Opinion

Hyperbole no way to end political violence

Editorials

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. Even Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, convicted last week of assaulting a reporter, is calling for more civility. But some of the very people ...

U.S. should consider global impact of unrest

Editorials

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as much ...

Ensure probe is fair

Editorials

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find ...

We must stop all the hysteria over politics

Editorials

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

VA problems lies with staff not equipment

Editorials

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

All Americans should commemorate Flag Day

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 day off/let's golf, barbecue, hit the swimming pool and party reputation that its summertime counterparts ...

Judges must obey Appeals Courts

Editorials

The law is the law, except, apparently, in one Ohio judge’s courtroom. State court officials need to look into his attitude and determine whether it is appropriate to keep him on the bench. In 1999, police arrested Frank Davis at his home in Springfield, Ohio. Three pounds of cocaine were ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On May 13, 2017 "The Salem Citizen Prom" was held at Salem Senior High School. The theme was "An Arabian Night." Dinner, dessert and beverages were served by the SHS Interact Club with students dressed in their own 2017 prom dresses and suits with tables in theme ...

Time to tighten net against terrorists?

Editorials

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of the attackers. ...

Twisting truth on Russia hack probe

Editorials

Some members of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made it clear last Wednesday they are less interested in learning the truth than in political theater. Members of the panel spent much of the day questioning witnesses regarding a probe of the Russian government’s attempts to influence ...

Heat Stress: ‘Tis the season

Local Columns

So far this spring, the temperatures have pretty much been comfortable, but with summer just ahead, what’s in store for you? How will the weather conditions affect you and your family? The NASD (National Ag Safety Databases) provide a lot of good information about farm safety that also is ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Thorns for the bad news regarding Quaker Mfg. A letter distributed to 115 employees this past week indicated that the long-standing Salem industrial plant could be closing. Accent on could. So let's keep some hope. Perhaps another local owner can be found to keep the facility operating. We ...

Poor treatment of veterans need fixed

Editorials

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs of those who honorably served our country? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for ...

Make elections fairer for Ohio

Editorials

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...

Revved up for the 12th Super Cruise

Editorials

With the cooperation of a finicky Mother Nature, what has become Salem's biggest downtown attraction during the calendar year should again be just that over the next several days. The forecast looks pretty darn good for weather and fun. Hundreds of people will pour into our downtown and our ...

Drug crackdown may have been too effective

Editorials

Buckeye State residents should, perhaps, take some pride in knowing the American Medical Association calls Ohio the top state in the country, in terms of monitoring prescription drugs. The Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, established in 2006, has processed more than 24 ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

In support of Salem’s Police Chief and his anti-pot stance To the editor: Congratulations to Police Chief Panezott for his stand on medical marijuana retail dispensaries. I’m hoping the entire community will rally around him and support him in his stand. All one has to do is read the ...

United States must try for a better deal on climate

Editorials

Tens of millions of Americans already are paying substantially higher electric bills to reduce the carbon emissions blamed for climate change. We had no choice in the matter; former President Barack Obama’s fixation on killing the coal industry has reduced accessibility to reasonably priced ...

A little compassion goes a long way

Local Columns

The tongue is a double-edged sword. Gossip is hurtful, and its cousin, Stigma, is, too. And both are disrespectful. Everyone is subject to their moments. Humans err. But we can make things better, too. For eons, mothers have taught their children, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t ...

End the hysteria by Trump’s critics

Editorials

It is one thing to disagree with a president’s policies or to dislike his personality. It is quite another to engage in the hysteria — and that is the appropriate word — that some have directed against President Donald Trump. Led by some entertainers and politicians, a few critics of ...