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State must get prison food right

July 12, 2014 Feeding the thousands of inmates at Ohio prisons is a big, demanding job. Getting it right all the time may be impossible. more »»

Database will help against sex offenders

July 10, 2014 Sexual predators are crafty in the extreme, and that is a special worry to parents trying to safeguard their children. Now, Ohioans have a new weapon in that figh. more »»

New Port board could right ship

July 9, 2014 A four-county, lake-to-river economic development authority with a great lake port, airport and Ohio River port. more »»

US seems willing to allow terrorists bloody victories

July 8, 2014 Fifty-six people, most of them old women selling food to make money so they could eat, died when Boko Haram terrorists set off a bomb in a Nigerian marketplace last week. more »»

Reasoning, logic behind decision

July 7, 2014 It would follow that if businesses have the right to free speech in the form of campaign contributions that business should have a right to religious freedo. more »»

Johnson aids burn victims

July 6, 2014 Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, has proved that sometimes common sense can prevail in Washington. In the process he has done a service for victims of severe burns. more »»

Mahoning River makes comeback

July 5, 2014 The Mahoning River license plates never flourished and neither did the proposed $100 million cleanup the plates supported. more »»

Criminals at big Ohio districts lied, stole tax funding

July 4, 2014 How on earth can Ohioans have any faith in public education when they know administrators in four of the state’s largest school districts lied about students’ performance? One way to begin restoring... more »»

Enjoy the celebrations and our independence

July 3, 2014 “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. more »»

State can help save Ormet plant

July 2, 2014 O hio Gov. John Kasich’s staff should have just one thing to say to Eric J. more »»

US policy on Iraq out and out crazy

July 1, 2014 Americans should be worried about the war in Iraq, for various reasons. One concern is that the Sunni army assaulting Iraq’s Shiite-controlled government may interrupt oil shipment. more »»

Ohio needs rules for guardians named by judges

June 30, 2014 Children without family members to safeguard their interests, along with some elderly and disabled people, sometimes need court-appointed guardians. more »»


June 29, 2014 Roses for the Salem Super Cruise. Despite a rainy Friday it was a big success. How popular is it? Estimates were pegged at 20,000 people within the city limits last Saturday. more »»

Juvenile offenders: consider more than just their ages

June 28, 2014 Many of the juveniles in corrections centers indeed are children who made unwise decisions and should not be treated as hardened criminal. more »»

Terrorists by any other name evil

June 27, 2014 Boko Haram, in Nigeria, uses tactics such as surrounding churches, then burning them down to kill all insid. more »»

Throw out ban on false statements in political campaigns

June 26, 2014 Throughout the world, politics in America has the reputation of being something of a free-for-all in which candidates and their supporters trade charges and. more »»

Why no outrage over IRS emails?

June 25, 2014 Using illegal methods to harm one’s political opponents, then lying to cover it up, is serious business, as former President Richard Nixon learned. more »»

Economic progress is just an illusion

June 24, 2014 Some young Americans unable to find jobs after they graduate from college simply stay on campus, working toward advanced degrees. more »»

Slashing service but spending more

June 23, 2014 Try getting an answer to your questions about government retirement benefits by calling your local Social Security office. Let's hope you have plenty of time to wait ... and wait ... and wait. more »»


June 22, 2014 Thorns for the apparent end to the pet parade and decorated vehicles parade held each Fourth of July in downtown Salem. more »»



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