Opinion

Compromise could be possible regarding wall

Editorials

As usual when they are refusing to engage in even a tiny bit of compromise, liberals in Congress are playing the “government shutdown” card. Perhaps it is time to take that one out of the deck. Unless Congress approves a $1 trillion spending bill this week, the government officially will ...

Helping homeless children find shelter

Local Columns

Homelessness is dangerous, especially for kids. They are more vulnerable to become victims of crime; they’re more vulnerable to disease, and they’re more likely to become victims of human trafficking. Homeless kids do worse in school than their peers and they have a harder time developing ...

How much do spies know about all of us?

Editorials

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of Congress ...

Support those who back immigration laws

Editorials

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

Age Out Loud: Theme of 2017 Older Americans Month

Local Columns

Your children may comfort you with words like, “You’re only as old as you feel,” but the fact is, everyone ages. The senior years – also known as the Golden Years – bring challenges. Of course, as youth, the road of life stretches out way ahead with lots of time to think about old ...

Do we really need to pay more taxes?

Editorials

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed, we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other information ...

Freedom I: The essence of America

Local Columns

The first of a three-column series discussing the concept of freedom in America. If you ask around the country, or around the world for that matter, what one word exemplifies the essence of America? What word best describes what America represents? What single concept is etched in our ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Writing in support of Ohio House Bill 176 To the editor: I encourage you to ask your state legislators to support passage of HB 176. This bill is a significant step to restoring local responsibility and accountability to our schools. We have the good fortune to live in a diverse state ...

Your Side: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

No want, or need, to legalize marijuana To the editor: The citizens of Ohio have voted “no” to drugs in Ohio. They do not want to make medical marijuana legal. They want to get rid of the drug epidemic. They are tired of ruined lives and drug overdoses. We do not want, or need, to make ...

Valuing Ohio high school diplomas

Editorials

If something does not change, about one-third of the juniors in Ohio public high schools will not be given diplomas when they had hoped in spring of 2018. That is because they will not have complied with all the state’s requirements to graduate. Obviously, something is wrong. The problems ...

Ohio nuclear bailout bill comes with price

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers should say no to legislation that will give huge tax credits to FirstEnergy so the company can profitably operate its two nuclear power plants, but would interfere with electricity markets. Subsidies to FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants allowed by the bill ...

Depressed vets need ‘suicide hotline’ to answer the phone

Editorials

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Open some avenues to affordable medicines

Editorials

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

‘No’ doesn’t mean yes or maybe

Local Columns

When someone says, “No,” it doesn’t mean “yes” or “maybe.” It means emphatically, “No.” When a person is forced or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity without their consent – and this includes persons who are unable to give consent or not – that is sexual violence. ...

Alcohol Awareness Month increases awareness

Local Columns

LISBON — April 2017 is the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction’s (NCADD's) 31st Annual Alcohol Awareness Month. The NCADD founded Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 and has sponsored this awareness campaign every April since that time. The goal is to increase public awareness and ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Lilies — not roses and certainly no thorns on Easter weekend — for all indications that veteran lawman Allen Haueter will become Leetonia's next police chief. He would bring the needed moxie and experience to take on the drug plight in that village. He served county residents for 33 years ...

Preventing addiction by stopping overprescribing

Local Columns

Look at your watch. In the next hour, five Americans will die of a drug overdose. I’ve been working on the issue of drug abuse prevention for more than 20 years, but I have never seen anything like the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin addiction that is gripping our state right ...

Gorsuch will interpret Constitution accordingly

Editorials

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means he ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Helen Marie Potter Hayes a perfect fit as honored alumnus To the editor: Amidst pandemic chaos, confusion and discord — unanimity seems scarce. Not so with the selection of Helen Marie Potter Hayes as honored alumnus by the Salem High School Alumni Association. In this instance dissent is ...

Trump’s ‘red line’ means something

Editorials

It did not take long for our nation’s enemies to learn that when former President Barack Obama warned certain actions would constitute crossing a “red line,” they had nothing about which to worry. “Red line” after “red line” was crossed with no consequences. That no longer is ...