Opinion

Still waiting for false school data answers

Editorials

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

Staffers missed chance to show collegiality

Editorials

If you saw any video from the Congressional Baseball Game last week, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize collegiality ...

Both sides win with end to gerrymandering

Editorials

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...

Once you hit send, it’s on the Internet forever

Local Columns

The Internet is a double-edged sword. There is ready access to good and bad information, good and bad social interaction, and good and bad behaviors. Not everyone can think past the impulsive moment when sharing something questionable with others. And it’s been a difficult lesson for some ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Salem Council member discusses medical marijuana To the editor: Let’s discuss medical marijuana. In September 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed an Act authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes and to establish the Medical Marijuana Control Program. The Act was the ...

Health care law action is essential

Editorials

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law this week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Integrity in Ohio schools is of utmost importance

Editorials

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

More whiffs for the scrambling Democrats

Editorials

For those keeping score at home, the Democrats whiffed again. Oh-for-four. That is the number of special elections held recently in which — try as they might — Democrats failed to dislodge a Republican. Following unsuccessful attempts in recent special elections in Montana and Kansas, ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Former mayor against medical marijuana outlet in Salem To the editor: I was born and raised in Salem and have spent my entire adult life here, other than the four years I served in the Marine Corps from 1961-65. This has been a wonderful place to live and work and raise a family and be among ...

Hyperbole no way to end political violence

Editorials

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. Even Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, convicted last week of assaulting a reporter, is calling for more civility. But some of the very people ...

U.S. should consider global impact of unrest

Editorials

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as much ...

Ensure probe is fair

Editorials

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find ...

We must stop all the hysteria over politics

Editorials

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

VA problems lies with staff not equipment

Editorials

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

All Americans should commemorate Flag Day

Editorials

Today is Flag Day. Our fine nation should be awash in red, white and blue. That is because Flag Day deserves the respect of each and every one of us. Flag Day doesn't carry the same holiday day off/let's golf, barbecue, hit the swimming pool and party reputation that its summertime counterparts ...

Judges must obey Appeals Courts

Editorials

The law is the law, except, apparently, in one Ohio judge’s courtroom. State court officials need to look into his attitude and determine whether it is appropriate to keep him on the bench. In 1999, police arrested Frank Davis at his home in Springfield, Ohio. Three pounds of cocaine were ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On May 13, 2017 "The Salem Citizen Prom" was held at Salem Senior High School. The theme was "An Arabian Night." Dinner, dessert and beverages were served by the SHS Interact Club with students dressed in their own 2017 prom dresses and suits with tables in theme ...

Time to tighten net against terrorists?

Editorials

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of the attackers. ...

Twisting truth on Russia hack probe

Editorials

Some members of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made it clear last Wednesday they are less interested in learning the truth than in political theater. Members of the panel spent much of the day questioning witnesses regarding a probe of the Russian government’s attempts to influence ...

Heat Stress: ‘Tis the season

Local Columns

So far this spring, the temperatures have pretty much been comfortable, but with summer just ahead, what’s in store for you? How will the weather conditions affect you and your family? The NASD (National Ag Safety Databases) provide a lot of good information about farm safety that also is ...