Opinion

Remembering John Glenn: A true hero for all Americans

Local Columns

This past week we lost an American hero and the longest-serving United States Senator in Ohio history. We lost John Glenn, of New Concord, Ohio. I lost a close personal friend. When most folks think of John Glenn, they remember that he was a famous astronaut and the first American to orbit ...

$29M: EPA doesn’t know if fracking threat to water

Editorials

After six years of investigation at a cost of $29 million, the Environmental Protection Agency finally has come to a conclusion about whether hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells poses a risk to drinking water supplies: We don’t know. Last year, EPA officials released a draft report ...

Shouldn’t UN look for real heroines?

Editorials

Wonder Woman no longer is the United Nations honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. U.N. officials announced this week the fictional superhero had been stripped of the title. Complaints that someone as skimpily clad and prone to violence as Wonder Woman was not ...

Plenty of waste in weapons programs

Editorials

One line in a news report about President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to get costs for the military’s new F-35 fighter plane under control illustrates why the military-industrial complex has been so successful in sucking up taxpayers’ money. Trump’s public promise regarding the F-35 ...

Hospice incident new black eye for VA

Editorials

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa, Fla., Bay Times reported last week. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

John Glenn, American hero, deserved the title

Editorials

The word “hero” is used far too commonly, often in reference to people who simply do not deserve the title. John Glenn did. But he was much more than a hero. Glenn died Thursday at 95 years of age, after a life of courage, dedication, patriotism, service and distinction. He was an ...

EPA pick ignites anti-coal liberals

Editorials

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency has sent many liberals diving off the deep end, rhetorically. Pruitt has a record of opposing EPA action meant to cripple the fossil fuel industry, the leftists ...

Meet challenges with common sense, decency

Local Columns

Editor's Note: E. Gordon Gee is president of West Virginia University and is among the most distinguished higher education leaders in the nation. He also has served as president of The Ohio State University, the University of Colorado, Brown University and Vanderbilt University. In 2009, Time ...

Surgeon General:  Report on addiction

Local Columns

This year in Columbiana County, the problem of addiction and related problems like overdosing and death have been publicly viewed on social media and in the news. In mid-November, the U.S. Surgeon General released the first ever report on addiction, which clearly makes everyone aware that the ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for Dave Nestic. The longtime member of city council is expected to vacate his position. This is due to family and career considerations. The First Ward representative has been an asset in serving the needs of all city residents. Candidates are being sought. Serving can be both fulfilling ...

Jan. 1 looming: Don’t let mine retirees down

Editorials

Everyone on Capitol Hill seems to want to help retired coal miners whose health insurance and pensions are in dire jeopardy. But disagreement over how to do it may leave the miners and their families out in the cold. Time is running out. By Jan. 1, health care benefits for an estimated 16,300 ...

Your Side: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4, the Salem Music Study Club hosted the 55th annual choir festival. Ten vocal choirs and musical groups conducted one of the finest Christmas festivals in its history. I hope you run into someone who was there! They will tell you! The First ...

Kasich is right about presidential election

Editorials

It has been a month since Republican Donald Trump won the presidency, by a convincing Electoral College margin. The vast majority of Americans, whether they supported Trump, Hillary Clinton or someone else, have accepted that. They are ready to move on, to make the best of things. A few ...

Trump appointee could restore court to true ‘mainstream’

Editorials

Opening shots are being fired over Donald Trump’s anticipated Supreme Court nomination. A conservative advocacy group is running television ads urging Trump to appoint a justice in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. New Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer fires back that Democrats will try ...

Remembering the day that has lived in infamy

Editorials

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of mankind. At exactly 7:55 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy launched over 250 planes in two waves from six aircraft ...

Preparedness key to stopping the ‘lone wolf’

Editorials

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University a week ago may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead. It is a reasonable supposition that Artan, a legal ...

Thinking of giving a puppy for Christmas? Beware of scammers

Editorials

Giving a pet of any kind can make for a wonderful Christmas gift. After all, who doesn't love a puppy? But if you are thinking of getting a puppy for your child, grandchild, another family member or even treating yourself, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a warning just days ago of ...

Substance abuse can affect your child, too

Local Columns

In our world, children rarely have a voice. They depend on the adults in their lives to see to their needs, to make sure they are taken care of and given the life skills they will need as they grow toward adult independence as responsible, reliable good people who care for the next generation ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a division of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, should be a matter of pride, not only for the history that has passed through it, but respect for how it was built and maintaining its original architecture. The Courthouse ...

Democrat leaders far from secure

Editorials

Housing of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may well be patting herself on the back this past week. In the process, she should be looking over her shoulder. Change is coming up fast, and she simply is not equipped to handle it. Pelosi, D-Calif., was re-elected as leader of House ...