Opinion

February: Show how much you love her

Local Columns

February is Women’s Heart Health Month. On the first Friday of February, everyone is encouraged to wear red, dress up buildings in red, go all out for red to bring attention to the health and well-being of the women who are important in our lives. Although the symbols of love on Valentine’s ...

Thanks for those supporting the Salvation Army

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Because of the generosity of our community, the Salvation Army was able to make this Christmas season more joyful for 200 families, over 400 children this past holiday season. We appreciate each person’s contribution, whether time, talent or resources. In particular, we ...

Church Women United will distribute mattresses to needy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Church Women United of Salem has ordered a truckload of 128 mattresses to give away to needy families in Salem whose children are sleeping on the floor. The mattresses are set to arrive in February and we have been able to acquire a flat sheet, fitted sheet, blanket and ...

Celebrating the St. Paul School tradition

Editorials

Since 1904, St. Paul School has been a community landmark. It is firmly entrenched in our history as is St. Paul Church which originated in 1881. Throughout the decades St. Paul School has been a constant in providing a high-quality education in a faith-based environment. Hundreds of its ...

Compromise needed to end the shutdown

Editorials

Once again, Democratic leaders in Congress have made it plain their chief goal is to attack President Donald Trump, not to deal with illegal immigration. Unless reasonable Democrats retake control of their party, that attitude will continue to block progress. During the weekend, President ...

“SPS: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed”

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As National Catholic Schools Week begins, I again feel compelled to write in support of St. Paul School (SPS), operating in Salem since 1904. A retired public-school educator, SPS Class of 1962 graduate, and proud member of our St. Paul School Family, I am delighted this ...

Looks like winter finally has arrived

Editorials

It's not going away anytime soon is it? The wintry weather, that is. So much for all the mildness we had late year right into 2019. That little snow icon weather people attach to daily forecasts is firmly embedded from today through at least Tuesday. Single-digit lows were called for today, ...

State should boost funds to save babies

Editorials

Among new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ninth-worst ...

Coal entering a new era in 2019

Local Columns

For those who follow energy policy in the United States, these are intriguing times. A number of significant changes are under way, with natural gas occupying a newfound prominence in electricity generation. Some older coal plants are being retired, too. And more utilities are exploring wind ...

Gov. DeWine moves to save Lordstown plant

Editorials

That it was just two days after his gubernatorial inauguration when Mike DeWine made an overnight trek to Detroit in the name of saving the Lordstown General Motors plant speaks volumes about what we can expect from our state’s new CEO. The message he delivered to GM President and CEO Mary ...

Stalking Awareness Month: Should you be afraid?

Local Columns

Stalking happens. Stalking is linked with sexual assault and domestic violence. Stalking has been experienced by approximately one in six women and one in 13-17 men, depending on the source to which you refer. Stalking is behavior directed at someone that is intended to cause fear for ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for those taking advantage of the big storm heads-up forecasts/warnings that were put out a full week ahead of Harper and got prepared. The whole make sure you have enough milk and bread mode. Thorns for those tardy folks who put it off and put if off and then complain when stores run out ...

Defending bigotry is unacceptable

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true or not can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of ...

Johnson suggests shutdown solution

Editorials

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

Wishing Gov. DeWine the best of good fortune

Editorials

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his political options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans are resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already. He has appointed one of the ...

Take heed of weather warnings for weekend

Editorials

Sure it’s only midweek but when forecasters toss around words such as “blockbuster” and “colossal” when describing a potential winter storm heading our way, we all better take notice. Models will be continuously tweaked but as this is written we are expecting to get at least 8 inches ...

Recognizing those serving the district

Local Columns

January is School Board Recognition Month, and it is my honor to acknowledge the five sitting members of the Salem Board of Education, as well as all of the many citizens who have served on Salem’s board over the past 165 years. In a recent press release, the Ohio School Boards Association ...

Replenish Ohio’s reclamation fund

Editorials

Environmentalists and the coal industry often find themselves glaring angrily at one another over the issues fence that so frequently divides them. They agree on an important issue in Ohio, however, according to The Associated Press. Both groups are worried about funding of a state program to ...

Some birth defects can be prevented

Local Columns

One in 33 babies are born with a birth defect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. January is Birth Defect Prevention Month across the U.S. Though all birth defects cannot be prevented. With knowledge and prevention in mind, some can. Every preventative measure ...