Opinion

Take precautions, avoid skin cancer

Editorials

The roller coaster of temperature swings during the past several weeks eventually will turn to hot and sunny summer weather.With the return of the summer sun, it is time for everyone to think about the dangers of skin cancer. It's the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 3.5 ...

Resolve highway funding failure

Editorials

Congress has kicked the proverbial can down the road so many times on one critical issue - highway and bridge funding - that lawmakers' toes must be getting sore.It happened again last week, when for the 12th time in six years the House of Representatives approved a temporary approach to the ...

All of us should honor those making the ultimate sacrifice

Editorials

Even taking into account the many challenges facing our nation, we Americans enjoy liberties, security, peace and prosperity that is the envy of most other people in the world.Those who guarantee all that to us, the men and women of our armed forces, willingly sacrifice liberties, security, ...

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Editorials

Peace officers put themselves between us and harm's way every day. And when, as a consequence of shielding us from danger, peace officers become casualties, we come to understand the gravity of the pledge they willingly make "to serve and protect."Earlier this month I participated in our 28th ...

Help graduates celebrate safely

Editorials

If history is any guide, hundreds of recent high school graduates will be drinking enormous quantities of alcoholic beverages at celebratory parties during the next few weeks. Some of them will not have to obtain the booze themselves, nor will they have to find places to whoop it up.Their ...

Judge orders faster release of Hillary’s emails

Editorials

A federal judge, perhaps disgusted by the blatantly political attempt to protect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has rejected one aspect of it. He should proceed to the next step.Clinton already has ensured voters considering her for president will not have access to many potentially ...

Better training for officers will help

Editorials

No amount of training in how to handle life-threatening situations will change a bigot. Likewise, it is impossible to provide enough law and ethics classes to alter the mindset of a law enforcement officer in the profession for the wrong reasons.Still, Ohio legislators will do some good by ...

Join Ohio auditor’s corruption battle

Editorials

Many Ohioans believe - or at least hope - their local public officials are honest. Most of the time, such confidence is well placed.But when it is not, corrupt officials should be looking over their shoulders constantly, in fear of being caught and sent to jail.Ohio Auditor Dave?Yost is giving ...

Arrests records don’t make Ohio background checks

Editorials

Unless state legislators are willing to put teeth into Ohio's criminal background check system, it might be just as well to scrap the whole thing. As matters stand, the program may be worse than nothing.So many criminal arrests are not showing up when background checks are requested that the ...

Why aren’t all arrests available?

Editorials

Unless state legislators are willing to put teeth into Ohio's criminal background check system, it might be just as well to scrap the whole thing. As matters stand, the program may be worse than nothing.So many criminal arrests are not showing up when background checks are requested that the ...

The State of Mental Health and Aging

Local Columns

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELDFamily Recovery Center publicistThe CDC (Centers for Disease Control) released a report about The State of Mental Health and Aging. The report states that depression and anxiety affect the older population. Risk factors for late-onset depression include:- Widowhood- ...

The State of Mental Health and Aging

Local Columns

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) released a report about The State of Mental Health and Aging. The report states that depression and anxiety affect the older population. Risk factors for late-onset depression include:- Widowhood- Physical illness- Less than a high school education- ...

Big Brother EPA little too obvious

Editorials

Like a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar, Environmental Protection Agency officials are admitting they made some mistakes with their "waters of the United States rule."But pay close attention:?"I want to tell you up front that I wish we had done a better job of rolling out our clean ...

Another foreign policy crisis looms

Editorials

A genuine foreign policy crisis is occurring, and President Barack Obama's reaction to it betrays his clear failure to comprehend the peril his ongoing missteps have created. He seems bent on aggravating rather than alleviating the problem.A key meeting of Middle Eastern allies, the Gulf ...

Support the substance abuse rally this Saturday

Editorials

The lead story in our Monday edition detailed a substance abuse rally being held Saturday at Reilly Stadium in Salem.It deserved that placement.The Step of Change, Walk a Mile in My Shoes is what the event is called. It is a community event, open to the public. There will be speakers, ...

IRS employees escape scandal

Editorials

Just one Internal Revenue Service official lost her job over harassment of non-profit organizations for political reasons, to our knowledge. That was Lois Lerner, who was not fired but instead retired.But the agency has taken "significant actions" to prevent such political use of the tax ...

Holding electric bills down in Ohio

Editorials

Like many legislatures, Ohio's succumbed to nanny-statism a few years ago by enacting requirements for use of "alternative energy." By 2025, utilities are required to obtain at least 25 percent of their power from non-conventional sources such as solar arrays and wind turbines.But lawmakers are ...

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Letters to the Editor

Serving at the Banquet in Salem is rewardingTo the editor:We had the opportunity to host and to serve at the Banquet of Salem last Monday night.Over 25 friends of the Banquet helped serve the meal and added to the companionship of the 200 people who attended.This is the first time we have had ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses, hugs and kisses for all the good moms out there - from the first-time mothers to an elderly mom who realized that being a parent did not end when a child became an adult. There are no age boundaries. A parent is always a parent. And the good ones realize that and pass it along to their ...