Opinion

Legislators should take up immunity bill

Editorials

More than 2,000 Ohioans may die of drug overdoses this year, if the current trend continues. More people are killed that way than in motor vehicle crashes.Yet state legislators have not passed a measure that could prevent some of the fatalities. They should do so as soon as possible.Drug ...

Many families still feel economy needs boost

Editorials

A ccording to the latest round of numbers, business is booming in the United States. The Commerce Department says gross domestic product increased 5 percent in the third quarter - an adjustment up from their earlier guess of 3.9 percent. Employers reportedly added 321,000 jobs in November. The ...

Racino cash promises should be honored

Editorials

Ongoing squabbling between the state of Ohio and the operator of Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course is leaving communities like Austintown out in the cold.More than a year ago, promises were made that cleared the way for Penn National Gaming to build its $125 million racino along ...

Help when you need it

Local Columns

Family Recovery Center publicistDo you do New Year's resolutions? Or did you decide at some point that they always sound like good things but somehow it isn't long until they fall by the wayside forgotten until next year when you are considering them all over again? What self-improvement ...

Parents, get educated on e-cigs, all smoking

Editorials

The government's annual drug use survey of teens recently found more kids using electronic cigarettes, a trend to which we hope parents are paying attention.Teens may think e-cigs are a healthy option to traditional smoking. They aren't. While they don't contain the tobacco and tar of a regular ...

Cut contractors to cut federal spending

Editorials

Cutting the size and therefor the cost of government is a promise politicians at all levels make. Reducing the number of people employed by government is a key to the process.But the powerful federal bureaucracy, aided and abetted by Congress and presidents of both parties, has found ways to ...

Wishing readers a great day and year

Editorials

for most of us, today will be another day for family, friends, merriment and more good food. Beverages too, probably. Or perhaps you had too much of that last night into this morning. Too much food too, maybe.Just like the Christmas and Thanksgiving seasons, New Year's day provides ample ...

U.S. must maintain strong deterrent force

Editorials

Nuclear weapons proliferation may mean that, if anything, the United States needs a strong, flexible deterrent force. Air Force officials finally are admitting there are questions whether their missle system measures up.One of the keys to the U.S. nuclear arsenal is the network of underground ...

Ohio lawmakers clean up loose ends

Editorials

Given the news media's focus on controversy in both state and federal governments, it may be easy for some in the public to overlook the fact that most legislation is bipartisan in nature.It also may be easy to suppose that many issues already have been covered by laws, that very little falls ...

A budget resolution for all Americans

Editorials

Most New Year's resolutions are broken soon after being made. Our national resolution, made several times during the past decade or so, to stop spending beyond our means is an excellent example.At more than $18 trillion and climbing swiftly, the U.S. national debt is a very real threat to our ...

Child’s rape avoidable

Editorials

Apparently, officials at Trumbull County Children Services were not terribly concerned about Cody Beemer's conviction for raping a 3-year-old relative.At least that did not keep them from allowing Beemer and his wife to have substantially unsupervised visits with their infant daughter after the ...

Taxation without representation exists

Local Columns

"Taxation without representation" is a phrase we all learned in grade school. Leading up to the revolution it was the mantra of the colonists voicing their grievances against the crown, primarily the absence of property rights as the saying eludes. Yet over two centuries later we have a ...

Can Jeb Bush rein in the spenders?

Editorials

Amid a horde of potential republican nominees for president in 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush became the most-discussed recently when he revealed he is actively considering running.Before Bush can receive serious consideration from either his political party or the full pool of U.S. voters, ...

Malfeasance warrants penalty not a promotion

Editorials

It is nothing new that the penalty for malfeasance in federal government often is a promotion. Another example of the practice surfaced this week.A federal inspector general looked into allegations about Iris Cooper, who once headed the Department of Veterans Affairs office of acquisition ...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Editorials

Merry Christmas to kids everywhere who last night tightly squeezed their eyes and strained to hear reindeer footsteps on the rooftop. They finally fell asleep in a bed full of warmth and full of dreams. And Merry Christmas to all of us who wish we could still believe in a Santa Claus.Merry ...

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Letters to the Editor

Praise for Salem Regional Medical Center staffTo the editor:About nurses:Somebody once asked: "You're a nurse? That's cool, I wanted to do that when I was a kid. How much do you make?" The nurse replied: "How much do I make?" I can make holding your hand seem like the most important thing in ...

Charter schools must also be accountable

Editorials

C harter schools can be a helpful alternative to public education. But states that merely throw money at charter schools without insisting on at least the same accountability required to public education are making a serious mistake.Ohio legislators did just that for several years. Only after ...

Protecting children from parents drug use

Editorials

Perhaps the most heartbreaking aspect of the epidemic of drug abuse is the innocent children it victimizes. Too often, right here in our area, we hear of children neglected, abused and sometimes hurt badly because the adults they trust - mom and dad - are drug addicts.How bad is it? Officials ...

Release of torture report sets US apart

Editorials

R elease of a report on CIA use of torture to get information from a few captured Islamic terrorists raises more questions than it provides answers.While we await them, Americans ought to reflect on one important aspect of the controversy.It is this: For many years, intelligence agencies in ...