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Opinion

Healthy aging: Holding on to independence

Local Columns

“J” is a familiar face. She walks briskly every day and has for years. She presents the picture of good health, of taking care of herself. “M” bought a new, pretty, red car. She’s planning to get cataract surgery behind her so she can drive that little beauty. Sidelined with some ...

“As Long As We Believe”

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “We all have our own separate paths to take....our own destinations to choose...we all have our own contributions to make...our own special talents to use...we all have our own kind of life to pursue...have our own kind of dreams to be weaving...and we all have the power to ...

OSU wage bump is an exception

Editorials

Ohio State University has announced that, beginning next year, it will be raising its own minimum wage to $15 per hour — apparently jumping on the trendy number embraced by precisely zero state governments right now (though Washington, D.C. comes closest at a $14 per hour minimum wage in ...

The drug abuse devil does exist

Local Columns

The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist,” wrote French poet Charles Baudelaire in the mid-19th century. Since then, the line has been paraphrased many times, including in the 1995 film, “The Usual Suspects.” Clearly, the purveyors of death we know as ...

Ohio Dept. of Ag backs our farmers

Editorials

Ohio farmers are a proud and hardy bunch, accustomed to facing challenges without much assistance. For many of them, the idea of asking for help is difficult to process. It is a mindset the Ohio Farm Bureau is working to adjust with the campaign #gotyourback. Ohio farmers have not had an easy ...

Temporary pause in purge is prudent

Editorials

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose indeed is required by law to oversee a cleanup of voter registration lists in the state’s 88 counties. However, reports of serious errors in the process suggest pausing it for a time may not be a bad idea. Some Democratic Party leaders, in a pattern seen ...

Show support for Chinese protesters

Editorials

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Trouble in Texas hints at wider power shortages

Local Columns

In recent years, Texas has become a bellwether for advances in wind turbines and renewable energy. The wide-open, breezy Texas panhandle offers some of the best wind resources in the country. But some surprising shortfalls are emerging in Texas' electricity production-and that could prove ...

Rethink breaks for drug firms

Editorials

What is now public in the past two weeks, what these pharmaceutical companies have done, there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that they are responsible. … There is no doubt that they knew these drugs were addictive; there is no doubt they lied to the public … for a long period of ...

Workplace violence: Always be prepared

Local Columns

Today is Labor Day, the official last day of summer. We can still barbecue for a while yet, but, we all know that the days are getting shorter; the seasons are going to change. So enjoy the holiday. Everyone doesn’t have the day off. Police officers, EMTs, firefighters, emergency rooms, ...

Writing in support of Bob Sebo

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Three in a row! Three letters to the editor disparaging the name change at Sebo Stadium. Three local leaders unhappy wi…wait, hold on a second. They live where? Indiana, Connecticut, Texas. My goodness! Let me get this straight: I’m supposed to entertain a lecture ...

Thankful for support of the new Quakertown Trolley

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Salem community for the strong support in bringing our new Quakertown Trolley to Salem. Our original trolley has been used for many occasions; weddings, tours, reunions, family events, educational development, etc. It ...

Disagrees with editorial on Medicare for All

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In an editorial on Medicare for All, the author argues that such a system is undesirable because 1. contrary to what its supporters say, it is not actually free, 2. it would likely lead to health care rationing, and 3. it would limit health care options. I address each of ...

Dismayed over the Salem stadium name change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am dismayed at the announcement that I read in the Salem News regarding the renaming of Reilly Stadium to Sebo Stadium. I feel that an important part of Salem history is being lost for the sake of a few dollars. The citizens of Salem have been supporting the stadium since ...

Recognition for Jack Yarnell is well deserved

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Congratulations to the Salem City Parks Board/Commission for recognizing Jack Yarnell by proclamation, news coverage, and well-deserved, prominently placed plaque at the Orashan Bandshell. Jack has been, is, and will be forever linked to the legacy of Howard O. Pardee and ...

Back story on retiring Quakertown Trolley

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In a conversation with Dale Shafer and the Salem Retail & Business Association in the year of 2002, it was brought to our attention by Dale Shafer (Salem’s historian) that Boston, Mass. and Salem, Ohio both claimed to be the first to have trolley transportation. Dale ...

Medicare for all not as good as it sounds

Editorials

“Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful it, until they learned and thought more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now, some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for ...

Connect with your children

Local Columns

Adolescents. They look so grown up on the outside, don’t they? They can be very responsible, mature, taking on challenges. But inside they still are adolescents – kids – and still have life-coping skills to learn. Sometimes grown-ups don’t think about such things. We see a tall, ...

A reader’s insight into the stadium name switch

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: According to the information at this archived link on the Wayback Machine, https://web.archive.org/web/20150920152910/http://www.salemohiohistory.com/HistoryMakers/General-Reilly.aspx, the land on which Reilly/Sebo Stadium now stands was purchased by the Salem Board of ...

Trump should just consider a discussion with Beijing

Editorials

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such ...