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Opinion

Weight management: Beating down obesity and getting healthy

Local Columns

Weight management is big business in the United States. What shoppers and their families consume, how much regular exercise is taken, emotional status, physical condition, are all factors in the weight game that many Americans are playing as they try to be fit and healthy with the resources ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses to the stranger picking up the meal tab for a Vietnam veteran whom he had just met at a local restaurant. ?Nice gesture.Roses, submitted, to the person in the Salem?McDonald's finding a wallet that was lost by an elderly gentleman from Youngstown. The wallet was returned intact - no ...

Don’t stall on charter schools

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers did little to refute criticism from those who view the Buckeye State's regulation of charter schools as a bit of a joke when House of Representatives members simply headed home and decided to wait until the fall to sort out an issue the state Senate had already ...

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Letters to the Editor

Upset with condition of Centennial Park playgroundTo the editor:My name is Gray Buta and I would like to express my concern for the worn out condition of the wooden playground in Centennial Park. It's a really great place to meet new kids and hang out with friends. Sadly, many parts of the ...

Those who can afford it should pay

Editorials

Simply handing someone a health insurance policy free of charge, even if they could afford to pay a little for it out of their own pocket, makes no sense.First, it gives the beneficiary no financial incentive to take responsibility for his own health. Second, it places an unneeded burden on ...

Amending Ohio Constitution should not be restricted

Editorials

Ohio legislators are right to be concerned about a proposal to legalize marijuana. As the proposed constitutional amendment is written, it would make legal drug lords out of a few investors.But for all the talk from politicians about trusting the people to make good decisions, this appears to ...

Youngstown schools CEO plan worth it

Editorials

The Youngstown City School District has been failing in areas of academic achievement for far too long, and the time is right for the state Legislature to adopt a plan to move the district in a new direction.While we have some concerns with the speed in which the legislation was passed through ...

VA offical who blew whistle on long waits retiring

Editorials

Perhaps the most important person in the Department of Veterans Affairs is retiring, leaving behind a long list of critics. Some say he did not do his job well enough. Others dislike him because he did it too well.Robert J. Griffin is retiring after 43 years in government, most recently as ...

EPA continues to grab power

Editorials

Situations in which the Environmental Protection Agency harasses Americans, often individuals and small business owners, are numerous. But too often for the agency's liking, the "little people" fight back.Michigan developer John Rapanos did in 1989. He wanted to build a shopping center on 54 ...

Ohio right on renewables

Editorials

Renewable portfolio standards were quite trendy for state governments a while back. In fact, 30 states now have in place mandates that require greater use of energy sources such as wind or solar. But it appears Ohio has made the right move in suspending its RPS."Renewable portfolio standards ...

Independence forever in our grand nation!

Editorials

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God ...

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Letters to the Editor

Rail yard expansion would come at what cost?To the editor:One of the manifestations of the fracking epidemic that we are now witnessing in eastern Ohio is the sprawling rail yard that is served by a spur leading off the Norfolk & Southern tracks west of the village of Columbiana.The ...

Scare tactics again with Obamacare

Editorials

Scare tactics have been an integral part of the liberal strategy for attempting to foist the deeply flawed Obamacare scheme on the American people. So it was last week after the Supreme Court ruled a part of the health care takeover affecting about 8.7 million new Medicaid clients is ...

Yes, Charleston could happen here

Editorials

Days after the carnage in Charleston, S.C., it's still difficult to fathom what happened.How could someone be so filled with hate? How could the gunman open fire on defenseless people who welcomed him into their church Bible study. Why that church? Why? Why?To their credit the people of ...

More and better training will build police relations

Editorials

Ohio law enforcement leaders have three important opportunities - to save lives in the Buckeye State, serve as a model for doing the same nationwide and find new ways of molding all-important relationships with communities.Several situations in which police officers were accused of using ...

Closing a failed school to start over may be best plan

Editorials

Closing a school because it is failing students and the community should be the last resort of education reformers. But it should not be rejected altogether, a study in Ohio indicates.Simply shutting a school down and moving students elsewhere certainly is a challenge. For one thing, ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for pending work being done on the overpass. Any street improvements in our city should be embraced. Sure there will be the annoyances that come with traffic re-routing and the residents on Pershing will be seeing increased traffic flow. But you can't have it both ways. We will trade ...

Think Obama’s bad? Hillary will turn out lights

Editorials

Hillary Clinton has made it crystal clear that if Ohioans and West Virginians think President Barack Obama has been bad for them, they haven't seen anything yet.Clinton told cheering supporters in New York City last weekend that she plans, in effect, to expand Obama's war on coal and affordable ...

VA staffers bought prosthetics on credit

Editorials

It turns out that more than $54 million worth of prosthetic arms and legs purchased one at a time by Department of Veterans Affairs employees - charged on purchasing cards at $24,999 apiece - may be just the tip of a very dirty, expensive iceberg.Earlier this month, it was reported employees of ...

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Letters to the Editor

Resident wants city to have drug dogTo the editor:I attended Salem City Council's "public forum" the other night. The topic was to be about drug dogs and street improvements. These are two things that ought to be top priorities with city council and the mayor. But are they?Assuming that ...