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Opinion

Don’t promote opioids despite alternatives

Editorials

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

S.O.S. Save our streets!

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Wow! The streets in Salem in 2014 were a mess and the citizens of Salem did something about them. City Council passed an ordinance putting forth a ballot for a 0.25% income tax increase, restricted to 5 years and limited purpose to cover streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, ...

Thanks for supporting the Downtown Dining Experience

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The success of the recent Downtown Dining Experience is a reflection of the ever increasing dedication and enthusiasm of the restaurants and businesses. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Northern Columbiana County would like to personally thank ...

Council member: RITA makes sense for Salem

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Tuesday, Oct. 1 the Salem City Council Finance Committee made the decision to move forward with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), by at least having a vote of the full council. After two years of discussion it is time. After two years of those in-depth discussions, it ...

Debate is on about personal liberties and gun control

Editorials

Nothing Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine proposed Monday has not been discussed previously, in one form or another. That makes it certain that the governor’s agenda will be the subject of sustained, sometimes fierce, debate. Personal liberties and gun control are the subjects, after all. After a ...

When a veteran struggles with suicide

Local Columns

You probably have a military veteran in your family or among your friends and neighbors. You watched that young person grow up and go off to serve their country. And maybe you prayed for that young person’s safety often when you learned he or she was going to a country where there is war ...

Digital mammography offered by county health

Local Columns

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Columbiana County Health District wants to remind women to get their mammograms and to routinely conduct self-breast exams. County residents can take advantage of digital mammograms offered through the health department’s Cancer Detection ...

Voters do their part in ‘purge’

Editorials

Possessing the right to vote carries with it responsibilities as well as a great privilege. During the past few months, more than 40,000 Ohioans have recogized and acted upon that. Like chief election officers in many other states, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has recognized the need ...

Reminder about the importance of flu shots

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Fall is here and children have all went back to school. Flu-season will soon be here too. Nobody likes to see his or her loved ones sick, so let us all do our part in preventing the spreading of the virus. It is important to get your flu shot, especially before everyone is ...

Preventing suicide among our children

Editorials

Public schools already are overwhelmed with mandates requiring them to devote time and resources to special initiatives. Now, the Ohio House of Representatives wants middle and high schools to do more to prevent suicide among children. Do we really need that? Judge for yourself: Suicide is ...

U.S. must prioritize mining to win clean energy race

Local Columns

Right now, the United States and China are competing to capture the production of advanced energy technologies like solar panels, electric cars, and lithium-ion batteries. And unfortunately, China is winning. The hard truth is that China has already captured much of the renewable energy ...

Intimidating those active in politics not acceptable

Editorials

Attempting to intimidate people who are taking active parts in politics is not acceptable. Period. It appears to be happening in some areas of Ohio, however. A bill signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this year is at the root of the problem. Known as House Bill 6, the measure will ...

October: Recognize domestic violence

Local Columns

“Callie” paced the floor. Her mother had left her in charge of her siblings while she hid the family car. Callie worried that her mother would not get home before her father, that she would have to face him and deal with his anger. And he would be angry. Her mother did not arrive home ...

A Message From Angels

Local Columns

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

Upcoming skin cancer screenings

Local Columns

The bride-to-be’s grandmother chided her for the sunburn. A bride should not have a tan on her wedding day. In fact, it was better to avoid the sun altogether. Didn’t she, herself, wear a wide-brimmed hat when she worked in her flower beds? Back in the day it was to protect the skin from ...

Balanced energy policy is needed

Editorials

Fans of “alternative energy” — more on the quote marks in a moment — have begun worrying aloud about President Donald Trump’s aversion to wind power. They fear it will affect federal energy policy. It should not, of course. You may remember that under the previous administration, ...

A lot to debate with ‘red flag’ gun seizures

Editorials

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...

More is needed to keep tobacco away from teens

Editorials

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...

Consider getting a flu shot this year

Editorials

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8 percent of Americans contract the flu each year, ...