Opinion

Trump administration is right to focus on baseload power

Local Columns

America’s energy sector has reached an interesting crossroads. After eight years of the Obama Administration working to dismantle the nation’s coal fleet, the Trump Administration has swept into office and upended the apple cart. Earlier this year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry commissioned a ...

Islamic terror groups must be totally destroyed

Editorials

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed more than 300 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were ...

Lawmakers must find way to go after deadbeat parents

Editorials

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Yet another rescue from recklessness

Editorials

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to hear ...

October: National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Local Columns

Do you know that one in five teenagers report being bullied? Do you understand what bullying is? The website stopbullying.gov explains that bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated over ...

Bazillion Brain Force

Local Columns

My message today contains more than a little bit of Quaker boosterism, so let me get started by saying, hooray for us! By “us” I mean everyone affiliated with the Salem Schools: students, staff, parents, Salem voters, members of the Board of Education, and alumni. Especially alumni. We ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses of sympathy for the Cleveland Indians. Losing three straight postseason closing games each of the past two seasons — the finale at home each time — isn't a fluke. It's a habit. Kind of knocks the gleam off a 102-win season and historic 22-game winning streak, doesn't it? Gee, do you ...

Johnson’s bill would help locals get fed land money

Editorials

One reason many Americans are upset with how federal lands are administered in Washington is that when there is money to be made from them, little or none of it goes to local communities. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is aimed at changing that. Johnson has introduced the ...

Intelligence must not fall victim to bureaucracy

Editorials

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said recently that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

Clean up your act, Hollywood

Editorials

Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings of the rest of us. Meanwhile, they inhabit an incredibly sordid culture, the likes of which would not be tolerated in other businesses. Revelations about entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to tumble out in a steady ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Encouraging a ‘no’ vote regarding charter commission To the editor: The Constitution of the United States begins with the words, “We the People” and Thomas Jefferson said, “We in America do not have government by the majority but by the majority who participate. All tyranny needs ...

Time to be less liberal with student loans

Editorials

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

How can you help a friend in a toxic situation?

Local Columns

Intimate partner violence can happen in any relationship. Physical intimacy is not required. A CDC report says sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking “can lead to serious short and long-term consequences including physical injury, poor mental health, and chronic physical ...

Letters to the Editor

Treasurer candidate offers thoughts on tax collecting To the editor: I decided to run for the office of Salem city treasurer not merely to seek public office for its own sake, but to actually propose meaningful reforms that would make the city government operate more efficiently while at ...

Congress should extend CHIP for kids

Editorials

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

NFL — Nitwit Fools League

Local Columns

What are we to think of a group of men who have enjoyed the fruits of American freedom, becoming extremely wealthy playing a child’s game, and yet feel compelled to disrespect and dishonor all of those who have paid the ultimate price making that dream possible? That is of course a ...

ECOT still trying escape accountability

Editorials

With all the issues over which Democrats and Republicans should be doing battle in Ohio, it is a puzzle why some have chosen to focus on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. There is no good reason for any disagreement about ECOT. ECOT is an entirely online institution which is among charter ...

‘Gun toters’ risked all to save others

Editorials

A CBS television network attorney, Hayley Getfman-Gold, had this to say, via social media, about the massacre at a country-western music concert in Las Vegas: “I’m actually not even sympathetic (because) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” CBS promptly and properly ...

Massacre rumors only distract from truth

Editorials

Already, the rumor mill is grinding out an assortment of allegations regarding the horrific massacre in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Among the most troubling — and, unfortunately, easy to accept — is that the mass murderer, Stephan Paddock, did not act alone. Firing from a 32rd floor hotel ...

Once again, why would anyone massacre dozens?

Editorials

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of the nation's newspapers tells the story: Nearly ...