Opinion

Time for Ryan to turn his attention back to Congress

Editorials

The presidential bid being carried out by Trumbull County’s own Tim Ryan for the last few months has generated quite a buzz locally. Since traveling to New York City to announce his bid in April on national television, the longtime congressman now has appeared on stage in two national ...

Voter rolls must be kept up to date

Editorials

Ohio’s Secretary of State’s office has received 20 requests so far for its list of those whose voter registrations will be subject to a purge of the rolls in September. That is a good thing, but Frank LaRose’s office is hoping for more requests. Access to the list of names will give ...

States must maintain control of local elections

Editorials

U.S. senators last week were told the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report on Russian ...

Congress should move to save miners’ pensions

Editorials

Retired coal miners and their families receive little enough from the pension program they and their companies supported for many years. Taking even that away as a result of government action ought to be viewed as unacceptable. Yet unless Congress acts, which many lawmakers have been ...

Release all records from the drug crisis

Editorials

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Combating mental illness and substance abuse

Local Columns

The more you learn about substance misuse, the better your understanding of why people begin to misuse substances in the first place. Sometimes substance abuse brings to light mental illness a person may not have realized he or she had. Having two mental illnesses, known as co-morbidity, ...

Fairs are a wonderful part of our heritage

Editorials

There's no glitz, glamour or full scale high-tech wizardry used to awe which seems to be needed — or felt it is needed — in this day and age of providing entertainment. There are no fancy 21st century version whistles, horns or gimmicks involved. No, the summer fairs in our area like the ...

Thanks to those sponsoring Salem fireworks show

Editorials

To the editor: As Mayor of the City of Salem, I want to thank the following citizens and organizations for their generous support and sponsorship, and for once again making this year’s fireworks display possible. It is important to remember that no tax dollars are spent to purchase ...

Hate crimes must never be tolerated

Editorials

True hate crimes are not as common as some would have us believe — but when they do occur, swift, severe punishment ought to be meted out. Last week, a federal judge in Cincinnati sentenced Izmir Koch, 34, to 2 1/2 years in prison because he lied to the FBI and violated the federal hate ...

State tax breaks will benefit small business

Editorials

Expect ultra-liberal politicians and special interest groups in Ohio to label the tax breaks just signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine as something for “the rich.” But it isn’t, as residents most in need of relief will learn. Part of the two-year, $69 billion state budget, the changes ...

New obstacles to solving the drug crisis exposed

Editorials

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it must be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Man’s work proves good still does exist

Editorials

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other ...

Second hand alcohol studied

Local Columns

Secondhand alcohol? How can that be? Secondhand effects of alcohol are the negative experiences directly resulting from someone else’s drinking, things like being insulted or humiliated by the drinker, a serious argument or quarrel, being pushed, hit or otherwise assaulted, sexual assault ...

Fifty years later, walk on the moon still inspirational

Local Columns

50 years ago, one of Ohio's greatest sons, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to walk on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, the world watched in awe as grainy footage beamed in from the lunar surface 289,000 miles away to millions of TV screens around the globe. As a 13-year-old, I will never ...

Call for proof before making accusations

Editorials

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While he was vice president, Joe Biden had called for more research into ...

Ensure hospitals don’t do more harm

Editorials

Officials at Mount Carmel Health System near Columbus appear to be working hard to correct the problems that made possible the deaths of at least 25 people due to excessive doses of painkillers, for which only one person — William Husel — is facing charges. At least 23 other employees ...

Ensure Ohio schools work

Editorials

Giving local officials as much control as possible over public schools normally is the best policy. Education bureaucrats in state capitals simply are not familiar enough with local needs to handle the job well. But what if local officials are doing a terrible job? Is it fair to children to ...

Victims, Americans deserve some answers

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Aid rural Ohio school districts

Editorials

Among disagreements holding up adoption of a two-year budget for Ohio state government is one that could affect public schools in our area. Legislators were to have submitted a new budget proposal to Gov. Mike DeWine by June 30. When that deadline could not be met, an interim spending plan to ...

Availability: Drug abuse thriving in Appalachia

Local Columns

“Heroin and opioids contributed to ‘significant increase’ of workplace overdose deaths: NIOSH.” “Working Toward Recovery: Ohio Town Fights Addiction With Focus on Economy” “The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.” “Drug Abuse ...