×

Opinion

Help support our downtown efforts

Editorials

In today's edition, we announced that a new business is coming to our downtown area. "Coaches, Burgers and Fries" is to open Oct. 19. It will join the recently-opened Boneshakers at the Timberlanes Complex as new entries into our downtown landscape.It is encouraging to see a stronger pulse ...

OUR READERS WRITE…

Letters to the Editor

Family Recovery Center hosting a night to combat drug abuseTo the editor:We are being hammered daily with news of the most recent local overdoses, deaths due to the use of drugs, and increasing number of calls from parents and grandparents. You ask: What can I do? These calls are concerning ...

Remember to check your voting status

Editorials

Ohio is always a crucial state in determining the outcome of a presidential election. Next month will be no different. Buckeye State voters are being courted by all sides, as they are considered key to choosing the next president.But Ohio elections officials have a problem. As U.S. Election ...

OTHER VOICES

Editorials

Revelations of mismanagement, waste and outright criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs have become a regular thing. From veterans forced to wait weeks or months to see VA doctors to outrageous spending by the agency, the VA is an ongoing train wreck.Quickly, now: How many VA ...

Ohio must pick a test and stick to it

Editorials

No teacher in his or her right mind would spend months preparing students to take a specific test, then give them an entirely different examination. It is a recipe for failure.But Ohio public education officials have done something much like that on a statewide scale.State "report card" ...

ADHD drugs risky competition with opioids

Local Columns

When "Eddie" shared a story with his parents, and they repeated it to friends, it sounded amusing. But it indicated a growing problem: abuse of ADHD drugs. He and his friends were studying for final exams and, given the nature of college studies for many students, a night of cramming was on ...

National Recovery Month celebrated

Local Columns

Every year, during the month of September, National Recovery Month is celebrated.The purpose is to raise awareness about behavioral health conditions and promote the belief that behavioral health is essential to health, and that treatment is effective.People do recover from mental illness or ...

Taxpayer-funded charter schools need scrutinized

Editorials

Some proponents of taxpayer-funded charter schools are outspoken critics of public education. But a few, in making excuses for their own failures to perform, sound very much like they are part of the problem, too.State officials in Ohio have begun holding charter schools accountable both for ...

Stopping violence involving children

Editorials

Thirteen-year-old children should not die of gunshot wounds. That is such a self-evident proposition that debating it would be absurd.Yet they and even younger children are killed by gunfire regularly in cities throughout the United States. Sometimes they are innocent bystanders mowed down by ...

Politicians who won’t face reality

Editorials

Less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, residents of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were under attack again.Just last weekend, a man wielding a knife asked potential victims if they were Muslims and talked about Allah before injuring eight people at the Mall ...

OUR READERS WRITE…

Letters to the Editor

Some sage advice for all AmericansTo the editor:How to make America great:1. Learn the Star Spangled Banner. Sing it proudly. You're an American. Remove your hat, stand respectfully. You are a role model to children watching you.2. Find a church in your neighborhood. Attend it regularly. Join ...

Clinton not cure for sluggish economy

Editorials

Applications for unemployment benefits were up during the first week of September. Retail sales slumped in August. Manufacturing was down in many areas of the country.Despite the White House's touting of statistics chosen very selectively in an attempt to show the U.S. economy is recovering ...

Why no registry of convicted murderers?

Editorials

We hear the horror stories over and over again. A brutal crime is committed. After police make an arrest, it is revealed the perpetrator has been in trouble before for an act of violence. Within his community, no one knew.Had they been aware of the man's record - and yes, in such cases the ...

The election of 2016 continues to move farther away from traditional candidacies, perhaps reflecting the instant information age of the Internet as much as that of the mind set of the candidates themselves. Recent days were focused on the long-term health

Editorials

The election of 2016 continues to move farther away from traditional candidacies, perhaps reflecting the instant information age of the Internet as much as that of the mind set of the candidates themselves.Recent days were focused on the long-term health of Hillary Clinton after the Democrat ...

National Recovery Month: Getting a toe hold

Local Columns

If you visit the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) website, you can find a lot of information about National Recovery Month which traditionally is observed during the month of September. One of the links will take you to stories from people who have struggled ...

Showing disdain for ‘coal people’

Editorials

Poor Bill Clinton. He has forgotten where he came from, and joined the chorus of liberal elites who believe folks from this part of the country are the last group it is socially acceptable to mock.Speaking near Pittsburgh last week, Clinton got some laughs when he referred to "the coal people," ...

OUR READERS WRITE…

Letters to the Editor

Mother who lost daughter on 9-11 expresses thanksTo the editorI want to extend my heart felt appreciation for the outstanding coverage given for the 15th year of 9-11-01.All those involved did a professional job and you must be proud!I cannot express personally to all the people who were kind ...

IRS commissioner will go scot-free

Editorials

Even when egregious misbehavior occurs among federal officials, the punishment often is light or non-existent. So it will be with Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen.Some members of Congress want to impeach Koskinen. Their effort will fail because Democrats on Capitol Hill will ...

Remembering a friend of the Salem Schools

Local Columns

My colleague and friend Al Hays, head custodian at Salem High School, passed away on Labor Day, and our school district is a lonelier place without him. No headlines on the nightly news, no obituary in national journals or newspapers reported Al's passing, but his legacy will extend for a long, ...