Opinion

Judges will determine specific executive limits

Editorials

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is needed to erect new barriers ...

Warrants must be served more quickly

Editorials

Too often, we hear of violent crimes committed by people who ought to have been behind bars instead of finding new victims. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wants to do something about that in the Buckeye State. Last week, DeWine announced he has created a task force to look into how arrest warrants are ...

Why not pitch GM plant to Amazon?

Editorials

New Yorkers have shunned Amazon’s plans to bring tens of thousands of jobs to that city in the form of HQ2. At the same time, General Motors is preparing to idle its automaking plant here, leaving some 5 million square feet of plant vacant. As we see it, this presents a clear opportunity ...

Gratitude expressed for Salem Schools, community

Letters to the Editor

Gratitude expressed for Salem Schools, community To the editor: From grade three until graduation in 1952 I received my education in the Salem School System. Since then I earned undergraduate and graduate college degrees and eventually taught 25 years in higher education. I am writing this ...

Administrative review needed in ballot issues

Editorials

Environmental activists from seven Ohio community groups are suing several local and state governmental entities, including the Mahoning County Board of Elections, claiming constitutional rights violations because some ballot issues were blocked from appearing on election ballots. The civil ...

Parenting skills needs from the start

Local Columns

New babies are tiny, snuggable, huggable, sweet-smelling bundles that most everyone thinks are adorable. But they also make messy diapers, spit up all over you, cry a lot when they are uncomfortable or unhappy – and often when you want to get some sleep. They are in a constant state of change ...

Put McKinley on committee about climate

Editorials

Too much debate about climate change is driven by political correctness and anecdotes, not science. There is a way Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives can move toward greater balance. Among the first actions taken under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this ...

What is the national debt breaking point?

Editorials

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

‘Drive It Home Ohio’ steered by optimism

Editorials

The coalition trying to save the General Motors plant in Lordstown is called "Drive It Home Ohio." Drive it did as the group ventured via bus to Columbus Wednesday. Meeting with state lawmakers and top-level officials were over a dozen representatives of the coalition. This included elected ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Appreciates gesture by the Salem Honor Guard To the editor: I would like to thank the Salem Honor Guard for honoring my dad (Daniel Sanor) at his memorial service on Feb. 8. I had never been at a service in which the honor guard was present and it was a beautiful ceremony and send off for my ...

Top Dem contenders are too radical left

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour to New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, improved ...

Sadly, race relations still are challenging

Editorials

It is easy to understand why some Virginians may not have paid the same amount of attention as they would in a normal year to the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday. Residents of the Old Dominion had their own political preoccupation last week. Credit Gov. Ralph Northam for ...

Take time to reflect on Black History Month

Editorials

Black History Month 2019 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “Black Migrations” is the theme from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the ...

Lashing out does not help the working class

Editorials

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound like positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an independent. ...

Marijuana: Just how safe is it?

Local Columns

A writer receives interesting pieces of mail, sometimes on controversial issues like marijuana. You have the right to disagree with the information we are going to share today, but please read with an open mind, reality based. Before you roll your eyes, ask yourself who your sources are and if ...

‘Medicare-for- all’ comes with huge pricetag

Editorials

Perhaps Democratic candidate for president Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

American Heart Month observed

Editorials

Have you ever had a heart attack? Or maybe someone in your family has. How about a friend? Fellow worker? Or maybe another kind of cardiac disease? Chances are your answer is "yes." Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. According to the Office of ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Salem Rotary Foundation continues to serve To the editor: The trustees of the Salem Rotary Foundation met on Jan. 15, 2019, to reorganize. Officers elected to serve the Salem Rotary Foundation for the year of 2019 were George W.S. Hays, president; Shelby Mingus, vice president; Frank A. ...

Forget semantics, let’s just get it done

Editorials

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...