Opinion

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Very happy with their stay at ‘Stables’ To the editor: The weekend of the ice storm (Nov. 11-17) we had no power. Our power went out at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15. We slept all night at our home on the 15th. The house was so cold the next morning we went to “Stables,” it is part ...

Graduation standard delay does children a disservice

Editorials

Time and again, officials at colleges and universities tell us we are not preparing our students to attend their institutions. That is fine with them, of course — they get to charge more for extra semesters in which students take remedial courses to get them up to where they should be. ...

SCT’S production of ‘Annie’ is heartwarming

Local Columns

Smiles. That’s what every audience member seated in the auditorium of the Salem Community Theatre has on their face the minute a young actor named Gram Zamarelli walks across the stage making his entrance. And you would have to literally be Ebenezer Scrooge himself to not smile as the ...

Before “blue states’ and ‘red states’

Editorials

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush's Wednesday funeral, we couldn't help but reflect on how dramatically the nation's political landscape has changed since ...

Brighten Christmas by helping someone

Editorials

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Meyer’s retirement likely driven by health, scandal

Editorials

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Yet, at only 54 years of age, he is retiring from his post at Ohio State University. Why? In revealing Meyer’s plan to retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl, OSU officials gave no reason. There has been ...

Ohioans, pay attention to ongoing legislation

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers are floating some ideas Buckeye State residents might want to watch. Last week, House Joint Resolution 19 was introduced, which would make it more difficult to approve proposed constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot. Rather than a simple majority needed for an ...

Depression not a normal symptom of aging

Local Columns

As we get older we know more of those whose names appear on the obituary page … acquaintances, friends, family, public figures. The road ahead of us doesn’t stretch out as far as it used to do. There are so many dreams yet to try. The spirit is willing but the body is weak (and weakening) ...

Expert advice doesn’t work out as planned

Editorials

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos in Ohio — predicted that the four locations at the time would generate $1.9 billion ...

Dec. 7, 1941: A date that lives in infamy

Editorials

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of man. At exactly 7:55 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy struck at Pearl Harbor. And struck hard. The United States' ...

Dec. 7, 1941: A date that lives in infamy

Editorials

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of man. At exactly 7:55 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy struck at Pearl Harbor. And struck hard. The United States' ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

For shame David Johnson! To the editor: Should David Johnson resign as chairman of the Columbiana County Republican Party? He absolutely should, for blaming the California fires on liberals. Democrats control every office in California and kept the forests friendly to spotted owls and ...

Ohio lawmakers organize cyber force

Editorials

Threats to our security come in many forms, but among the least understood are those that occur in cyberspace. From our personal computers and smartphones all the way up to the server banks keeping hospitals running and those holding the secrets of the federal government, hackers can be as ...

Let your holiday spirit shine with decorations

Editorials

Nobody really looks forward to it. Thanksgiving rolls around and you grab the aluminum extension ladder out of the garage, climb into the attic and haul down boxes of lights and decorations and then freeze outside trying to figure out why one strand of lights won’t work. But, once it is all ...

George H.W. Bush: A good, decent man

Editorials

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Charter school crisis is not a partisan issue

Editorials

As Ohio legislators and public education officials continue cleaning up years of mistakes regarding charter schools, precisely what went wrong is not known fully. It is clear much of the fiasco involving taxpayer subsidies for private charter schools was because they was very little ...

Safety first during the holidays

Local Columns

The countdown is on. There is traffic on the roads, traffic in the stores. Patience wears thin at times. And everyone has an extra long list of things to do before Dec. 24. Some of the issues people talk about most with their therapists at holiday time, according to www.wellandgood.com/, ...

Ohio voter rolls should be cleaned up

Editorials

Claims of “voter suppression” have sunk to new, ridiculous lows in many parts of the United States. Good for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, soon to be lieutenant governor as a result of the Nov. 6 election, for refusing to be cowed by them. Like conscientious chief election officers ...

GM facility, Valley are very marketable

Editorials

The news about the end to local production of the Chevy Cruze, as United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green put it this week, felt like a “shot in the gut.” The sting was harsh and the recovery will be slow. Every one of our elected leaders from Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill clear ...

‘Tis the season to be leery of telescammers

Editorials

If you are a senior reading this and own a phone — after all, who doesn’t? — you are most likely pestered, bothered, annoyed (feel free to fill in a more colorful descriptive word) by robocalls. Often on a daily basis. Unwanted annoying calls are like a plague. But it's not just the ...