Opinion

Bill’s passage should send TJX a message

Editorials

Last week’s move by state legislators to pass a bill by near unanimous vote to guarantee swift action on plans for a retail distribution center in Lordstown should help send yet another message of support to the retail giant contemplating the move to our neighbors north of us. The ...

Gratitude for success of Adopt a Planter program

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, Over the years, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce’s Salem Beautification Committee, has had a very successful Adopt a Planter program, and this year is no exception. We appreciate the following people for supporting our efforts in beautifying our downtown area and for ...

May our American flag forever wave

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 weekend/often extended days off/let's golf, barbecue and party reputation that its summertime ...

Cleaning up voter registration lists

Editorials

Ohioans concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Our state has a relatively new mechanism — handled by secretaries of state and local election officials — for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One technique used in both ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Senior citizens prom provided special moments To the editor: Thank you for helping to promote the 2018 senior citizens prom held recently at Salem High School cafeteria in Salem, Ohio. Hosted by Salem Interact Club students and sponsored by many citizens and Rotary Club of Salem, Ohio, ...

California voters sent judge right message

Editorials

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

US-NKorea summit sure to disappoint

Editorials

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them this week. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet Tuesday in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes both ...

Summer: Stress safety first

Local Columns

School is out for the summer. Graduation parties are in full swing. There are plans for amusement parks, camping trips, and days boating, fishing and a myriad of other activities that will create memories that will last a lifetime. The National Safety Council urges everyone to think safety. It ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for the Salem Super Cruise. All of those involved including city leadership are to be commended. The Cruise is a people magnet that pumps energy into the downtown area. It is an event that so many look forward to and circle on their calendars each year. The biggest attraction is the cars. ...

Flight 93 Memorial is hallowed ground

Editorials

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, will ...

Entertainment secret: Money trumps morals

Editorials

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — was on display again this week. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and pulling ...

Aiding, abetting illegal immigrants

Editorials

A massive raid on a gardening and landscaping company in northern Ohio is a reminder that many illegal immigrants would not be in our country without active encouragement from a few unscrupulous business owners. More than 200 federal agents arrested 114 people in the raid on Tuesday. They ...

Did ECOT use tax funds to hush critics?

Editorials

Much more remains to be learned about the fiasco that was the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Ohio. Among issues that need to be investigated thoroughly is whether ECOT officials relied on taxpayers for hush money meant to quash reports of scandal. ECOT, founded in 2000 as an online ...

Nutrition affects your well being

Local Columns

You are what you eat, physically, emotionally and mentally. “… A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems,” advises the Preventive ...

Grads and alcohol are a bad mix

Editorials

It’s that time of year when we look ahead to the transition to the next phase of life for high school seniors. They’re young. They’re excited. They’ll want to celebrate their milestones with friends. And while we’re wishing them well on this big step toward their future, it’s ...

An open letter to the person stealing cemetery urn

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To whom it may concern, Are you enjoying the large urn that was recently put in your garden area? Did you check the side of it to make sure the name “Cecilia Leasure” was taken off? Just curious: what possible enjoyment could you have looking at stolen grave ...

Salem can have a local building department

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our city council has an opportunity to make an historic change that will greatly ease the burden of economic growth on small businesses.  We at the Downtown Salem Partnership (DSP) work to bring development to the downtown area.  You may have noticed several new businesses ...

Jumping on sports betting bandwagon

Editorials

Ohio officials are being urged by some to jump on the sports betting bandwagon. Actually, though, there are multiple routes to permitting wagers on athletic events, not just one. In other words, there are several bandwagons. Hopping on the wrong one would be a mistake. Earlier this month, ...

Jason Seaman put his students first

Editorials

What happened at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., last Friday could have been much, much worse had Jason Seaman not risked his own life to protect his students. Seaman, 29, was teaching his class when a student with a gun entered and opened fire. He shot a 13-year-old girl, who was hurt ...

Government rules had role in meltdown

Editorials

Liberals in Congress are livid that conservatives would dare to meddle with the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. It is needed to safeguard Americans against predatory bankers, say some Democrats. Had Dodd-Frank been in effect a decade ago, the 2008 financial crisis might never have ...