Opinion

US election integrity is of utmost importance

Editorials

Oh, no, county-level election officials in Ohio may be thinking. Not another mandate from Columbus. Indeed there is one — and it is of critical importance. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county boards of elections to upgrade security against cyberattacks. Knowledge of the ...

‘Happy birthday’ rings throughout our 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 ...

GUEST COLUMN: Bring people together this Independence Day

Local Columns

As any grocer knows particularly well, the days leading up to the Fourth of July are filled with excitement and anticipation of the festivities to come. In our store, we see it as an opportunity to help make sure the people in our community have everything they need to partake in the family ...

Fighting resurgence of meth and cocaine

Local Columns

Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that’s been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June of 2017 to June of 2018, we saw 21 percent drop in overdose deaths, the highest percentage decrease in the nation for the most recent time period for ...

Fighting resurgence of meth and cocaine

Local Columns

Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that’s been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June of 2017 to June of 2018, we saw 21 percent drop in overdose deaths, the highest percentage decrease in the nation for the most recent time period for ...

Find ways to slow fetal deaths

Editorials

Across the country, one in 167 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth. That translates to a fetal mortality rate in the U.S. of about 3.98 per 1,000 pregnancies. But in Ohio, the rate is 4.39 per 1,000. Ohio’s Department of Health is working to do something about that, and has partnered with ...

Extreme heat: Slow down and drink more water

Local Columns

The heat is on. The thermometer is climbing around us, reaching close to the 90s again, and the humidity can make it even more uncomfortable. Even if you are an avid Pokemon Go fan, you still need to be aware of the risks of heat-related illness. Extreme heat is defined by www.ready.gov as ...

Use common sense while handling fireworks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Phantom Fireworks hopes everyone has an enjoyable and safe family Independence Day celebration.  If you plan to use consumer fireworks, please use them safely.  Phantom’s primary safety tips are:  Use Basic Common Sense  — The fireworks products burn hot & ...

Bridging the gap of benefits cliff in Ohio

Editorials

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20 percent of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with ...

Preventing attacks on religion in U.S.

Local Columns

By MIKE MEYER Executive Editor, The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register We in modern America must be doing pretty well for ourselves. Otherwise, why would some of us be preoccupied with imagining threats that don’t really exist to our freedom, health and wellbeing? U.S. Supreme ...

Monitor kids around the pool

Editorials

Pool season is in full swing, with children and adults laughing and screaming. But the laughing and screaming of children playing in the water can quickly turn tragic. More than 300 children younger than age 5 drown every year in swimming pool accidents across the country, and more than 3,200 ...

Yes, the election season is upon us

Editorials

Anyone who thinks that the campaign seasons have gotten longer and longer during the past several election cycles has certainly had his or her suspicions confirmed this year. Last week , for example, President Donald Trump officially said that he would be seeking re-election in 2020. This ...

I am proud to have supported HB 6

Local Columns

Recently in the Ohio House of Representatives I voted to pass Ohio House Bill 6. This legislation passed with 10 Democratic votes in a rare but important demonstration of bipartisan cooperation. While it seems the two parties in Washington can find little to nothing to work together on, here in ...

An update on Alzheimer’s

Local Columns

After the recent article about Alzheimer’s, when I shared some of my family’s experience with Alzheimer’s, I received an invitation from the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, to attend an event in Ravenna with the opportunity to sit down, one-on-one, to talk with ...

Info meeting on health care and aging planned

Local Columns

My position as a state representative allows me to meet with advocacy groups that represent a variety of organizations ranging from local funding and farming to education and health care. Many times, these meetings provide me with information on resources available at the local level for the ...

Legislation could weaken push for help

Editorials

Lawmakers who have introduced legislation to reduce the seriousness of drug possession crimes should rethink their plan, largely because it takes away often needed options for prosecutors and judges. Senate Bill 3, a criminal justice reform bill introduced in February by Ohio Senators Sean ...

Reaction to editorial on Iran

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In an editorial published on Wednesday, the author argued that concrete evidence showing that Iran attacked oil tankers in the Gulf must be established before there is any military action by the United States against the country. This is absolutely right. However, the author, ...

Understanding is a real key with political dealings

Editorials

It has become obvious that unbending partisanship leads only to gridlock in Washington. Gaining a name for willingness to listen to those of the opposite party rather than dismiss them out of hand because of their formal political allegiance is the way to get things done in Congress. Ohioans ...

Measles: A highly contagious, serious disease

Local Columns

By Cathy Thomas Brownfield Health District publicist Many people think measles is a harmless rash. If you grew up during the era when vaccine was in development, when everyone got measles, you may remember having to stay in your room, the windows darkened to protect your eyes. You and your ...

Words from a true champion!

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Dear Salem community and Columbiana County residents, My name is Maria Sargent. I recently competed in the Scripps National Bee, May 26-31, as your representative. My goal was to bring home the trophy to honor my family, friends, school, city, county and state. Though I studied ...