Opinion

What about the rights of an unborn child?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: God gave us death, but for death he gave us our greatest treasure, children. It takes on average a jury less than two weeks to decide the fate of a convicted murderer. The average return policy of a purchased item at a store is thirty days or less. Yet, the Supreme Court ...

Americans must have a clear picture of what is happening

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I cover financial markets for a living, and I've become accustomed to encountering dreary data about the current condition of the United States. I could provide an entire book's worth of data, but someone has already done that work for me, and he's even running for president in ...

The annual, irritating pothole season is here

Editorials

Now that we’ve gone through the most recent attack of snow and ice, a familiar scourge is once again visiting our area. The pothole. They’re everywhere. They’re on side streets and main roads. SCity roadways and highways that connect our cities and villages. Every driver has his or her ...

Find more money for Ohio highways

Editorials

Because nearly everyone who votes also drives a car or truck, most politicians are afraid to suggest increasing taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. Give new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for having the courage to do just that. DeWine wants legislators to increase fuel taxes by 18 cents per ...

Raising awareness of eating disorders

Local Columns

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is raising awareness about the problems of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia this week, Feb. 25 through March 3. The theme is “Come as you are.” The message of awareness is for everyone: “Come as you are, not as you think you ...

Enforce gun laws already on the books

Editorials

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled out ...

Judges will determine specific executive limits

Editorials

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is needed to erect new barriers ...

Warrants must be served more quickly

Editorials

Too often, we hear of violent crimes committed by people who ought to have been behind bars instead of finding new victims. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wants to do something about that in the Buckeye State. Last week, DeWine announced he has created a task force to look into how arrest warrants are ...

Why not pitch GM plant to Amazon?

Editorials

New Yorkers have shunned Amazon’s plans to bring tens of thousands of jobs to that city in the form of HQ2. At the same time, General Motors is preparing to idle its automaking plant here, leaving some 5 million square feet of plant vacant. As we see it, this presents a clear opportunity ...

Gratitude expressed for Salem Schools, community

Letters to the Editor

Gratitude expressed for Salem Schools, community To the editor: From grade three until graduation in 1952 I received my education in the Salem School System. Since then I earned undergraduate and graduate college degrees and eventually taught 25 years in higher education. I am writing this ...

Administrative review needed in ballot issues

Editorials

Environmental activists from seven Ohio community groups are suing several local and state governmental entities, including the Mahoning County Board of Elections, claiming constitutional rights violations because some ballot issues were blocked from appearing on election ballots. The civil ...

Parenting skills needs from the start

Local Columns

New babies are tiny, snuggable, huggable, sweet-smelling bundles that most everyone thinks are adorable. But they also make messy diapers, spit up all over you, cry a lot when they are uncomfortable or unhappy – and often when you want to get some sleep. They are in a constant state of change ...

Put McKinley on committee about climate

Editorials

Too much debate about climate change is driven by political correctness and anecdotes, not science. There is a way Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives can move toward greater balance. Among the first actions taken under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this ...

What is the national debt breaking point?

Editorials

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

‘Drive It Home Ohio’ steered by optimism

Editorials

The coalition trying to save the General Motors plant in Lordstown is called "Drive It Home Ohio." Drive it did as the group ventured via bus to Columbus Wednesday. Meeting with state lawmakers and top-level officials were over a dozen representatives of the coalition. This included elected ...

YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Letters to the Editor

Appreciates gesture by the Salem Honor Guard To the editor: I would like to thank the Salem Honor Guard for honoring my dad (Daniel Sanor) at his memorial service on Feb. 8. I had never been at a service in which the honor guard was present and it was a beautiful ceremony and send off for my ...

Top Dem contenders are too radical left

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour to New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, improved ...

Sadly, race relations still are challenging

Editorials

It is easy to understand why some Virginians may not have paid the same amount of attention as they would in a normal year to the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday. Residents of the Old Dominion had their own political preoccupation last week. Credit Gov. Ralph Northam for ...

Take time to reflect on Black History Month

Editorials

Black History Month 2019 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “Black Migrations” is the theme from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the ...