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Opinion

Questions for Green Township officials

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I wonder which of our Green Township officials suggested the township help cover the legal fees for Diane Less in reference to the proposed bike trail. It stands to reason when Green Township receives an invoice from Atty. Carl James, who is also Less’ attorney, will cover ...

Responds to columnist’s point of view

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Jules Witcover’s quote on your Dec. 14 opinion page stated, “They picked a common-sense straight arrow” referring to Biden. Martha Raditch, on Sunday’s ABC News stated, “inequivalently, this has been a free and fair election.” Really? Compare those opinions with, ...

Make COVID-19 battle a goal for the New Year

Editorials

Much of 2020 was like stopping on the curb before crossing a street, looking carefully both ways, then stepping out — and then getting hit by an airplane — as one observer who somehow held onto a sense of humor put it. It was not a good year for most people. Millions remain unemployed ...

Work of three senators helped head off politics

Editorials

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable for so long to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican ...

Ohio school funding reform vital in 2021

Editorials

It was in 1997 that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled the state’s system of funding public education was unconstitutional. Since then, attempt after attempt to come up with an adequate replacement has come up short. High hopes were expressed for a solution late last year, but General Assembly ...

US response to hack must be powerful

Editorials

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Appreciated Christmas editorial

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for J.D. Creer’s editorials on his Christmas memories from the past and present, and providing a road map of how to live your life that will be full of ups and downs. The emotions jumped off the page of his ...

Thankful for generosity of a Salem family

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On December 24, I was shopping a local super market (Aldi) with my sister. We were buying a few groceries for our elderly parents. While shopping and looking at all the holiday goodies and checking for deals I heard a man’s voice say “sir, sir, sir...” I was not paying ...

United Way Services expresses gratitude

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Board of Directors of United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County wish to express their deepest thanks and gratitude to all the individuals, businesses and corporations that have supported this fall’s annual campaign. This has been a uniquely difficult year, and we ...

What are you doing in 2021?

Local Columns

What are you going to do differently in 2021? Have you made any promises (aka resolutions) to yourself? We are talking about realistic goals for you to focus on for the next 12 months, achievable goals that contribute to your healthier, happier living; motivation to improve your way of life ...

Diet can play role in easing arthritis

Local Columns

While some forms of arthritis are genetic and cannot be prevented, people who suffer from other forms of the disease are able to control their symptoms through diet. Not only can certain foods contribute to the inflammation associated with many types of arthritic conditions, but other foods can ...

Have a happy day and wonderful year

Editorials

For most of us, today will be another day for family, friends, merriment and more good food. Beverages too, probably. Or perhaps you had too much of that last night into this morning. Just like the Christmas and Thanksgiving seasons, New Year’s day provides ample opportunity for many to get ...

Be smart and sober as a New Year arrives

Editorials

The message is one we feel obliged to repeat this time each year. There are some people across our country, across our state and across our own area who will awaken today with a brand new year in the offing helped along with a drink or more. There will be so much promise and anticipation for ...

Racial disparity in infant mortality rate concerning

Editorials

During 2019, the number of white infants who died in Ohio was the lowest in a decade. The number of Black infants who perished that year was higher than in 2018. That is a tragedy. It is unacceptable. Health care and public policy officials in Ohio have struggled for years to reduce infant ...

Veterans Administration pick must restore trust

Editorials

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. Some readers are familiar with are familiar with headline-making issues such as the ...

Repeal unconstitutional state income tax rule

Editorials

Some leaders of cities across our state and the Ohio Municipal League are arguing against attempts to change income tax laws that allow cities to collect tax from those working remotely, outside city boundaries. But state Sen. Kristina Roegner of Akron maintains workers should not be forced to ...

Time running out for repeal of HB 6

Editorials

For months, there has been widespread agreement in the Ohio Statehouse that House Bill 6, enacted in 2019, was a bad idea. It authorizes payment of about $1 billion in subsidies to energy companies, including nuclear and solar power interests, over a period of years. Electric customers would ...

Recovery: What it means to those most affected

Local Columns

Today, I hope you all have had a very nice Christmas Day and your family and friends remembered their masks and socially distanced around your Christmas Tree. I chose to look at my closing statement from a year ago, and obviously forecasted the wrong future when I stated: “wishing you and ...

Christmas words for my merry little gentlemen

Editorials

A rousing Christmas morning to all! Heartfelt greetings for the very old to the very young. This would include my father who has been on this blessed planet of ours as of today for some 35,712 days and counting. Give or take a Leap Year day. That covers all or parts of a dozen decades. This ...

Have a Merry Christmas!

Editorials

Merry Christmas to kids everywhere who tonight will squeeze tightly their eyes and strain to hear reindeer footsteps on the rooftop. They will finally fall asleep in a bed full of warmth and full of dreams. And Merry Christmas to all of us who wish we could still believe in a Santa ...