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Opinion

Council candidate delivers his message

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When I first decided to run for Salem City Council, Councilman Geoff Goll tried to bully me out of running. His message was recorded on voice mail. Now, when I attend Council meetings, there is a Democrat official that sits in the back row of every single council meeting, ...

Providing SUPPORT against the opioid addiction scourge

Local Columns

As a member of the Presidential Task Force on Opioids, I’ve witnessed firsthand President Trump’s commitment to address and eliminate the scourge of opioid addiction. It’s no secret that Ohio, particularly Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, has been hit particularly hard by the opioid ...

Ohio schools, communities focus on bus safety this week

Local Columns

COLUMBUS—Every day in Ohio 800,000 children ride more than 15,000 school buses between their homes and schools. School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of Ohio’s children, and National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 21-25, serves as a reminder for students, parents, ...

Science proves rethinking issues finds new answers

Editorials

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Risk and resilience: Effects of adverse childhood experiences

Local Columns

In a recent conversation, someone suggested that many people are damaged in childhood. Then they spend the rest of their lives trying to fix it. The words instigate some profound thought. Everyone is a product of the environment in which they grew up and childhood experiences help to form the ...

Get ready people: It’s flu season

Local Columns

Frost has shown up on the pumpkins and it won’t be long before the air is cold, the wind is biting, and the rain and snow associated with the cold months of the year will be around us. It’s time to prepare for flu season which typically begins this month. It’s time to visit the Columbiana ...

Don’t promote opioids despite alternatives

Editorials

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

S.O.S. Save our streets!

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Wow! The streets in Salem in 2014 were a mess and the citizens of Salem did something about them. City Council passed an ordinance putting forth a ballot for a 0.25% income tax increase, restricted to 5 years and limited purpose to cover streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, ...

Thanks for supporting the Downtown Dining Experience

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The success of the recent Downtown Dining Experience is a reflection of the ever increasing dedication and enthusiasm of the restaurants and businesses. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Northern Columbiana County would like to personally thank ...

Council member: RITA makes sense for Salem

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Tuesday, Oct. 1 the Salem City Council Finance Committee made the decision to move forward with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), by at least having a vote of the full council. After two years of discussion it is time. After two years of those in-depth discussions, it ...

Debate is on about personal liberties and gun control

Editorials

Nothing Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine proposed Monday has not been discussed previously, in one form or another. That makes it certain that the governor’s agenda will be the subject of sustained, sometimes fierce, debate. Personal liberties and gun control are the subjects, after all. After a ...

When a veteran struggles with suicide

Local Columns

You probably have a military veteran in your family or among your friends and neighbors. You watched that young person grow up and go off to serve their country. And maybe you prayed for that young person’s safety often when you learned he or she was going to a country where there is war ...

Digital mammography offered by county health

Local Columns

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Columbiana County Health District wants to remind women to get their mammograms and to routinely conduct self-breast exams. County residents can take advantage of digital mammograms offered through the health department’s Cancer Detection ...

Voters do their part in ‘purge’

Editorials

Possessing the right to vote carries with it responsibilities as well as a great privilege. During the past few months, more than 40,000 Ohioans have recogized and acted upon that. Like chief election officers in many other states, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has recognized the need ...

Reminder about the importance of flu shots

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Fall is here and children have all went back to school. Flu-season will soon be here too. Nobody likes to see his or her loved ones sick, so let us all do our part in preventing the spreading of the virus. It is important to get your flu shot, especially before everyone is ...

Preventing suicide among our children

Editorials

Public schools already are overwhelmed with mandates requiring them to devote time and resources to special initiatives. Now, the Ohio House of Representatives wants middle and high schools to do more to prevent suicide among children. Do we really need that? Judge for yourself: Suicide is ...

U.S. must prioritize mining to win clean energy race

Local Columns

Right now, the United States and China are competing to capture the production of advanced energy technologies like solar panels, electric cars, and lithium-ion batteries. And unfortunately, China is winning. The hard truth is that China has already captured much of the renewable energy ...

Intimidating those active in politics not acceptable

Editorials

Attempting to intimidate people who are taking active parts in politics is not acceptable. Period. It appears to be happening in some areas of Ohio, however. A bill signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this year is at the root of the problem. Known as House Bill 6, the measure will ...

October: Recognize domestic violence

Local Columns

“Callie” paced the floor. Her mother had left her in charge of her siblings while she hid the family car. Callie worried that her mother would not get home before her father, that she would have to face him and deal with his anger. And he would be angry. Her mother did not arrive home ...