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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Family Recovery Center

Local Columns

By Eloise V. TrainaM.A., M.B.A., Executive Director,Family Recovery CenterMerry Christmas. The staff and I at the Family Recovery Center wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Today, this being the week of Christmas, I am sure that all of us are ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for Nativity scenes presented and reenacted throughout our area. After all isn't that the whole reason for this holiday season? Roses too for anyone refusing to use "Xmas" as a substitute for "Christmas."Thorns to the idiot(s) stealing decorations from the grave of an infant. Think about ...

Some spending bill criticism is off base

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There's been much written and discussed about the recently passed "Omnibus" spending bill legislation that funds each of the federal agencies - approved by bipartisan majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate.Some of the criticism has been pointed and off base. While far from perfect, the ...

WIC potato ban makes no sense

Editorials

If you are a low-income woman planning to pay for all or part of your groceries with vouchers from the federal WIC program, feel free to load up the cart with any fruits and vegetables you like.Except potatoes. They are banned under the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. Why??WIC ...

Salem superintendent expresses his gratitude

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday have all come and gone and I am still getting around to giving thanks. But, then, I have a lot for which to be thankful.First, thanks again to Salem School District residents for voting to renew our operating levy last month. The money generated ...

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A grieving mother's words to an 'animal'To the editor:To the animal who took decorations from my baby's grave, here is a bit of a background: she would have been 8 months old tomorrow (Dec. 9). I held her once and never got to see her again. I said my goodbyes to a tiny white coffin when she ...

On torture, listen to John McCain

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Many voices have chimed during the past week in regard to the release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation tactics in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks. One voice should carry far greater weight than many of the rest.Sen. John ...

Need remains great this holiday season

Editorials

We are staring at the gift-giving season squarely in the face now. We've begun to get wrapped up in the holiday season - there's shopping, family get-togethers and other events that consume so much of our thoughts and time. Even though we have good intentions of prepping and preparing, so many ...

CIA report: Consider the source

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O n election night in 1986, when John McCain won the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona long held by Republican incumbent and 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, who had served as McCain's campaign chairman, the two men had a private chat. Goldwater, McCain recalled, got "a little ...

Orion showing what we’re still capable of

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On Dec. 7, 1972, came the last launch of a vehicle by human beings that went beyond low-earth orbit. It was the final American moon mission, with Apollo 17 carrying astronauts Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt to the moon.We never went back, as a nation or as the human race.So, ...

Happiness: Finding it and passing it along

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The holidays are here. It is the season of brotherly and sisterly love. The festive lights are all around, the parties, informal gatherings and ceremonies of faith associated with this time of the year are in full swing. Children's eyes widen with each new wonder that they see, their hearts ...

Release of report shines little light

Editorials

The report on the CIA's interrogation techniques going back through the post Sept. 11, 2001, period offers some stark and scary details of what amounts to torture in the name of interrogation.And the findings say 6 million CIA documents indicate nothing was gained from the conduct that couldn't ...

Why were rape kits not tested?

Editorials

Hundreds of Ohio rape cases have been solved because of state Attorney General Mike DeWine's initiative to have old evidence examined, authorities say. Since he began the initiative three years ago, more than 5,600 "rape kits" have been tested, DeWine said Monday.That is wonderful news - but ...

Lawmakers should toughen texting laws

Editorials

"Distracted driving" can have fatal consequences. Not infrequently, police report accidents caused by motorists who were using cellular phones to talk or send text messages.Ohio law already bans using electronic devices to send or read text messages while driving. But the infraction is listed ...

Today’s toy guns look all too real

Editorials

Perhaps a new debate about gun control is needed in America. Not about real firearms - but about "toys" that sometimes cause needless deaths of children.Regularly enough that the scenario is familiar to many people, law enforcement officers kill a child because of a mistake. Dispatchers are ...

Dialogue needed to increase trust

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W hen issues arose 20 years ago that indicated an erosion of the relationship and trust between communities and police officers, the push for some technical solution led to police cruiser cameras.There was a backlash, but the cameras have been with American police officers and have had some ...

Be smart with your charitable donations

Editorials

Just as we're urged to open our hearts and wallets to help others in need through charitable donations, we're warned about the dangers of scam artists lurking when you least expect it - like during the season of holiday cheer.But, there are ways to protect yourself and still pitch in to help ...

Families make a difference

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It's a big world out there, filled with a lot of distractions and temptations. Parents worry if they are doing enough, informed enough, vigilant enough. Are they hovering too much? Not enough? Peer pressure and other outside influences seem iron clad. As a parent you may question how you can ...

Dec. 7, 1941 continues to live in infamy

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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' ...

Ohio must stiffen ban on texting by drivers

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"Distracted driving" can have fatal consequences. Not infrequently, police report accidents caused by motorists who were using cellular phones to talk or send text messages.Ohio law already bans using electronic devices to send or read text messages while driving. But the infraction is listed ...