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Opinion

Issue 1 merits support

Editorials

Seldom is the process of redrawing political district lines for purposes of electing state and federal legislators accomplished without allegations of gerrymandering. All too often they are grounded in efforts by whichever party is in power to gain advantage through redistricting.Ohioans have ...

Ohioans should vote ‘yes’ for Issue 2, ‘no’ for Issue 3

Editorials

When more than 90 Ohio delegates gathered in 1851 for a constitutional convention to update and create a new state constitution - the document that was to be held as the fundamental law for Ohio - it is doubtful they intended for this important document ever to be used to promote and legalize ...

Both Democrat and Republican Chairs: Yes to Salem streets measure

Local Columns

How rare is it that voters are given the opportunity to actually vote on the rate at which they will be taxed?How rare is it that they get the chance to limit the time period of any given tax rate?And, finally, how rare is it that voters can even earmark 100 percent of the revenues generated by ...

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Letters to the Editor

Mayor Berlin urges support for streets levyTo the editor:Voters of Salem, please unite with me, all eight members of city council, the Democratic Party Leadership, and the Republican Party Leadership in their request for your "yes" vote for passage of the 1/4 percent streets levy on the Nov. 3 ...

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Letters to the Editor

Ten-year commitment to schools is intolerableTo the editor:Many years ago Salem's school board put a 10-year renewal on the ballot with the result being an overwhelming defeat and the resounding defeat of incumbents seeking re-election. We taxpayers are now faced with the same insane ...

Don’t be a dope and fall for Issue 3

Editorials

Thoughtful Ohio voters would not think of granting a monopoly to a few people to grow corn and sell it on the wholesale market. That would be unfair to thousands of others either in farming of thinking of going into agriculture. It also would be likely to drive corn prices higher than ...

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Letters to the Editor

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce backs mental health levyTo the editior:The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is asking voters to support the .3 mill Mental Health and Recovery Renewal Levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.The Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services (CCMHRS) board uses levy ...

North Korea strategy is just not working

Editorials

U.S.officials are eager to conclude an Iran-style deal to prompt North Korea to scrap its nuclear arsenal, President Barack Obama said last recently. He added, however, that Pyongyang would have to "be prepared to have a serious conversation," including ways of verifying compliance.That is ...

Visit to Colorado reaffirms ‘don’t legalize marijuana’

Local Columns

As a former county prosecutor, I feel that the best way to get the truth about something is to get out and observe it firsthand. Ohioans will vote on a Constitutional amendment to authorize recreational marijuana on Nov.3, so I decided to take a trip to Colorado, where they've legalized ...

Ohio addresses human trafficking

Local Columns

Ohio is ranked fourth in the nation for strengthening its human trafficking laws. The state is fifth in the nation for the underground crime, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office 2015 report on human trafficking. The report and the efforts to prevent such exploitation give a great ...

Paving the way for a better Salem

Editorials

Do you regularly drive along Second Street in Salem? Perhaps Third Street? If so you must be delighted to be driving on the recently-paved roads. No more potholes. No more vehicles getting beat up. No more playing dodge 'em while averting holes and jagged edges. Yep, smooth as a baby's .... ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Perhaps the highest calling a board of elections officer assumes when sworn into office is that of preserving the integrity of county and local elections. The checks and balance of having both major political parties represented on the board, and on the elections board staff, is ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On Saturday, Oct. 10 scarecrows were set up in front of the Salem Public Library and the Salem Memorial Building. This "Scarecrow Contest" began last year, and is scheduled to be one of our featured events every year in the "Go Wild in the Park" program, presented by the Salem ...

Avoid ruining reform plan for Youngstown

Editorials

State officials - along with the community in Youngstown - have an opportunity to establish a model for turning around failing schools in Ohio. It should not be thrown away.During the summer, legislators fed up with decades of unfulfilled pledges of education reform in Youngstown quietly passed ...

Test scores lagging despite technology

Local Columns

For decades, there has been a vision of an education system transformed by technology. Many have believed, or at least hoped, that the combined power of hardware, software and the Internet would vastly improve student performance.This vision has many facets, including schools with a level ...

Ignoring Iran’s real nuclear track record

Editorials

President Barack Obama and champions of his nuclear weapons "deal" with Iran continue to insist, in effect, that if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it isn't necessarily a duck.Despite ongoing evidence Iran is engaged in an all-out military hardware buildup, the ...

O’Malley promises 3rd Obama term!

Editorials

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had little chance of winning the Democrat Party's nomination for president prior to the Tuesday debate among the contenders. Hours before taking the stage, however, he managed to erase any possibility of attracting millions of votes.On Tuesday, O'Malley's ...

Is economic equality a moral imperative?

Editorials

Apparently, federal officials who hand states millions of dollars for charter schools do not pay much attention to what is going on with charter schools in those states. Otherwise, someone in Washington might have asked a question - "Hey, isn't that the same guy who ...?" - before approving a ...

Senior Services: Everyone needs a little help sometimes

Local Columns

What if it was within your power to provide better services to the elderly in Columbiana County who are at risk of harm? What if your help made it easier for the elderly to remain safe in their homes for a longer period of time because home is better than a nursing home? Would you be willing to ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for Salem's football program. It's been a long time coming. The Quakers were unbeaten heading into Friday's game - this was written prior - against Alliance. Next up are two huge games with perennial power Louisville and talented rival West Branch. The Quakers are poised to seal a playoff ...