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Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for everyone from the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and Salem Community Center involved with the Feed the Community Pantry Fat Tuesday event. All money raised benefits the local pantry which has an endless list of residents in need.Roses for a local honoree recognized for an Ohio State ...

It’s time to reflect, and do good deeds

Editorials

The 40 days before Easter have traditionally been a period of prayer, preparation and soul searching within the Christian faith.The season of Lent began three days ago with services for Ash Wednesday when Christians received the outward sign of ashes for the inward grieving of their sins. Many ...

OUR READERS WRITE…

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Naples has beautiful warm sunny days (coolish 70 degrees today) and money, lots of money! One thing they don't have that our little Salem does, is a great supermarket! They rant and rave about their great Publix supermarkets. Believe or not, it pales next to our locally owned ...

Rape testing delays raise other questions

Editorials

No crime of violence ought to be "filed and forgotten" if police are unable to solve it quickly.In 2010, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine learned thousands of "rape kits" - physical evidence from sexual assaults - had been languishing in law enforcement storage rooms throughout the state. They ...

Ensuring young riders remain safe

Editorials

Legislation introduced in Ohio would make it a primary offense for children under age 15 to be in a vehicle without a car seat, booster seat or seat belt. Officers could pull over a vehicle if they see a child who is not properly secured or wearing a seat belt.It seems almost absurd that such a ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I went to get my Salem newspaper on the two days of the parking banned on streets in the city of Salem. It was amazing to me that we had no parked cars on the street in front of the apartments.I live in a house on Monroe Avenue. I was totally amazed that we had no parked cars on ...

President Obama speaks loudly and carries a twig

Letters to the Editor

President Theodore Roosevelt said, "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." More than a century later, President Barack Obama speaks loudly (and incessantly) and carries a twig.Like Nero of ancient Rome, Obama fiddles, takes selfies and does Internet interviews while the world burns. Is he trying ...

‘Happy talk’ isn’t fit for the world we live in

Letters to the Editor

When Alfred E. Neuman said "What me worry?" on the cover of Mad magazine, it was funny. But this message was not nearly as funny coming from President Barack Obama and his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice.In a musical comedy, it would be hilarious to have the president send out his "happy ...

Say it ain’t so, Chicago coaches

Editorials

A team of Little Leaguers from Chicago wowed America and made its hometown fans swell with pride last summer when it captured the national Little League Championship in Williamsport, Pa.On its way to the championship, the team even knocked out Ohio's state champions, the 12-year-old Little ...

Don’t make it harder for Ohio’s disabled to get help

Editorials

About 16,000 Ohioans who have to rely on other people to help them in daily tasks ranging from getting out of bed to cooking meals will have to make different arrangements if legislators approve a proposal by Gov. John Kasich.Thousands of Medicaid-eligible Buckeye State residents who are ...

Raising awareness: Early intervention key with eating disorders

Local Columns

Next week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28. The focus this year is on early intervention because the earlier the problem is recognized, the better to prevent a full-blown eating disorder and the greater the chance for full recovery. (nedawareness.org)Everyone can make a ...

Community utilizes Salem Public Library

Local Columns

2014 was another successful year for Salem Public Library and we'd like to thank the community we serve for their continued support.The library again ranked in the top 12.5 percent of libraries nationally. We provided a vibrant collection of materials for the public, along with wonderful ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for a New Waterford street department worker. This passed along from Michael Tice Jr. of Wellsville whose vehicle was recently stuck in snow in a driveway. The street department worker saw him and returned with a tow hook to pull him out. We hear about a lot of kind gestures by nice ...

Work safety must be highest priority

Editorials

The number of workplace fatalities has been rising in Ohio, and federal officials say lack of training and attention may be at least partly to blame.Ohio has had an estimated 17 fatal workplace accidents since July. That's simply unacceptable.One of those accidents occurred in Niles when Daniel ...

Plan to help Ohio convicts kick drug habit makes sense

Editorials

Doing more to ensure that Ohio convicts who want help kicking drug addictions get it is not a particularly profound idea. It is just common sense.So is putting professionals in charge of the treatment.Buckeye State legislators should be receptive to Gov. John Kasich's proposal simply because it ...

Remembering Danny Krichbaum

Local Columns

The world lost a gentleman on February 3 when Dr. Daniel Krichbaum passed away. Danny graduated Salem High School in 1960, and subsequently took his baccalaureate degree from the College of Wooster, his master's from Union Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Wayne State University. He ...

Obama tax credits just disguise for new attack on coal

Editorials

Federal budget proposals, running to thousands of pages, can be used to deceive both members of Congress and the American people. As an example, consider an Associated Press report that President Barack Obama's budget proposal "would make up to $2 billion available in tax credits for technology ...

Your vote counts, but only if cast

Editorials

Voter turnout in Ohio often is abysmally low. Sometimes, important elections and referendums are decided by fewer than half the eligible voters.Those who stay away from the polls sometimes offer the excuse that their votes "don't matter."They do, as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted found in ...

Protect us from $4 trillion budget

Editorials

More and more of what Americans work hard to produce is being taken out of our pockets and sent to Washington. Runaway government growth means higher taxes for us and a collossal national debt to be paid off by our children and grandchildren.President Barack Obama wants to continue the trend of ...

What do you know…

Local Columns

What do you know about opioids?Opiates are the most effective severe pain relievers.Opiates are used to treat back pain, cancer, neuropathic pain and osteoarthritis.Opiates are extremely addictive.Opiates block pain signals to the brain (and can hide other serious health conditions.)The body ...