Opinion

Election results a big win for women

Editorials

One of the post-election headlines this past week is one that we think everyone in the nation should be celebrating: a historic number of women were elected to the Congress last Tuesday. About 100 women earned seats, with more than 33 being elected to the House of Representatives for the ...

Pick up campaign signs before they turn to litter

Editorials

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting dozens of political candidates have been demonstrations of the vigor of our system of government. Now, they are just litter. Some candidates and their supporters started the process of picking up their signs Tuesday. It is pleasing to note that ...

Veterans need community support

Local Columns

All give some. Some give all. Some military veterans still suffer from the injuries, physical and mental, that they experienced while defending our nation, things that civilians may never really understand. Our warriors need support and encouragement to be at their best, physically and ...

Crimes done by clergy should be prosecuted

Editorials

It is clear to us that although knowledge of “credible” accusations of sexual abuse within the Youngstown Catholic Diocese existed for decades, church leaders decided among themselves that it would be preferable to handle these issues in-house rather than calling for outside criminal ...

GUEST COLUMN: November is good time to learn about lung cancer

Local Columns

By LEEANN JOHNSON Lung cancer is a brutal disease—and we can do far better in preventing it and detecting it early. Screening rates for lung cancer—the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.—are much lower than screening rates for other cancers. November is Lung Cancer Awareness ...

Drug abuse is indeed a war in our country

Editorials

Ohioans have known for some time that substance abuse is a crisis tearing at the fabric of our state’s future. Ohio is second in the entire nation for having the highest illicit overdose death rate at 39.1 per 100,000 residents. West Virginia has the highest — 52 per 100,000 residents in ...

Thank you to all of our veterans

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 ...

Paying attention to school buses

Editorials

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not watched in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignored flashing red lights and ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Infant mortality rate is big concern To the editor: Maria is the mother to her prematurely born son, Ryan. After spending almost 40 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, Ryan is finally able to come home for the first time. After just a few days of adjusting to his new surroundings in ...

Vote Johnson to continue to serve

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, has been more than a congressman from East Ohio. Since he took office in 2011, Johnson has proved to be the representative for his constituents — and very frequently, among them. In contrast to some lawmakers who begin to think of Washington as home and their ...

Family caregivers can’t do it alone

Local Columns

Generally speaking, when the term “family caregiver” comes up most people think about elderly who need help at end of life. But care giving isn’t limited to end of life issues. Think about the sandwich generation, the women and men who are taking care of elderly loved ones and raising ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Crestview teacher:  Our school is falling apart To the editor: Voters in the Crestview School District will wake up on Election Day with a choice. They can vote “yes” on a bond issue to fund $5.2 million of Crestview Local School District’s building project. The other option is ...

DeWine is the right choice for governor

Editorials

It became apparent during the 2016 presidential election that many Ohioans are fed up with traditional politics and are ready to embrace government outsiders. But one longtime insider earned Buckeye State residents’ trust. He is state Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican who is ...

Say ‘no’ to Issue 1

Editorials

In many ways, the most important decision Ohioans will make in the election next Tuesday has nothing to do with candidates for public office. It will be whether to declare defeat in the war against substance abuse. A proposed amendment to the state constitution, Issue 1, is on the ballot. Its ...

We need better schools not more spending

Local Columns

Strong schools, strong community. I doubt anyone can argue schools are an integral part of the strength of a community. The argument arises from how to achieve such a worthy goal. The United States already spends more per student than any other industrialized country on the planet, yet we ...

Synagogue violence attacks freedom

Editorials

In what has become far too commonplace in this country, another mass shooting occurred over the weekend — this time, right here in Pennsylvania — as an anti-Semitic gunman rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Short and sweet: Vote! To the editor: To all area residents, Vote! Thank you. DAVID K. SCHWARTZ, Salem ————————— Local shoppers helped support the Salem Farmers Market To the editor: My name is Laura Spencer and I am the Salem Farmers Market manager. I am the owner ...

Better to anger teens than print their obits

Editorials

Two Ohio legislators want to set new limits on young motorists. They would increase the length of time new drivers are required to operate under permits rather than full licenses. Currently, drivers under 18 are required to hold instruction permits for six months. A bill sponsored by state ...

Stop caravan of migrants without physical harm

Editorials

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...