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Opinion

Info meeting on health care and aging planned

Local Columns

My position as a state representative allows me to meet with advocacy groups that represent a variety of organizations ranging from local funding and farming to education and health care. Many times, these meetings provide me with information on resources available at the local level for the ...

Legislation could weaken push for help

Editorials

Lawmakers who have introduced legislation to reduce the seriousness of drug possession crimes should rethink their plan, largely because it takes away often needed options for prosecutors and judges. Senate Bill 3, a criminal justice reform bill introduced in February by Ohio Senators Sean ...

Reaction to editorial on Iran

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In an editorial published on Wednesday, the author argued that concrete evidence showing that Iran attacked oil tankers in the Gulf must be established before there is any military action by the United States against the country. This is absolutely right. However, the author, ...

Understanding is a real key with political dealings

Editorials

It has become obvious that unbending partisanship leads only to gridlock in Washington. Gaining a name for willingness to listen to those of the opposite party rather than dismiss them out of hand because of their formal political allegiance is the way to get things done in Congress. Ohioans ...

Measles: A highly contagious, serious disease

Local Columns

By Cathy Thomas Brownfield Health District publicist Many people think measles is a harmless rash. If you grew up during the era when vaccine was in development, when everyone got measles, you may remember having to stay in your room, the windows darkened to protect your eyes. You and your ...

Words from a true champion!

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Dear Salem community and Columbiana County residents, My name is Maria Sargent. I recently competed in the Scripps National Bee, May 26-31, as your representative. My goal was to bring home the trophy to honor my family, friends, school, city, county and state. Though I studied ...

Remembering a former county sheriff

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The county lost another former sheriff last week. I was saddened to read of the death of David Smith, whose public service spanned more than three decades. Just like his two predecessors, Robert Beresford and Richard Koffel, he came up through the ranks of the sheriff's ...

Encourages support of Salem Community Theatre

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Last weekend we enjoyed the Salem Community Theater’s production of Leaving Iowa, a comedy about a family vacation. For an entertaining evening on June 21-22 and a Sunday matinee on the 23rd, we are strongly recommending this play. The box office phone number is 330 ...

Colorado girl ‘overwhelmed’ after Yosemite climb

Editorials

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 10-year-old Colorado girl scaled Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan and may have become the youngest person to climb one of the most celebrated and challenging peaks in the world. Selah Schneiter of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, completed the 3,000-foot (910 meters) ...

Proof needed before making move in Gulf

Editorials

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of late last week, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. On that day two oil ...

Find a better way to spend $500M

Editorials

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week his philanthropic foundation will spend $500 million to close as many coal-fired power plants as possible. He also wants Americans to stop building new gas-fired power plants. Period. Bloomberg claims the move is needed to ...

Giving Ohioans a break on their taxes

Editorials

Things are picking up for state government in Ohio and, fortunately, legislators of both parties seem to agree some of the wealth ought to be shared with Buckeye State taxpayers. State House of Representatives members already have approved a budget calling for a 6.6 percent tax cut. Now, ...

Sales tax cut are coming for glasses, contact lenses

Local Columns

Next month the State of Ohio will eliminate the sales tax on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. This change is a result of legislation that I supported and helped pass in 2017. It’s estimated that it will save Ohio taxpayers nearly $30 million annually. Elimination of the sales tax ...

Talk to your kids

Local Columns

It’s summer vacation for many students. Schools and libraries around the county invite students to “join us for lunch” or for a snack. But there are periods of time when your children are on their own, running with their friends with less supervision. In spite of the strong influence of ...

Mental health study and gun violence

Editorials

The recent mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians but still futile in achieving the desired result. On May 31, hours after ...

More questions plague Catholic Church leaders

Editorials

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. gathered in Baltimore this week with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s closet in ours and neighboring states including West ...

Let the red, white and blue never cease to wave

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 ...

DeWine correct to focus on jail safety

Editorials

What a difference a year makes. In 2017, an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction report found few problems at the Cuyahoga County jail. A year later, U.S. marshals terms conditions there “inhumane.” In 2018, eight inmates died at the jail. Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered ...

Income factors into treatment for addicts

Editorials

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

Hospital deaths: Why did it take so long to notice?

Editorials

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in the ...