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Opinion

What is Love?

Local Columns

A minister preached about romantic love. He held a master’s degree in math … logic. He said we don’t fall in and out of love. We chooseto love … or not. You may want to ponder that for a bit. Merriam-Webster says love is a strong affection for another person rising out of kinship or ...

Enjoy your coffee — in moderation

Local Columns

For many older adults, coffee is a part of their daily routine that has carried on from their younger years. Those seniors take comfort in a hot cup of coffee as a part of their lifestyle that they can still hold on to when they have been forced to give up so many other things that they loved ...

Democratic tech fell well short in caucuses

Editorials

Patience, urged Republican Party officials in Iowa earlier this week. Give the Democrats time to ensure results of political party caucuses on nominees for president are reported accurately. Give GOP officials credit for adopting a “there but for the grace of God go I” policy. But ...

Lower-yield nukes needed for security

Editorials

For generations, the U.S. nuclear arsenal was viewed as the ultimate deterrent. No one would dare attack us, we thought, out of fear of massive retaliation. But deterrence requires that a potential foe believe we might use powerful weapons. The very strength of some nuclear devices makes that ...

Continue to rate schools from A-F

Editorials

Ohio public education officials are talking about how the state’s “report card” system of rating schools can be improved. No doubt the evaluations can be made better. But one thing should stay the same. Letter grades, from A-F, are used to rate how well schools are doing in various ...

Leave fireworks rules alone in Ohio

Editorials

Why is it that some laws intended to protect the public result in accusations that legislators who refuse to repeal them are being spoilsports? Ohio’s ban on many types of “consumer fireworks” is an example. While many states, including West Virginia, have rescinded such prohibitions, ...

Fed funding not a full solution

Editorials

It is encouraging to hear news of a $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund meant to help areas including in our region get broadband access. But before we get too wide-eyed about that figure, take note of something U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, said. There are 215,000 eligible points ...

Substance use disorder issue for older adults

Local Columns

A gentleman fell on ice. He spent several hours at the emergency room to assure that he was not seriously injured. The injuries proved to be minor but painful. The ER doctor prescribed medication for the pain. The man requested Vicodin, an opioid. His wife worried about him taking the ...

Ensure security of patient records

Editorials

Ohio’s medicinal marijuana program seemed to be operating without a hitch — until last week. Then, a Seattle internet privacy company revealed it had been able to access confidential information online about more than 30,000 medicinal marijuana patients in several states. The company, ...

Crackdown displays the right attitude

Editorials

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. A week ago Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two ...

Here is some good news to appreciate

Editorials

While there is plenty of bad news around the world when we talk about the health of plant and animal species — some are endangered, others are pests ... some are gone forever — researchers stumbled upon something surprising last year in Ohio. According to the Ohio Department of Natural ...

Celebrating Saint Paul School and Catholic Schools Week

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Once again this year, Saint Paul School (SPS) will observe National Catholic Schools Week. The celebration is from January 26 through February 1. The theme for 2020 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” As a proud member of the SPS Class of 1962, I’d ...

Americans are owed complete Senate trial

Editorials

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by Democrat ...

Addiction can happen to anyone

Local Columns

What do you want to know about drug and alcohol use? What do you needto know? You can find a thorough resource about the effects of addiction on the brain at https://teens.,drugabuse.gov/teens/drug-facts. Youth — indeed everyone – needs to be educated about drug and alcohol use and ...

Combating symptoms of Sundowning

Local Columns

Sundowning, or Sundown Syndrome, is a condition affecting older adults in which they may become agitated, aggressive or confused as natural sunlight starts to fade at the end of the day. While it is primarily found in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, it can occur ...

Navy paying a long-deserved tribute to a World War II hero

Editorials

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

Mayor Berlin writes regarding RITA

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is time for Salem to join the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) and over 300 other Ohio communities in their joint effort to reduce the cost of income tax collection. From the first day income tax collection began over 60 years ago in Salem the possibility of ...

Police chief fails leadership test

Editorials

Many questioned the leadership decisions Port Clinton police Chief Rob Hickman made in the days immediately after the Dilly family reported 14-year-old Harley Dilly missing. Port Clinton is located along Lake Erie, about 35 miles east of Toledo. The chief of that community appeared to lack ...

RITA should come before a vote in the Nov. election

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I'm writing this letter to the residents and voters of the city of Salem. While this letter is in response to a letter to the editor made by Councilwoman Dickey published Jan. 17, my letter is more of a plea to all of you — those against RITA, those for RITA and those ...

Honoring Dr. King and a wish for unity among us

Editorials

During the past few years, it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. Example: allegations that some law enforcement officers and agencies treat African-Americans differently than whites have brought to the surface complaints that had simmered for ...