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Opinion

So, taxing tampons is not politically correct?

Editorials

A lawsuit has been filed in the Ohio Court of Claims, demanding the state stop collecting sales taxes on feminine hygiene products because such action allegedly discriminates against women.Four Cleveland-area women are behind the suit, according to their attorney, Sandra Kelly. Their action ...

U.S. lacks strategy to defeat cyber terrorism

Editorials

Cyber terrorism - for profit, not twisted ideology -has become a clear and present danger to Americans. If there is a cohesive strategy to defeat it, it is not working.Last week, hackers crippled computer networks at several hospitals in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The facilities are owned ...

April: Alcohol awareness to protect our youth

Local Columns

The birth of a child changes a mother's life forever. Most generally it is Mom who manages the efficient operations of home and child care. Both parents should be but aren't always setting the examples for the lifestyle they want for their child, safe, healthy, well-rounded. Parents do have a ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for a fresh major league baseball season. Even if it will begin -in Cleveland and Pittsburgh for sure -in cold weather with at least a tease threat of snow. The Indians and Pirates should both contend for the playoffs. Pittsburgh is gunning for a fourth straight appearance - what a ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for a fresh major league baseball season. Even if it will begin -in Cleveland and Pittsburgh for sure -in cold weather with at least a tease threat of snow. The Indians and Pirates should both contend for the playoffs. Pittsburgh is gunning for a fourth straight appearance. What a ...

‘Dawn of Justice’ is a franchise-building calamity

Local Columns

The bloated, overwritten "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" manages to sidestep some of the problems with its predecessor, 2013's "Man of Steel." Unfortunately, it also manages to create a slew of new ones.Director Zack Snyder returns to the helm for this follow-up. And similarly to the ...

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Letters to the Editor

Appreciates message of syndicated columnistTo the editor:Thank you for publishing this article in the Sunday, March 27 edition of the Salem News. Pat Buchanan nailed it with his article, "The rule-or-ruin vindictive Republicans." Excellent article which resonates not only with the Beltway but ...

Obama on court: Usual hypocrisy

Editorials

President Barack Obama warned last week that Republican senators risk damaging the Supreme Court nomination process "beyond repair" if they continue to reject action on his nominee for the high court.In an op-ed article published in a Houston newspaper, Obama claims the GOP action "betray(s) ...

Ohio’s state payroll creeping up again

Editorials

Despite the often sincere efforts of legislators and governors to curb growth in government, state bureaucracies have a way of creeping up on taxpayers. So it appears to have been in Ohio.When Gov. John Kasich took office a few years ago, he and members of the General Assembly had to make tough ...

U.S. cyber security is an ongoing concern

Editorials

A bout four times a week, on average, hackers gain access to information in the federal HeathCare.gov website, the Government Accountability Office revealed this week.Millions of people seeking information about health insurance or signing up for it use the website, often providing highly ...

Time to get aggressive with Islamic terrorists

Editorials

Throughout Europe on Tuesday afternoon, heads of state made pledges similar to that from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her country stands in "full solidarity" with Belgium, where 31 people were killed and nearly 200 wounded in bombings by Islamic terrorists, Merkel said.European Union ...

Going after IS with handful of troops only increases risk to them

Editorials

Exposing a few dozen Marines to a potentially catastrophic attack by Islamic terrorists is not going all-out to defeat the barbaric murders. It is taking a terrible risk with American lives, however.After the terrorist bombings in Belgium this week, President Barack Obama pledged to do all in ...

Awareness month: Protect yourself and your partner

Local Columns

The subject is a delicate, but important one. Anyone who is sexually active needs to know how to protect himself or herself and their partner with safe sex practices and regular health care exams. As we move into April, STD Awareness Month, the CDC advises that sexually transmitted diseases are ...

Speaker Ryan has it right

Editorials

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had it right earlier this month when he told visitors to Washington from the Ohio Farm Bureau that the federal bureaucracy is running amok."Our laws are not being written by us," Ryan, R-Wis., said of Congress. "The agencies write the actual regulations that ...

John Goodman is menacing in ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’

Local Columns

"Cloverfield," 2008's found-footage monster hit, took us through a New York City battleground where a skyscraper-sized leviathan did its best Godzilla impression. And although they share the same namesake, "10 Cloverfield Lane" is an utterly different film that's perceptibly better and more ...

Obama administration dodges requests for official documents

Editorials

It is illegal for government officials to refuse to turn over most official documents to anyone who asks for them. Yet President Barack Obama's administration has set new records in failing to turn documents over to journalists and in dragging its feet, sometimes for years, when it does ...

Only defense against IS is to destroy it

Editorials

Throughout Europe on Tuesday afternoon, heads of state made pledges similar to that from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her country stands in "full solidarity" with Belgium, where 31 people were killed and nearly 200 wounded in bombings by Islamic terrorists, Merkel said.European Union ...

Castro needs to face more tough questions

Editorials

Cuban President Raul Castro is never, ever asked embarrassing questions by those in his country's state-run "news" media. But during a joint appearance with U.S. President Barack Obama Monday in Havana, an American reporter asked Castro about political prisoners held by the regime.Even ...

A mistake? Navy says enough rifles for SEALS

Editorials

It was all a mistake, the Navy told U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. There is no shortage of rifles for Navy SEALs. Those whose rifles were taken so other SEALs could have weapons during deployments have had their guns returned.Earlier this month, Hunter demanded answers after some of the ...