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Opinion

Removal of books should be a wake-up call

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I watch the news this morning and see that President Biden has decided to remove Dr. Seuss books. There are six books that will not be published. This is dictatorship, as far as I am concerned. I do not think the president should have the right to do this. It is overstepping his ...

Just how safe is vaping?

Local Columns

Vaping is not safe. Not for you, not for your kids, not for anyone. The vapor that is created by the devices is not harmless water vapor. Even though the packaging may say there is no nicotine, published reports say that the devices have been tested and do, in fact, contain the harmful ...

In support of Quaker City, Norwalk race tracks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Quaker City and Norwalk race track have been great family tracks for my family to get out on the weekends to enjoy. The racers often represent locals and is a way to get together and enjoy community together. I write to request that Congress create a grant program to support ...

Need to help small biz with ongoing changes

Editorials

As members of Congress consider another stimulus , a report out of Ohio last week should give them some sense of urgency. According to an Alignable A1 Revenue Poll, 51 percent of Ohio’s small businesses said revenue expectations will fail to meet their needs by the end of March. Without more ...

New financial tool will help our children

Editorials

Parents wondering how they can teach their kids to be smart about their financial independence have a tool in Ohio that just got a little bit better. Treasurer Robert Sprague and the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are partnering to expand the Real ...

Focus the Capitol riot probes on prevention

Editorials

Missed intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That’s what officials in charge of security are reporting. This past week, officials pointed a lot of fingers at various federal agencies ...

Focus the Capitol riot probes on prevention

Editorials

Missed intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That’s what officials in charge of security are reporting. This past week, officials pointed a lot of fingers at various federal agencies ...

A simple seat belt likely saved Tiger

Editorials

Everybody knows “Tiger.” The world in on a first-name basis with him. Even those who don’t know a five-iron from a skillet iron know who he is: regarded by many as the best golfer in the history of that sport. He grew from phenom to a statesman for his sport. His brand is everywhere. He ...

A simple seat belt likely saved Tiger

Editorials

Everybody knows “Tiger.” The world in on a first-name basis with him. Even those who don’t know a five-iron from a skillet iron know who he is: perhaps the best, if not the best, golfer in the history of that sport. His brand is everywhere. He is praised for attracting so many — ...

Funding fixes must not harm Ohioans

Editorials

We have entered the time of year when faults in our roads and bridges are more obvious than ever. Ice and salt don’t help matters. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (Ohio Council) the state’s infrastructure is only getting worse, with improvement efforts hampered by the ...

Broadband bill would improve online access

Editorials

We urge Ohio Senate approval of a bill that would help improve broadband internet access to unserved or underserved areas of Ohio. The bill passed overwhelmingly last week in the Statehouse by a vote of 91-5. It now needs passage from the Senate and the governor’s signature to become ...

Capitol defenders blame bad intelligence for deadly breach

Local Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faulty intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the iconic building and halted certification of the presidential election on Jan. 6, the officials who were in charge of security declared Tuesday in ...

A shout out to all our unusung winter heroes

Editorials

Many of us stayed home and away from the cold and the ice last week. We didn’t have to do battle with the elements, the frigid temperature. We are the lucky ones. There does come a time, though, when we should all be grateful for the public and private workforce who work to keep our roads ...

Salem schools plan traditional in-person graduation, prom

Local Columns

SALEM — This year’s seniors can expect a traditional in-person prom and a face-to-face graduation that’s as close to normal as possible. At least that’s the plan announced by Superintendent Sean Kirkland Monday night during the school board meeting, following guidelines and barring ...

Overdoses worse than ever before

Editorials

If the COVID-19 pandemic has made you feel as though the virus is the overwhelming challenge for Ohio, you are not alone. Most people have pushed the state’s other woes to the backs of their minds. But coronavirus is not the only deadly plague raging through the state, and it is time we ...

SHS Alumni Association continues to fulfill mission

Local Columns

The Salem High School Alumni Association has a proud history and an outstanding reputation. The organization continues to successfully fulfill its mission which is to award scholarships to qualified students, to manage assets including memorabilia for future generations, and to honor the ...

Veterans have earned the right to be served

Editorials

Ohio veterans should be able to expect the state Department of Veterans Services will fulfill its responsibilities to those who gave up so much for our country. Yet more than 160 veterans are on waiting lists for the state’s two nursing homes for veterans, in Georgetown and Sandusky. Nearly ...

‘The unlovable woman’ is actually very lovable

Local Columns

“Sybil” feels unworthy, unintelligent, burdensome, worthless. She has never been enough. Not smart enough. Not pretty enough. Not successful enough. Never enough. She doesn’t see much point to anything because she is a failure at everything. “You’ve never had someone to spoil ...

Despite shortfalls, momentum building in battle vs. COVID-19

Editorials

The number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations have been on the decline our region and across Ohio. Vaccinations are being distributed more briskly, pharmaceutical companies are continuing to perfect new vaccine options and, hopefully, the economy will follow with an upward trend. ...