Opinion

A little compassion goes a long way

Local Columns

The tongue is a double-edged sword. Gossip is hurtful, and its cousin, Stigma, is, too. And both are disrespectful. Everyone is subject to their moments. Humans err. But we can make things better, too. For eons, mothers have taught their children, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t ...

End the hysteria by Trump’s critics

Editorials

It is one thing to disagree with a president’s policies or to dislike his personality. It is quite another to engage in the hysteria — and that is the appropriate word — that some have directed against President Donald Trump. Led by some entertainers and politicians, a few critics of ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Writer asks: Will Salem become a marijuana sanctuary city? To the editor: There are reasons why the County Sheriff, the Salem Chief of Police, the leading drug addiction authority in the county and one of Salem’s leading physicians have all publically expressed their strong opposition ...

Use full force of the law in fight against opioid sales

Editorials

When people die from opioid overdoses, it is often classified as an “accident.” But why not call it what it is, a “homicide” at the hands of the traffickers? Overdose locations where a victim has died always should be considered a crime scene and it should be investigated as ...

Future is bright for 2007 graduates

Editorials

We have this message for each and every one of our graduates of the class of 2017: Remain strong and true to your home and your family, but at the same time, never be afraid to take a chance at new opportunities, no matter where they may be. When a door opens, don’t hesitate. Be gracious ...

‘Back-channel’ links long accepted, valued

Editorials

It is a measure of how topsy-turvy politics has become that a technique some believe averted nuclear war in 1962 now is being condemned. That is, in a word, crazy. The newest controversy involving President Donald Trump revolves around his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Critics say that before ...

Leaks of intel info can be a real threat

Editorials

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. Americans ...

The very least we can do is remember the sacrifices

Editorials

"Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Fading light, dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. Thanks and praise, for our days, 'Neath the sun, 'neath the ...

Veterans leave part of them behind

Local Columns

“I left my soul in Iraq,” she said. “I’ve seen things no woman should ever see.” She is a military veteran with several tours of duty spent in the Middle East. Despite the PTSD and other issues she has endured, she has no regrets and would do it again. There has been a cost for her ...

USPS and Postal Union food drive a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Saturday, May 13, the USPS and all Postal Unions conducted the Annual Food Drive. This is a national event and it was our 25th year of collecting canned goods and non-perishable foods to be stored in each community’s local pantries. This year both First Friends and ...

Some limits on visas needed

Editorials

Even as the courts persist in admonishing President Donald Trump’s administration for attempts to restrict people from selected countries from coming to the United States, it becomes clearer some sort of limits are essential to our security. On Thursday, a federal appeals court in ...

Cut spending on pet projects for Congress

Editorials

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from Ohio are already are ...

Once again, N.Korea wants gifts before talks

Editorials

North Korean officials have done the predictable. They are insisting that before there can be any talk of reining in their nuclear weapons and missile development programs, the regime must be granted new concessions by the United States and other countries. Specifically, Pyongyang wants a ...

Poor, disabled big losers in Trump budget; military wins

Editorials

USrelations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. One of ...

Making US position clear to Saudi princes

Editorials

There can be no doubt Saudia Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Voters deserve full probe of Russian ties

Editorials

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Local Columns

There are some discouraging days in everyone’s life. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is sitting right there on your shoulders and there isn’t one thing you can do about it. You don’t have the energy to pick yourself up, the stamina to keep yourself going, the determination to turn ...

What drives boy, 8, to kill himself?

Editorials

The thought of an 8-year-old child committing suicide is so awful most people probably do not want to even think about it. But it happened earlier this year in Cincinnati, and the circumstances dictate that we do think about it. On Jan. 26, little Gabriel Taye went to the bathroom in his home ...

Bill demands excellence in our educators

Editorials

An Ohio General Assembly proposal — House Bill 66 — is being labeled “an attack on faculty” by critics such as John McNay, president of the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a history professor at the University of Cincinnati, who hope to keep tenured ...

Don’t let greedy coal executives off hook

Editorials

Consider the source, Mr. President. Then just say no. That may be the best advice President Donald Trump could get regarding a letter sent to him by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Blankenship spent a year in prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate federal mine safety ...