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Opinion

Speaker Ryan now must clean the barn

Editorials

Let us hope U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the new speaker of the House of Representatives, is as creative, energetic and dedicated to reform as his record seems to indicate. He will need all of those qualities and more - in the form of other lawmakers more eager to do their duty than to go along so they ...

U.S. troop numbers just do not add up

Editorials

Members of U.S. military special operations units are very, very good at what they do. But they are not that good. They simply will not be numerous enough to do what President Barack Obama apparently expects.Fifty special-ops troops are being sent to Syria to battle the Islamic State ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Sons of AMVETS Post 45 would like to thank the following sponsors for donations for the Salem Halloween parade on Oct. 29.The sponsors include American Legion Post 56, Geoffrey Goll, Salem Slovak Club, AMVETS Post 45, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892 and Veterans of Foreign Wars ...

Flu shots an easy way to be protected

Editorials

There's no excuse. Flu shots are available seemingly everywhere in the Mid-Ohio Valley, from doctor's offices to pharmacies, the city and county health departments and more. There are walk-in clinics, drive-thru clinics and plenty of opportunity for residents to get vaccinated.Though not ...

Trump spotlights Kasich’s work

Editorials

Ohio Gov. John Kasich may have been done a favor by one of his rivals for the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump. With a single false claim, Trump has made it clear to voters that hard, detail-oriented work - not bombast of the type the New York businessman favors - is the surest ...

Legalizing marijuana: Educate yourself

Local Columns

It's natural, harmless, won't hurt you and it has medicinal value. It's not a gateway drug, proponents of the legalization of marijuana want you to believe. It's important to educate yourself with the facts about marijuana and the risks and responsibilities related to legalizing it. Please ...

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Letters to the Editor

Passage of income tax increase is an investment in SalemTo the editor:Salem pride runs deep. The residents of our community are extremely proud to call Salem their home. They love to tell stories of our rich historical past and they are proud of our various assets and attributes. Residents of ...

Issue 1 merits support

Editorials

Seldom is the process of redrawing political district lines for purposes of electing state and federal legislators accomplished without allegations of gerrymandering. All too often they are grounded in efforts by whichever party is in power to gain advantage through redistricting.Ohioans have ...

Ohioans should vote ‘yes’ for Issue 2, ‘no’ for Issue 3

Editorials

When more than 90 Ohio delegates gathered in 1851 for a constitutional convention to update and create a new state constitution - the document that was to be held as the fundamental law for Ohio - it is doubtful they intended for this important document ever to be used to promote and legalize ...

Both Democrat and Republican Chairs: Yes to Salem streets measure

Local Columns

How rare is it that voters are given the opportunity to actually vote on the rate at which they will be taxed?How rare is it that they get the chance to limit the time period of any given tax rate?And, finally, how rare is it that voters can even earmark 100 percent of the revenues generated by ...

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Mayor Berlin urges support for streets levyTo the editor:Voters of Salem, please unite with me, all eight members of city council, the Democratic Party Leadership, and the Republican Party Leadership in their request for your "yes" vote for passage of the 1/4 percent streets levy on the Nov. 3 ...

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Letters to the Editor

Ten-year commitment to schools is intolerableTo the editor:Many years ago Salem's school board put a 10-year renewal on the ballot with the result being an overwhelming defeat and the resounding defeat of incumbents seeking re-election. We taxpayers are now faced with the same insane ...

Don’t be a dope and fall for Issue 3

Editorials

Thoughtful Ohio voters would not think of granting a monopoly to a few people to grow corn and sell it on the wholesale market. That would be unfair to thousands of others either in farming of thinking of going into agriculture. It also would be likely to drive corn prices higher than ...

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Salem Area Chamber of Commerce backs mental health levyTo the editior:The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is asking voters to support the .3 mill Mental Health and Recovery Renewal Levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.The Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services (CCMHRS) board uses levy ...

North Korea strategy is just not working

Editorials

U.S.officials are eager to conclude an Iran-style deal to prompt North Korea to scrap its nuclear arsenal, President Barack Obama said last recently. He added, however, that Pyongyang would have to "be prepared to have a serious conversation," including ways of verifying compliance.That is ...

Visit to Colorado reaffirms ‘don’t legalize marijuana’

Local Columns

As a former county prosecutor, I feel that the best way to get the truth about something is to get out and observe it firsthand. Ohioans will vote on a Constitutional amendment to authorize recreational marijuana on Nov.3, so I decided to take a trip to Colorado, where they've legalized ...

Ohio addresses human trafficking

Local Columns

Ohio is ranked fourth in the nation for strengthening its human trafficking laws. The state is fifth in the nation for the underground crime, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office 2015 report on human trafficking. The report and the efforts to prevent such exploitation give a great ...

Paving the way for a better Salem

Editorials

Do you regularly drive along Second Street in Salem? Perhaps Third Street? If so you must be delighted to be driving on the recently-paved roads. No more potholes. No more vehicles getting beat up. No more playing dodge 'em while averting holes and jagged edges. Yep, smooth as a baby's .... ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Perhaps the highest calling a board of elections officer assumes when sworn into office is that of preserving the integrity of county and local elections. The checks and balance of having both major political parties represented on the board, and on the elections board staff, is ...

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To the editor:On Saturday, Oct. 10 scarecrows were set up in front of the Salem Public Library and the Salem Memorial Building. This "Scarecrow Contest" began last year, and is scheduled to be one of our featured events every year in the "Go Wild in the Park" program, presented by the Salem ...