deserve to be set free

Editorials

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

You promised, Mr. President

Editorials

Congratulations are in order, President Trump. You have become the leader of our nation — all of us — primed to pursue a revolution in how we govern ourselves. Your inaugural speech on Friday was excellent. You reminded those who voted for you of why they did so in proclaiming that, “We ...

Drug of choice could end up a deadly mix

Local Columns

Do you depend on a drug of your choice? Do you know what’s in your drug of choice? Do you think you can trust your dealer to be concerned about you – to care about you beyond your fistful of dollars? Richard Taite writes at psychologytoday.com, “Many drug cartels dilute their products ...