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Opinion

Castro needs to face more tough questions

Editorials

Cuban President Raul Castro is never, ever asked embarrassing questions by those in his country's state-run "news" media. But during a joint appearance with U.S. President Barack Obama Monday in Havana, an American reporter asked Castro about political prisoners held by the regime.Even ...

A mistake? Navy says enough rifles for SEALS

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It was all a mistake, the Navy told U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. There is no shortage of rifles for Navy SEALs. Those whose rifles were taken so other SEALs could have weapons during deployments have had their guns returned.Earlier this month, Hunter demanded answers after some of the ...

Start building a new home on a tract of marshy land, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be on your back promptly with orders to cease and desist and hefty fines intended to show you who’s boss. But threaten an entire city with health problem

Editorials

Start building a new home on a tract of marshy land, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be on your back promptly with orders to cease and desist and hefty fines intended to show you who's boss.But threaten an entire city with health problems that may persist for decades and, well, ...

Promote Awareness: Examining child abuse

Local Columns

Life is not easy. There are ups and downs, good times and bad. Sometimes it seems that the bad times far outnumber the good. There are challenges that can be managed, obstacles that can't be negotiated. There are changes to cope with. Many times the changes are not for the best, or so it seems ...

Prepare for severe weather

Editorials

It is formally known as the vernal equinox. We all know it as spring. It arrived early this morning. With it came a forecast for a smattering of snow today and tomorrow to be followed later this week by temps in the 60s. Don't bother trying to figure out the fickleness of Mother Nature, ...

A look back: John Ford’s masterfully shot ‘Stagecoach’

Local Columns

For eminent director John Ford, filmmaking came as easily and naturally as humanities' pre-Gutenberg storytellers. He had nothing less than a symbiotic connection with the camera. Ford's ability to put his subjects in front of the lens and to give life to time and place seemed peculiarly ...

U.S. must consider N. Korea real threat

Editorials

U.S. officials cannot say - or at least, will not - whether North Korea has managed to miniaturize nuclear weapons enough to use them as missile warheads. If that has occurred, it is an extraordinarily serious threat to world peace.North Korean officials claim they have built a nuclear device ...

Keeping U.S. reliant on oil from abroad

Editorials

There will be no drilling for oil or gas anywhere off the 2,069 miles of the U.S. Atlantic coastline, President Barack Obama has decreed.In one fell swoop, Obama has closed a major avenue Americans might have followed toward energy independence. He did it to protect the environment, he ...

State testing methods need a closer look

Editorials

Many Ohio students who took the last round of state standardized tests online with computers may have been operating at a handicap. An administrator at the Amherst school district in northern Ohio used information from more than 420 systems throughout the state to determine that. He found that ...

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Letters to the Editor

City residents should appreciate full-time FD, PDTo the editor:We hope the residents of Salem realize how lucky they are to have a full-time fire and police department. When an emergency arises, we have people who respond immediately.The fire department personnel are "first responders" and we ...

Clinton would take aim at fracking too

Editorials

I f there was any doubt Hillary Clinton is dedicated to devastating West Virginia and much of Ohio, she has erased it.Her plan to intensify President Barack Obama's war on coal and reasonably priced electricity is just a start. Clinton also wants to put a stranglehold on natural gas.She ...

Ohio voters can make right choice: Kasich

Editorials

Today, Ohio Republicans have a chance to remind the rest of the country there is a better choice to be the GOP nominee for president.Gov. John Kasich has not attracted the national spotlight he deserves, partly because he has stayed out of the three-ring circus being performed by Marco Rubio, ...

Keeping your health’s best interests in mind

Local Columns

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELDFamily Recovery Center publicistDo you sit too much? Spend too much time indoors? Are you socially isolated, sleep-deprived? Is the pace of life too fast, too demanding? Are you feeling stressed just reading those few short sentences?"We were never designed for the ...

Send John Kasich to the Republican Convention

Local Columns

While the political pundits would have us believe that the 2016 Republican nomination for president is all but over, the facts remain that only a little more than one half of all of the Republican delegates across the nation have yet to be awarded to any Republican candidate. And as of this ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for Salem Hills Golf and Country Club reopening with golf. The course has always ranked among the very best in our entire region. The semi-public club also provided a social setting that many enjoyed. Salem Hills was recently purchased by Ray Bricker.?Its future was uncertain for a ...

Cleveland Police Dept. correct to be prepared

Editorials

Perhaps it is a reflection of the rough-and-tumble process Republicans are enduring as they attempt to pick a nominee for president, but for whatever reason, Cleveland police are expecting trouble when the GOP holds its national convention in that city this summer.City officials plan to buy ...

Best shot for a long shot coming Tuesday

Editorials

Having a long shot chance is better than having no shot. Especially when you have home court advantage. At least for a day.Ohio's Primary Election on Tuesday is a must-win for our own state's John Kasich. The governor is still standing, albeit shakily alongside Trump, Cruz and Rubio - wobbly ...

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Kasich can do something about Americans' angerTo the editor:Americans are angry! Record turnouts by Republicans, Independents and yes, former Democrats in the 2016 Primary elections reinforces voter frustration.I understand the Trump phenomenon, but John Kasich offers your best bet. National ...