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Americans don't leave Americans behindTo the editor:I can't vote for Mrs. Clinton because her lack of action for our four Americans who needlessly died in Benghazi. Signs at Clinton rallies read, "Fighting for you." Another lie. She didn't fight for our men in Benghazi and she isn't fighting ...

Nancy Reagan played important role in husband’s presidency

Editorials

During the first half of the nation's history, wives of our presidents received little public credit or even notice for their behind-the-scenes involvement in public affairs. But that changed to the point that thoughtful Americans have understood for many years that when they elected a ...

Strickland: Obama’s type of Democrat

Editorials

For some reason, Democrat Party leaders including President Barack Obama are eager to see former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland win a U.S. Senate seat from the state. They are concerned enough that, though another Democrat is seeking the post, Obama has endorsed Strickland.That comes after various ...

Bureaucrats need a little common sense

Editorials

Some people may wonder whether federal bureaucrats are required to stop at their office buildings' front doors every morning and drop off their common sense before beginning the day's work. That could be one explanation for the lack of said quality shown regularly in Washington.Consider this ...

Parenting today: The Millennials

Local Columns

Last week we looked at helicopter parenting and its effects. Time Magazine, in August 2014, blamed helicopter parents for Millennials being selfish and entitled. How do Millennials compare to other generations of parents?The Lost Generation were born between 1880 and 1913. They witnessed the ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for all contributing to the Salem Police K-9 Fund. Through Friday afternoon, more than $39,000 had been collected toward an initial goal of $55,000. This would include purchase price of a dog, an officer's training costs and funds for getting a properly-equipped vehicle. It does not pay ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for all contributing to the Salem Police K-9 Fund. Through Friday afternoon, more than $39,000 had been collected toward an initial goal of $55,000. This would include purchase price of a dog, an officer's training costs and funds for getting a properly-equipped vehicle. It does not pay ...

GUEST COLUMN: BOE member reacts to testing methodology

Local Columns

Editor's note: The state of Ohio recently released the state report card. The state report card is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) . Ohio is currently reviewing ESSA legislation to allow greater latitude which focuses on making local decisions in key areas. The state report ...

ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Ohioans will vote in the 2016 primary election to determine the judicial candidates who will appear on the general election ballot.JudicialVotesCount.org, a nonpartisan website that features biographies of court candidates running for judge, can assist voters. Launched in ...

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Letters to the Editor

Choose wisely when it is time to voteTo the editor:At the time of my writing we are now one day away from Super Tuesday. At the time of your reading we will have in all probability come to know who will be on the presidential ballot in November. This election year has been one wild ride so ...

Trump succeeding where Occupy Wall Street failed

Letters to the Editor

PARIS - Remember the Occupy Wall Street movement? The 2011-2012 protests sought to bring Arab Spring-type "revolutions" to the United States through a combination of urban camping and complaining loudly about the state of the world.The Occupy movement fizzled out because it failed to translate ...

An open letter to the Republican establishment

Letters to the Editor

You are the captains of American industry, the titans of Wall Street, and the billionaires who for decades have been the backbone of the Republican Party.You've invested your millions in the GOP in order to get lower taxes; wider tax loopholes; bigger subsidies; more generous bailouts; less ...

Maybe Apple can secure IRS files

Editorials

If you have used the Internal Revenue Service's computerized program to obtain copies of your old tax returns, there is an excellent chance criminals have personal information about you. It has happened to more than 700,000 taxpayers, the IRS admitted this week.It was known about a year ago ...

Intelligence coverup in national security?

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Dozens of military intelligence analysts complained last year they were pressured to alter reports to make it look as if U.S. action against terrorist organizations was more successful than actually was the case. An investigation of that is proceeding.But last week, members of Congress were ...

Leading Ladies is LOL funny

Local Columns

During one scene change in the Salem Community Theater's current production of "Leading Ladies," a few bars of Judy Collins singing "Send in the Clowns" plays in the background. Collins warbles the musical question, "Don't you love farce?," and the only proper response the audience can give is ...

Heart health to take center stage this month

Editorials

It's American Heart Month and a good time to start living a healthier lifestyle.As Ohio residents, we, unfortunately, are plagued with leading many areas of the country in illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.The grim fact is heart disease is still the No. 1 cause of death in ...

OTHER VOICES

Editorials

Feb. 22 / The London Evening Standard on Great Britain's upcoming European Union referendum:We can be grateful to the London Mayor for one thing: his declaration of support for Brexit has galvanised the entire debate about staying in or leaving the EU. What had threatened to be a lacklustre ...

Obama reinforces imperial presidency

Editorials

Americans have to endure less than a year more of Barack Obama's imperial presidency, but he seems determined to make the time pass painfully.Just a few weeks ago, his White House spokesman said that regardless of the Supreme Court order that the Environmental Protection Agency delay ...

Millennial parents may not be so different

Local Columns

"Charlotte" was the daughter of a police officer who more than a few times received threats against his children from people who felt the pinch of him doing his job. He would insist the children stay close to home until he felt the danger was past."Melody" ducked out of sight when her mother ...