Opinion

The Lisbon fire could have been much worse

Editorials

It could’ve been much, much worse. An early morning fire Sunday in Lisbon captured headlines throughout all media outlets and, of course, dominated social media too. A historic — anything 208 years old would have to be considered just that — building was gutted. Good fortune was had by ...

ROC invites community to Christmas service

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing on behalf of the ROC of Salem. The ROC is a Christian youth ministry located on South Lundy Avenue in Salem. Our goal is to reach young people with the message of Jesus Christ and get involved in a church youth group. We are not linked to any one particular church. ...

Don’t let the holiday spirit overwhelm you

Editorials

The pace of the holidays is starting to speed up. Some people revel in the spirit of the holidays, humming Christmas songs as they go about the holiday preparations. But those who already are stressed can feel a little overwhelmed at the holidays. The constant hustle and bustle of the ...

Coping with holiday stress

Local Columns

Stress? Did somebody mention stress? Thanksgiving is behind us and one month from today all of the excitement of Christmas will be past as well. Everyone will be thinking about New Year’s Eve. Will you drive to the Big Apple to watch the ball drop at Times Square or stay at home and watch ...

Brown would have some work to do

Editorials

Shortly after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Democrat Sherrod Brown said he may consider running for president in 2020. Brown could be appealing to some Democrats, for two reasons. One is obvious: He isn’t Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden or ...

Consider local options this holiday season

Letters to the Editor

The “official” holiday shopping season is finally here and with it comes many questions and choices. What color sweater should I buy for Grandma? What size slippers does Dad wear? Cash or credit? And do I venture out to enjoy the sounds and sights of the season in stores or do I sit ...

Donations to United Way help with local needs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: At this time of year we all get flooded with requests from charities for donations, and it can be overwhelming to know where your dollars will help the most. This year, please consider our local United Way. Our local United Way is one of 1,300 independent United Ways across ...

Smoke detectors really do save lives

Editorials

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

A heartfelt thanks on this special day

Editorials

There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...

Passing along responsibility of murals

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the past few years, since the inception of my “Murals of Salem” idea and under the auspices of the Salem Preservation Society, my associates and I have produced and hung seven murals. Our first mural, “The Stark Electric Railway Company,” hung on the original ...

$5M not that much for 20 years in prison

Editorials

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

Be cautious on roads as weather turns colder

Editorials

Drivers surprised by icy rain and snow spitting from the skies recently know it is only a matter of time before we are regularly faced with driving conditions that require a different skill set from those warm sunny summer drives. In fact, some counties have already had the de-icing trucks ...

Concerned residents must be given reason to trust

Editorials

A U.S. Department of Justice official says there is no evidence “of any health effects people are suffering” from the Heritage Thermal Services hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool. But some of those at a public meeting where DOJ Senior Counsel Elizabeth Loeb made the comment are ...

Think smart, exercise caution for safety’s sake

Local Columns

What started with an acquaintance who met someone online and invited that individual to her home too quickly turned into a major search about human trafficking. Every day people go missing. Films portray ‘fatal attraction’ arising from moving too fast into a relationship with someone who is ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

State representative candidate clarifies record To the editor: I wish to set the record straight regarding the Journal’s election coverage. In the paper dated Wednesday, Nov. 7, it was reported that I was not available to comment on the election results. I was available that evening, ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses, back rubs and — wink, wink readers — maybe an extra tip for your newspaper carrier. They are already dealing with wintry elements and the sloshing, slipping and sliding that comes with that. On Thanksgiving carriers will be lugging those bulging editions stuffed with Black Friday ...

It takes all of us to combat hate crimes

Editorials

An FBI report released this week indicates U.S. hate crimes spiked 17 percent in 2017 — a rise for the third straight year — with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, the Associated Press reports. There were 7,175 reported hate crimes last year, up from 6,121 in ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Fighting drug abuse with education and rehabilitation To the editor: “Today in the news we report a 10-year-old boy has tragically died after accidentally touching fentanyl, which was left on the floor by his parents.” Yes, this is real. Yes, it happens almost every day inflicting death ...

Delays hurt patients needing marijuana

Editorials

Ohio will miss yet another mark in its march toward the sale of medical marijuana — this one an assurance that sales could begin by the end of November. That is not going to happen. According to Mark Hamlin, of the Ohio Department of Commerce, the two testing labs closest to opening are ...

Do the research before using marijuana to treat opioid addiction

Editorials

Ohio’s “medicinal marijuana” program is just getting off the ground. Already, it is being suggested state officials should add a new health condition to the list of those for which cannabis can be prescribed as a remedy: opioid addiction. There is evidence the active ingredient derived ...