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Opinion

Transparency needed with church scandals

Editorials

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore last week. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who is archbishop of the Galveston-Houston diocese, is ending a three-year term as ...

Study the starting times for schools

Editorials

More and more, we insist that government needs to solve all our problems and do it right now. State legislators sometimes cave in to such demands and, all too often, the result is ill-considered new rules. There is general agreement among many experts in the health of children that too many ...

Recognize heroism from World War II

Editorials

Heroism virtually unimaginable for most of us was commonplace during World War II. Four hundred seventy-two men and women performed deeds so courageous and selfless that they were honored with the Medal of Honor. Just two of those representatives of the Greatest Generation remain among us ...

Adoption: Making an impact

Editorials

Though perhaps better known for founding a fast-food restaurant chain, the late Dave Thomas was also one of the Ohio’s most high-profile adoption success stories. Now, the foundation that bears his name is celebrating a milestone: more than 1,000 successful adoptions from foster care in Ohio ...

Thank you, caregivers

Local Columns

“Thank you, Grandma, for taking care of me.” That child is now 23 years old. At the time he might have been 4 years old. I said to him, “I will take care of you now and when I am old and can’t take care of myself, you can take care of me. OK?” “I will, Grandma.” He didn’t ...

Carseats: Safety for the little ones out there

Local Columns

Parents usually do what they perceive to be important to assure the safety of their children. There are so many things to consider. Sometimes, though, there just aren’t enough resources available to them to provide everything the child needs. There isn’t any reason for a young child in the ...

The beauty and benefits of music therapy

Local Columns

Music to their ears Top songs used by music therapists 1940s “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” “My Wild Irish Rose” “Don’t Fence Me In” 1950s “Tennessee Waltz” “Hey Good Lookin” “Love Me Tender” ...

How safe is the U.S. power grid?

Local Columns

At any one time, the United States uses more than 400,000 megawatts of electricity. That's a lot of power, and it takes a lot of non-stop work to keep it flowing. But how safe is America's power grid from cyber attacks and other disruptions? Cyber intrusions are no longer a theoretical ...

Enforcement tools are needed in ‘Tyler’s Law’

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers have taken necessary measures to strengthen safety inspection standards for amusement rides, and the move is important for residents who want to be able to enjoy themselves at our fairs and festivals without the worry of a dangerous malfunction. It should not be the last ...

Property owner states his case

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:     After the unfortunate situation of an alleged meth bust at my property on Pershing Avenue, I have heard and read many comments and opinions that have inspired me to write this letter to the editor in an effort to clear up some misconceptions. First, let me say that I ...

Stay positive as EV future unfolds here

Editorials

We, like most residents of the region, had been hopeful that General Motors would return to auto making here in Lordstown after ending production in March of the popular and well-built Chevy Cruze. Sadly, last month it became very clear that wasn’t going to happen when the corporation and ...

Expressing opinions about politics

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With the general election over, I want to thank the Salem office holder for running a clean campaign. Just one minor hiccup with Columbiana County Trump Party Chairman throwing his mud around where it did not belong. You may have noticed I wrote the “Trump Party” ...

Veterans Day: Thank you for your service

Local Columns

Veterans Day recognizes all American veterans of all wars, living or deceased. Originally it was called Armistice Day to observe the end of World War I and honor the veterans of the war. But later, after World War II and Korea, veteran service groups requested that Congress honor all American ...

Mayor of Salem asks for support of levy renewal

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As mayor of Salem, I ask that the temporary, five-year, .25 percent levy tax, specified for capital improvements to streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, parking lots and storm sewers be renewed by voters on Nov. 5. It has been an honor to be part of the team of employees and ...

Salem 4th Ward Councilperson: ‘I listen to everyone’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was elected to be your Salem City 4th Ward Councilperson, eight years ago. I take your vote very seriously. This is our city and our money, yours and mine. I am an independent thinker. I listen to everyone; research the issue factually and make the best decision possible. ...

Get out and vote on Tuesday

Editorials

Election Day is near and we encourage all who are physically capable to do so to get out and vote. Veterans Day is also near. Thousands and thousands of American military patriots died to preserve our right to vote — our right to exist in a democracy. If that alone doesn't compel you to go ...

Set the date, then execute your plan

Local Columns

I remember getting motion sickness when our family got into the car, my brothers and me in the backseat. Dad was a smoker. He would crack the driver’s door window so the smoke would vent outside the car, but I remember the smell of the smoke. I remember feeling like I was going to throw up, ...

Turn off the tap to schools

Local Columns

Thomas Jefferson coined the phrase “The government closest to the people serves the people best.” The United States spends $10,821 per student, which ranks it fourth among developed nations. We throw more money at our schools than just about any other country, and what do we get in ...

Salem 4th Ward Councilperson: ‘I listen to everyone’

Letters to the Editor

Salem 4th Ward Councilperson: ‘I listen to everyone’ To the editor: I was elected to be your Salem City 4th Ward Councilperson, eight years ago. I take your vote very seriously. This is our city and our money, yours and mine. I am an independent thinker. I listen to everyone; research ...