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Opinion

Bill could preserve thousands of jobs

Editorials

Celebrations of victories against President Barack Obama's assault on coal and affordable electricity have tended to be short-lived. So it probably will be with a bill passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives last week.Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency have used every ...

Beware of the profiteers with next marijuana issue

Editorials

Ohioans who shot down a get-rich-quick marijuana legalization scheme last year may vote differently if looking at a ballot issue allowing medicinal use of the drug. That may be in the thoughts of state legislators considering a law to allow the practice.Voters saw through Issue 3 on the ballot ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Would we be able to enjoy all of our freedom without our country's veterans? I would say no - as the saying goes - all gave some and most of them gave all. I will never stop thanking them for all that they do.On Saturday, Jan. 9, the following people donated to our Disabled ...

Bowie’s talent helped to change our world

Editorials

A champion for the oddball. A hitmaker. A starman. An actor and composer and playwright. Androgynous. Andy Warhol 2.0.All those descriptions apply to one talented pop cultural icon in the form of David Bowie, who died recently at the age of 69 after a bout with cancer.He lived a very private ...

Public unions free ride claim backfires against unions

Editorials

Labor union leaders may have had their fingers crossed, hoping no one would spot the Achilles heel in the self-preservation argument they have used so successfully for many years.Now it has been called to the attention of U.S. Supreme Court justices.Government employees have been one of the few ...

Humor: Laughter is the best medicine

Local Columns

Do you have a sense of humor? Who is your favorite funny person, the one who can make you laugh when you need it most? It doesn't have to be a famous person.The official definition for "humor" is a quality that appeals to a sense of the ludicrous; comical or amusing entertainment. There are ...

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Letters to the Editor

Public encouraged to join in prayer at St. Paul ChurchTo the editor:Jan. 22, 2016, marks the 43rd anniversary of the Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in the United States. In this critical time in history as over 56,000,000 babies have been aborted since this ...

Ruling coming on unions

Editorials

Labor union leaders may have had their fingers crossed, hoping no one would spot the Achilles heel in the self-preservation argument they have used so successfully for many years.Now it has been called to the attention of U.S. Supreme Court justices. In a big decision expected Monday, the ...

Is clarification in order here?

Editorials

Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. If a study is not critical of the fossil-fuel industry, well, perhaps the government had better try again until it gets an acceptable result.In June, the Environmental Protection ...

Allow online voter registration in Ohio

Editorials

Ohioans can do a variety of things from the comfort and convenience of their homes, providing they have computers with Internet connections. They can send money and get money. They can buy things and sell things. They can obtain mortgages and insurance.But they cannot register to vote.At one ...

Do EPA climate studies need clarification too?

Editorials

Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. If a study is not critical of the fossil-fuel industry, well, perhaps the government had better try again until it gets an acceptable result.In June, the Environmental Protection ...

Survive a crash: Wear a seat belt

Editorials

News about highway safety in Ohio came with an implied warning recently for travelers everywhere: Buckle up.Highways in general have become steadily safer for several years. But traffic fatalities increased during 2015 in Ohio, for the second year in a row. The State Highway Patrol reports ...

Dems must address illegal immigration

Editorials

As respectable Republicans panic over Donald Trump's storm of insults against Hispanics, Democrats may be tempted to sit back and watch the other party estrange millions of potential voters. But they do so at their own peril.Democrats already have the luxury of being far less offensive, ...

OTHER VOICES

Editorials

State should re-evaluate its investment in early childhood programsA national assessment on education delivered troubling news for Ohio this week. Not only has the state slipped from 18th last year to 23rd today (after ranking fifth only six years ago), but Education Week's Quality Counts ...

Left always ready to ‘Mess with the Constitution’

Editorials

In recent years, a small but growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The reaction to the proposal has been hostile, out of all proportion to either the originality or the danger of such a convention.The ...

Winter driving can offer challenges

Editorials

The lack of snow so far this winter - up to now - has left many drivers with a false sense of security on the road.There are still at least six more weeks of winter, and we are heading into the coldest time of the year. That means it is only a matter of time before snow or freezing rain will ...

Creating goals in the drug-free workplace

Local Columns

We all have heard that old adage, "No pain, no gain." It comes to mind now while reading about "how employers can protect injured workers while decreasing their liability," and looking at Family Recovery Center's Drug-Free Workplace program.According to a National Safety Council report, "A ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for new Third Ward Salem Council member Geoff Goll. He will donate his monthly council pay of about $374 to the K-9 unit fund. Nice gesture. Roses for the K-9 unit fund picking up steam. Tax deductible donations have reached $8,000. The biggest scourge in our city is the drug problem. The ...

Medicare questions just won’t go away

Editorials

Millions of older people who rely on Medicare will find the health care program is different this year.Several changes have been made to reduce costs and allegedly improve quality.One new facet of the program is that Medicare will pay for "end-of-life" counseling for patients. Their options for ...

Guarding against attack is critical

Editorials

Nuclear war is a "real and growing danger," former defense Secretary William Perry has warned. There can be no reasonable argument about that.What is open to question is what U.S. officials are doing to guard against a nuclear attack, either in a war or by a terrorist organization or nation. As ...