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Editorials

States must maintain control of local elections

U.S. senators last week were told the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report on Russian ...

Congress should move to save miners’ pensions

Retired coal miners and their families receive little enough from the pension program they and their companies supported for many years. Taking even that away as a result of government action ought to be viewed as unacceptable. Yet unless Congress acts, which many lawmakers have been ...

Release all records from the drug crisis

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Fairs are a wonderful part of our heritage

There's no glitz, glamour or full scale high-tech wizardry used to awe which seems to be needed — or felt it is needed — in this day and age of providing entertainment. There are no fancy 21st century version whistles, horns or gimmicks involved. No, the summer fairs in our area like the ...

Thanks to those sponsoring Salem fireworks show

To the editor: As Mayor of the City of Salem, I want to thank the following citizens and organizations for their generous support and sponsorship, and for once again making this year’s fireworks display possible. It is important to remember that no tax dollars are spent to purchase ...

Hate crimes must never be tolerated

True hate crimes are not as common as some would have us believe — but when they do occur, swift, severe punishment ought to be meted out. Last week, a federal judge in Cincinnati sentenced Izmir Koch, 34, to 2 1/2 years in prison because he lied to the FBI and violated the federal hate ...

State tax breaks will benefit small business

Expect ultra-liberal politicians and special interest groups in Ohio to label the tax breaks just signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine as something for “the rich.” But it isn’t, as residents most in need of relief will learn. Part of the two-year, $69 billion state budget, the changes ...

New obstacles to solving the drug crisis exposed

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it must be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Man’s work proves good still does exist

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other ...

Call for proof before making accusations

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While he was vice president, Joe Biden had called for more research into ...

Ensure hospitals don’t do more harm

Officials at Mount Carmel Health System near Columbus appear to be working hard to correct the problems that made possible the deaths of at least 25 people due to excessive doses of painkillers, for which only one person — William Husel — is facing charges. At least 23 other employees ...

Ensure Ohio schools work

Giving local officials as much control as possible over public schools normally is the best policy. Education bureaucrats in state capitals simply are not familiar enough with local needs to handle the job well. But what if local officials are doing a terrible job? Is it fair to children to ...

Victims, Americans deserve some answers

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Aid rural Ohio school districts

Among disagreements holding up adoption of a two-year budget for Ohio state government is one that could affect public schools in our area. Legislators were to have submitted a new budget proposal to Gov. Mike DeWine by June 30. When that deadline could not be met, an interim spending plan to ...

Support Mexican effort to keep out illegals

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Women’s soccer team opens equal pay doors

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...

Church officials not above the law

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Wonderful news for saving the elephants

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

Changes could boost substance abuse care

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Making second chance easier

An arrest record, even for a non-violent offense, can be enough to keep a job applicant on the rolls of the unemployed. Ohio lawmakers are now considering a change that would help some of those folks continue to move forward. A bill passed by the House of Representatives and under ...