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Opinion

Police chief fails leadership test

Editorials

Many questioned the leadership decisions Port Clinton police Chief Rob Hickman made in the days immediately after the Dilly family reported 14-year-old Harley Dilly missing. Port Clinton is located along Lake Erie, about 35 miles east of Toledo. The chief of that community appeared to lack ...

RITA should come before a vote in the Nov. election

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I'm writing this letter to the residents and voters of the city of Salem. While this letter is in response to a letter to the editor made by Councilwoman Dickey published Jan. 17, my letter is more of a plea to all of you — those against RITA, those for RITA and those ...

Honoring Dr. King and a wish for unity among us

Editorials

During the past few years, it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. Example: allegations that some law enforcement officers and agencies treat African-Americans differently than whites have brought to the surface complaints that had simmered for ...

Americans are owed complete Senate trial

Editorials

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by Democrat ...

Feelings: Don’t ignore yours

Local Columns

In writing about feelings, E.G. Wishart says, “If we want to be loved, we must reveal ourselves. If we want to love someone, they must allow us to know them.” This profound thought strikes fear in the hearts of people who have been conditioned to believe they are unworthy, who have been ...

Council member supports implementation of RITA

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To the residents of Salem: as your councilperson for the past eight years, I want to thank you for the confidence in me you have shown through your vote to keep me for the next four years. While it is an honor to serve you, it is also a heavy responsibility. I am always ...

Lock this predator up for as long as possible

Editorials

Even if he serves the full 42 years in prison that may be imposed for his crimes, Nicholas Cochran could be a threat to society once he is discharged. He is only 28 years old. Cochran, of Lima, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to charges including sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl. A plea ...

Trump was right to eliminate a murderer

Editorials

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin Laden ...

Recovery journey: The Twelve Steps

Local Columns

This may read like an American history lesson. There are valuable pieces of life’s puzzle in those lessons. So many students have never been able to grasp the need to know about things that happened so very long ago. How could those things possibly hold any value now? Please read on. Betty ...

Sleep — it’s good for your health

Local Columns

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep. But as we get older, many adults find a restful night’s sleep harder and harder to come by. The physical changes that accompany aging, coupled with changes in our habits and medication, often lead to difficulty falling or staying asleep. In fact, studies ...

Stop politicizing and start the trial

Editorials

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Without evidence ...

Can Ohio’s electricity market become competitive again?

Local Columns

Americans keep hearing bold claims about wind and solar power. Advocates say wind and solar are growing more affordable, and are cheaper than natural gas or coal. But much of that advantage actually comes from significant taxpayer support. And without such hefty subsidies, a different picture ...

Parents must supervise their kids more closely

Editorials

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physical and online, the Cincinnati Police Department can provide one. Recently, Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one of its busiest days of the season. ...

Party labels should be kept off judicial ballots

Editorials

Ohioans should vote for the best people to serve them in the judiciary, not for the political party they prefer. The state’s system of nonpartisan elections for judges and state Supreme Court justices is a step in that direction. Some in the General Assembly think Ohio ought to take a step ...

Looking back at the 2019 accomplishments

Local Columns

The new year is a time to look back on the accomplishments of 2019 and look forward into the new year. Reflecting back on 2019, I’m really proud of the work my team and I have done in Congress to help Ohioans and their families.  Despite the partisanship and media focus on impeachment, ...

Back to normal

Local Columns

Making that 180-degree turn to “normal” after the holidays may be a bit challenging. First we have to understand what “normal” is, and depending on the culture or society in which we live, that definition varies. “Normal” in the 17thcentury meant “forming a right angle, done ...

Church must get serious about cleanup

Editorials

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

Strive to make 2020 a great year

Editorials

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us … but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Our New Year message: Don’t Drink and Drive!

Editorials

The message is one we feel obliged to repeat this time each year. There are some people across our country, across our state and across our own area who will awaken today with a brand new year in the offing helped along with a drink or more. There will be so much promise and anticipation for ...

For the sake of others please get a flu shot

Editorials

Haven’t gotten around to getting that flu shot yet? Some of you reading this probably figure that since you are young and strong you would not have any trouble fighting off a bout with influenza? Or, maybe regardless of your age, thinking that since you usually don’t get sick or can’t ...