Opinion

Intelligence must not fall victim to bureaucracy

Editorials

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said recently that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

Clean up your act, Hollywood

Editorials

Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings of the rest of us. Meanwhile, they inhabit an incredibly sordid culture, the likes of which would not be tolerated in other businesses. Revelations about entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to tumble out in a steady ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Encouraging a ‘no’ vote regarding charter commission To the editor: The Constitution of the United States begins with the words, “We the People” and Thomas Jefferson said, “We in America do not have government by the majority but by the majority who participate. All tyranny needs ...

Time to be less liberal with student loans

Editorials

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

How can you help a friend in a toxic situation?

Local Columns

Intimate partner violence can happen in any relationship. Physical intimacy is not required. A CDC report says sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking “can lead to serious short and long-term consequences including physical injury, poor mental health, and chronic physical ...

Letters to the Editor

Treasurer candidate offers thoughts on tax collecting To the editor: I decided to run for the office of Salem city treasurer not merely to seek public office for its own sake, but to actually propose meaningful reforms that would make the city government operate more efficiently while at ...

Congress should extend CHIP for kids

Editorials

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

NFL — Nitwit Fools League

Local Columns

What are we to think of a group of men who have enjoyed the fruits of American freedom, becoming extremely wealthy playing a child’s game, and yet feel compelled to disrespect and dishonor all of those who have paid the ultimate price making that dream possible? That is of course a ...

ECOT still trying escape accountability

Editorials

With all the issues over which Democrats and Republicans should be doing battle in Ohio, it is a puzzle why some have chosen to focus on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. There is no good reason for any disagreement about ECOT. ECOT is an entirely online institution which is among charter ...

‘Gun toters’ risked all to save others

Editorials

A CBS television network attorney, Hayley Getfman-Gold, had this to say, via social media, about the massacre at a country-western music concert in Las Vegas: “I’m actually not even sympathetic (because) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” CBS promptly and properly ...

Massacre rumors only distract from truth

Editorials

Already, the rumor mill is grinding out an assortment of allegations regarding the horrific massacre in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Among the most troubling — and, unfortunately, easy to accept — is that the mass murderer, Stephan Paddock, did not act alone. Firing from a 32rd floor hotel ...

Once again, why would anyone massacre dozens?

Editorials

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of the nation's newspapers tells the story: Nearly ...

OU goes too far with speech policy

Editorials

Freedom of speech, guaranteed to Americans, is one thing. Using it as an excuse to trample other rights — or even, as is seen with upsetting frequency, to strangle the free speech rights of those with whom one disagrees — is quite another. Ohio University officials deserve praise for ...

Alter Obamacare a little at a time

Editorials

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally this week, ...

Domestic violence awareness month

Local Columns

She said the wrong thing. He punched a hole in the bedroom door. Things progressed from there over time. When she tried to talk about issues in which he might have some ownership he blew up so she was careful about the topics she brought up. He might make fun of something she did or said, ...

Ending DACA would be absurd and inhumane

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Diversity is what makes us great. Our different cultures, ideologies, lifestyles, and beliefs makes up our country. They are our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and part of our country. They own business and work to help the American economy. I am talking about the Deferred ...

Are there still Quakers around here?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Many people remember mention of Quakers in American history in school. Quakers settled Pennsylvania. Quakers worked for public education and prison reform. Quakers were part of the Underground Railroad. Then somehow Quakers disappear from the history books and people think ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for honest sales associates, clerks and cashiers. That is, all the many of those who upon finding personal property belonging to a customer that was lost or misplaced — like cash lost in a shopping basket by a certain (blush) editor — do the right gesture by putting it away until ...

Vote ‘yes’ for the passage of Issue 1

Editorials

Voters often struggle when it comes to the ballot. They can be torn between supporting a certain candidate or issue. That is understandable. We have all wrestled with such decisions. That shouldn't be the case with one particular vote that you will cast. Voters in Ohio will face a ...

Living better often means living longer

Editorials

We are all acutely aware — especially those of us well entrenched into our advancing years — that it's not just about life itself but about quality of life. None of us have control over unforeseen events that can happen to any of us health-wise. Dreadful things can happen regardless of ...