Opinion

Reducing risk of more attacks like Monday’s

Editorials

No doubt many area residents had Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese in their thoughts and prayers Monday evening. It was a relief that afternoon to learn the judge had undergone surgery at a Pittburgh hospital and, according to local officials, was “doing ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Salem Hunting Club fundraiser a success To the editor: The Salem Hunting Club held its 14th annual fundraiser for the Lowell Iden-Larry Iler Scholarship on Aug. 5 at the club. Thank you everyone! What a wonderful successful day we had. Perfect weather, lots of help and many generous people. ...

Congress must take the steps that allow USPS to grow, evolve

Editorials

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

Editorials

Stocks rise again, put shaky few weeks further behind NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world pushed higher Tuesday, as markets firmed following a shaky run the last couple of weeks. Shares of retailers and metals companies helped lead the way in the United States. With less nervousness in ...

Condemning differing views creates barrier to good government

Editorials

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Is it risky? Marijuana and you

Local Columns

It’s reasonable to believe that most adults already have made up their minds about marijuana use. And it’s also safe to say that to educate them about the risks will elicit the response that we are using “scare tactics” to convince them and they aren’t interested. But we hope you will ...

Bringing our federal regulatory policies into the 21st century

Local Columns

Federal regulations should do their critical job of protecting public health, safety, and the environment while not unnecessarily hurting job creation and economic growth. This goal is achievable, but it requires a smarter and more modern regulatory process. And it is needed—the federal ...

Health care will taint other issues

Editorials

“Obamacare,” formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal ...

Talks with N. Korea would help but must seek real solutions

Editorials

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Law enforcement must put lid on violent protests

Editorials

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Don’t blame police for Charlottesville death

Editorials

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Kim’s nuclear threats risk millions of lives

Editorials

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Need ideas to fight opioid addiction

Editorials

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. If there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s ...

Unleash energy-fueled economic stimulation: FERC must act now!

Local Columns

It is truly an honor to serve hard-working Ohio families as their member of Congress, particularly at a time when we have an incredible opportunity to reignite our nation’s economic engine.  With smart policies, we are gradually getting various sectors of the economy, such as energy, back ...

Moms-to-be and addiction present special needs

Local Columns

Every day there are women who make the decision to stop abusing substances. Most women who use illicit drugs don’t plan to become pregnant. They may not even know they are, and those early weeks of pregnancy are crucial as the baby’s organs are developing. However, when she is addicted to ...

Taxpayers pick up tab for sports cars

Editorials

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Don’t be scammed over unclaimed funds

Editorials

The adage “don’t trust strangers” certainly applies here. We recently received an alert that we gladly would like to pass along. According to the report, the Division of Unclaimed Funds is warning Ohioans about a website claiming a fee must be paid to have their missing money returned. ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Minimum wage increase would bolster middle class To the editor: What has happened to America’s middle class and working families? America came out of the Great Depression and built the greatest middle class the world has known. Using our own hard work and government to open up ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Unhappy with choice of art teacher for Salem students To the editor: The Salem School District middle schools, Buckeye and Southeast, recently had an art teacher position open. Candidates applied, the middle school principals interviewed. In the second round of screening for the position, ...

Rethink how thrill rides are inspected

Editorials

Apparently undetected by anyone, rust had been eating away at the inside of a steel support beam on the Fire Ball ride erected at the Ohio State Fair last month. By July 26, the rust had done its deadly work. A young man was killed and seven other people were hurt when the Fire Ball flew ...