Opinion

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

New Council member offers thanks To the editor: I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Salem who have entrusted me to take on the position of Councilman at Large. Through this campaign I want to especially thank those who offered their words of motivation, encouragement ...

Need better policy on trophy imports

Editorials

For a few years, it was illegal to import trophies — body parts — from elephants and other animals regarded as endangered. But earlier this year, federal officials loosened the restrictions, insisting that actually may help preserve some species. Killing animals to save them sounds ...

A little parental insight to help

Local Columns

There is no doubt that the drug culture is a public health problem in Columbiana County. Read the newspaper headlines and follow the busts of even prominent people who are involved in the use and distribution of dangerous drugs, here, in Columbiana County. If you, as a parent, still think your ...

Ensure that justice is done in Ohio

Editorials

Earlier this month, Ohio voters handed a lopsided victory to proponents of crime victims’ rights. More than 82 percent of those casting ballots in the Nov. 7 election said yes to Issue 1, the so-called Marsy’s Law. Issue 1 reinforces a variety of rights for crime victims and their ...

Ohio lawmaker on right track with suspensions

Editorials

Ohio State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, has introduced a bill that should receive serious consideration from her colleagues in Columbus. The idea is that public schools would resort to home suspensions only for the worst offenses — bringing a gun to school, for example — rather than ...

Taxpayers, don’t pay to cover for political predators

Editorials

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...

Have a wonderful day of giving thanks

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 ...

Senate tax reform benefits families

Editorials

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Even with technology we struggle to connect

Editorials

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Enough on Salem charter already

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The most recent election has revealed most emphatically the residents of the city do not want now or in the future anything to do with the proposed lookie see into any other form of government that we currently operate under. Perhaps now Dave Nestic and John Buta will let ...

Get ready, for winter is coming

Editorials

We’ve already seen sub-freezing temperatures and a few flurries, so winter weather can’t be far away. Last week was Ohio Winter Safety Awareness Week. Helpfully, the Ohio Department of Insurance has outlined five ways Ohioans can avoid costly setbacks: 1) Review your homeowners and ...

Beware of predators offering help with addiction

Local Columns

It is no secret that access to treatment for substance abuse is not readily available for everyone that needs it.There just isn’t enough available help and if you are dealing with addiction – yourself or someone you love and care about – you may not know where to go or how to find what ...

Will getting rid of Mugabe help?

Editorials

US officials have taken the traditional stance regarding this week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what happened ...

Half a loaf better than none on taxes

Editorials

Keep your eyes on the prize, members of Congress. And remember, politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise. With just days to go before important votes on tax reform packages are planned in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, a major difference of opinion has reared its ...

Trade speech is important reminder

Editorials

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Natural gas lines important, but so is environment

Editorials

Many Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets elsewhere. Without that infrastructure, our gas has limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas are not worth the ...

Killer shouldn’t have had gun under current law

Editorials

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church Sunday might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick Kelley, ...

Are you a problem gambler?

Local Columns

Problem gamblers have a difficult time admitting that they have problems with gambling. Thus, it takes a little time to get them hooked up with the help they need to take back their lives and heal. Sophie works hard to earn her money. She likes to watch her savings increase little by little ...

Lack of health coverage fines unacceptable

Editorials

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

A thank you to all of our vets

Editorials

Since 1919, Americans have been celebrating a very special day on Nov. 11. Today is Veterans Day. It is a day of acknowledgment. It is a day of utmost respect and reverence. It is a day of thanks for those who helped pay the price for freedom. Please appreciate that sentiment. We stress this ...