Opinion

Infrastructure projects must be shovel ready

Editorials

Some liberals already are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they add. So, ...

Actually prevent sexual violence

Editorials

Ohio’s Department of Higher Education has been keeping track of sexual-violence prevention efforts at institutions of higher education, through its Changing Campus Culture initiative. Last week, the agency released the good news that there have been significant improvements in those ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to all backing the Arby’s Car Cruise and Salem Super Cruise To the editor: We would like to say “thank you” to all the businesses in the area that supported our Arby’s Car Cruise and city of Salem Super Cruise 2016 season, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to 11 food ...

Demonstrations sign of healthy democracy

Editorials

Throughout the nation, millions of people in dozens of cities took to the streets Friday and Saturday, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. A few hundred — out of a nation of 325 million —engaged in violent confrontations with police. It matters not ...

Traitor Manning doesn’t deserve to be set free

Editorials

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

You promised, Mr. President

Editorials

Congratulations are in order, President Trump. You have become the leader of our nation — all of us — primed to pursue a revolution in how we govern ourselves. Your inaugural speech on Friday was excellent. You reminded those who voted for you of why they did so in proclaiming that, “We ...

Drug of choice could end up a deadly mix

Local Columns

Do you depend on a drug of your choice? Do you know what’s in your drug of choice? Do you think you can trust your dealer to be concerned about you – to care about you beyond your fistful of dollars? Richard Taite writes at psychologytoday.com, “Many drug cartels dilute their products ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for a charter commission question ballot placement being pushed back – at the earliest — to Nov. 4. What was the rush, anyhow? The last election isn't even three months old. This move will prevent any cost for having a special election and will allow time for commission candidates to ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

St. Ann Catholic Church has a lot to offer To the editor: The best-kept secret in the area might be St. Ann Catholic Church in Sebring. If you have lost the connection you once had with your Catholic faith or your Catholic Church, St. Ann Catholic Church might be just what you are looking ...

Cernan’s footsteps shouldn’t be the last

Editorials

When astronaut Eugene Cernan left the surface of the moon after a very active Apollo 17 lunar expedition in 1972, he knew he was the last man on the moon, at least for a while. He didn’t suspect he’d be the last man on the moon for the rest of his life. Cernan, who died Monday at ...

Some big stars still prefer Americanism

Editorials

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country need ...

Cutting through red tape to advance science

Local Columns

The advances made by the scientific and medical communities over the past few decades have been incredible. In just the past thirty years, life expectancy in the United States has increased by five years, and almost half of that increase took place just in the last decade. I often think about ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

‘What difference does it make now?’ To the editor: “If you like your hacker, you may keep your hacker. Oh heck, that’s not hack! What I meant to say was, if you like your doctor you may keep your doctor! My fellow Americans, (meaning of course, my fellow liberals) I can tell you ...

About time US EPA has to explain itself

Editorials

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials enjoy enormous power, granted by Congress. They can decide unilaterally that individuals, families and businesses must do certain things to comply with the EPA’s definitions of clean air, water and soil. But there are some limits. The agency ...

Obama looking for way forward

Editorials

The nation is witnessing the liberal left go through the stages of grief on the national stage. In the immediate aftermath of the Trump victory on Nov. 8, there was shock and disbelief. That quickly turned to anger, a constant stream of gallows humor at best and hurtful comments among ...

Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Are you informed?

Local Columns

Human trafficking is illegally transporting men, women and children to be used in forced labor or forced sexual exploitation that profit their “owners.” Modern slavery. The International Labor Organization provides data to emphasize the huge problem, informing that 11.4million women and ...

Why not make the Cruze hatchback at Lordstown?

Editorials

Tweets last week by President-elect Donald Trump drew attention to General Motors’ manufacture of the 2017 Cruze hatchback in Mexico. General Motors’ quick and terse reply may have been a sign of the company’s frustration with the president-elect. “All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold ...

Trump needs to owe up to coal mining promise

Editorials

Many West Virginians and Ohioans are people counting on President-elect Donald Trump to end the Obama administration’s war on coal and affordable electricity. But merely slamming on the brakes is not enough. As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted in a letter to Trump, the ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For many people, ringing in the New Year brings hope and joyful anticipation. But for those who struggle with stuttering, the old fears of speaking and being teased remain the same—year after year. Many of your readers don’t know that help for stuttering is available from ...

Come up with a new plan for redistricting

Editorials

Surely Ohio legislators can do the same thing for the state’s congressional districts that they did for themselves in 2015 — find a more nonpartisan method of redistricting in reaction to population changes. Republican leaders in the General Assembly reportedly have little interest in the ...