Opinion

Let your holiday spirit shine with decorations

Editorials

Nobody really looks forward to it. Thanksgiving rolls around and you grab the aluminum extension ladder out of the garage, climb into the attic and haul down boxes of lights and decorations and then freeze outside trying to figure out why one strand of lights won’t work. But, once it is all ...

George H.W. Bush: A good, decent man

Editorials

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Charter school crisis is not a partisan issue

Editorials

As Ohio legislators and public education officials continue cleaning up years of mistakes regarding charter schools, precisely what went wrong is not known fully. It is clear much of the fiasco involving taxpayer subsidies for private charter schools was because they was very little ...

Safety first during the holidays

Local Columns

The countdown is on. There is traffic on the roads, traffic in the stores. Patience wears thin at times. And everyone has an extra long list of things to do before Dec. 24. Some of the issues people talk about most with their therapists at holiday time, according to www.wellandgood.com/, ...

Ohio voter rolls should be cleaned up

Editorials

Claims of “voter suppression” have sunk to new, ridiculous lows in many parts of the United States. Good for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, soon to be lieutenant governor as a result of the Nov. 6 election, for refusing to be cowed by them. Like conscientious chief election officers ...

GM facility, Valley are very marketable

Editorials

The news about the end to local production of the Chevy Cruze, as United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green put it this week, felt like a “shot in the gut.” The sting was harsh and the recovery will be slow. Every one of our elected leaders from Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill clear ...

‘Tis the season to be leery of telescammers

Editorials

If you are a senior reading this and own a phone — after all, who doesn’t? — you are most likely pestered, bothered, annoyed (feel free to fill in a more colorful descriptive word) by robocalls. Often on a daily basis. Unwanted annoying calls are like a plague. But it's not just the ...

The Lisbon fire could have been much worse

Editorials

It could’ve been much, much worse. An early morning fire Sunday in Lisbon captured headlines throughout all media outlets and, of course, dominated social media too. A historic — anything 208 years old would have to be considered just that — building was gutted. Good fortune was had by ...

ROC invites community to Christmas service

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing on behalf of the ROC of Salem. The ROC is a Christian youth ministry located on South Lundy Avenue in Salem. Our goal is to reach young people with the message of Jesus Christ and get involved in a church youth group. We are not linked to any one particular church. ...

Don’t let the holiday spirit overwhelm you

Editorials

The pace of the holidays is starting to speed up. Some people revel in the spirit of the holidays, humming Christmas songs as they go about the holiday preparations. But those who already are stressed can feel a little overwhelmed at the holidays. The constant hustle and bustle of the ...

Coping with holiday stress

Local Columns

Stress? Did somebody mention stress? Thanksgiving is behind us and one month from today all of the excitement of Christmas will be past as well. Everyone will be thinking about New Year’s Eve. Will you drive to the Big Apple to watch the ball drop at Times Square or stay at home and watch ...

Brown would have some work to do

Editorials

Shortly after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Democrat Sherrod Brown said he may consider running for president in 2020. Brown could be appealing to some Democrats, for two reasons. One is obvious: He isn’t Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden or ...

Consider local options this holiday season

Letters to the Editor

The “official” holiday shopping season is finally here and with it comes many questions and choices. What color sweater should I buy for Grandma? What size slippers does Dad wear? Cash or credit? And do I venture out to enjoy the sounds and sights of the season in stores or do I sit ...

Donations to United Way help with local needs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: At this time of year we all get flooded with requests from charities for donations, and it can be overwhelming to know where your dollars will help the most. This year, please consider our local United Way. Our local United Way is one of 1,300 independent United Ways across ...

Smoke detectors really do save lives

Editorials

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

A heartfelt thanks on this special day

Editorials

There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...

Passing along responsibility of murals

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the past few years, since the inception of my “Murals of Salem” idea and under the auspices of the Salem Preservation Society, my associates and I have produced and hung seven murals. Our first mural, “The Stark Electric Railway Company,” hung on the original ...

$5M not that much for 20 years in prison

Editorials

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

Be cautious on roads as weather turns colder

Editorials

Drivers surprised by icy rain and snow spitting from the skies recently know it is only a matter of time before we are regularly faced with driving conditions that require a different skill set from those warm sunny summer drives. In fact, some counties have already had the de-icing trucks ...

Concerned residents must be given reason to trust

Editorials

A U.S. Department of Justice official says there is no evidence “of any health effects people are suffering” from the Heritage Thermal Services hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool. But some of those at a public meeting where DOJ Senior Counsel Elizabeth Loeb made the comment are ...