Opinion

Trump should just consider a discussion with Beijing

Editorials

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such ...

‘Outraged’ over naming of stadium in Salem

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a former resident of Salem, from birth in 1937 to 1970 when I moved to Denton, TX to assume a professorship at the University of North Texas, and an SHS alumnus ('55), I was outraged when I learned that historical Reilly Stadium was renamed after Bob Sebo. Although "buying" ...

For your child’s health: Vaccines effective

Local Columns

School has resumed. Immunizations against preventable childhood diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis and whooping cough, are some of the thoughts a parent has in preparation for the new school year. If children are entering kindergarten 7th, or 12th grades, the state law in Ohio ...

Thanks from Salem Church Women United

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The members of Salem Church Women United would like to express their thanks for the generous response to our annual Back-to-School Clothing Voucher project. This year over 440 Salem School District children from lower income families, Head Start through eighth grade, were given ...

Once a Quaker, always a Quaker

Editorials

Bob Sebo is a true American success story. Acting on an idea, he founded a fledging payroll company in the mid-70s. From a modest start with just four employees it grew into a giant — today boasting 12,000 employees dealing with billion dollars of business across the United States. Call it ...

Preventing mass murders in the US

Local Columns

If you could somehow could gather up and melt down every AR-15 or AK-47 clone in the United States, you would have virtually no success in preventing mass murders. My guess is that they’d occur about as frequently as they do now. But the gun control advocates say that if we could just get ...

We must also hold employees responsible

Editorials

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

Stigma: A mark of disgrace

Local Columns

“There are still attitudes within most societies that view symptoms of psychopathology as threatening and uncomfortable, and these attitudes frequently foster stigma and discrimination towards people with mental health problems,” writes Graham C.L. Davey, Ph.D., at psychologytoday.com. ...

Great Day at the Columbiana County Fair

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My wife and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at the Columbiana County (aka Lisbon) Fair. It was our daughter Val’s suggestion, and it was “some kind” of a special day! We are all 4-H alumni and loved seeing the animals, the kids, the ...

Back-to-school means back to safety basics

Editorials

It’s that time of year again. Children of all ages will be making their way to and from school every day. Some of them are walking, some of the older ones might be driving, and many are taking the bus. Do your part to keep them safe. Parents should of course remind their kids to behave ...

Most puzzling is what drives mass murderers

Editorials

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding — as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has — that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick ...

Preventing even more mass murders

Editorials

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton and El Paso committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been suggested by ...

DeWine’s gun proposals should be debate topics

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine wants Ohio legislators to consider new limits on firearms ownership. They include more background checks for gun buyers and potential power by courts to restrict access to weapons by those thought to be threats. It never hurts to talk about whether existing laws can be ...

Use caution and be vigilant

Local Columns

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist If you see a suspicious bottle, often a two-liter bottle that contains a suspicious substance say, white sludge with black spots, in the gutter or at the edge of your property along a street or road, call the Sheriff’s Office. ...

Safety tips for college-bound students

Editorials

Schools will be starting soon across Ohio and although when it comes to safety and students, the first thought — and certainly merited — usually regards the safety of younger children. But older students will be off to college soon. And their safety should be a consideration especially ...

Good neighbors watch out for one another

Editorials

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling — about 60 miles due west from Salem — are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was ...

Sometimes ‘intellectuals’ are anything but that

Local Columns

The problem with people who say things that make us scratch our heads — we call them “intellectuals” — is that too often, we accept their ideas simply because they are credentialed members of the deep-thinker community. It helps if they hold doctorates and have been published. They ...

Richard E. Kaufman Jr.

Editorials

EAST PALESTINE — Richard E. Kaufman Jr., 81, a longtime resident of East Palestine, died at his home Wednesday. He was born Oct. 7, 1937 in Millvale, Pa., a son of the late Richard Sr. and Clara Sallach Kaufman. He was a graduate of the New Waterford High School. He worked as an Assembler ...

We must first learn why mass murderers kill

Editorials

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered at least 31 people in Dayton and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...