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Opinion

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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Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Avoid ruining reform plan for Youngstown

Editorials

State officials - along with the community in Youngstown - have an opportunity to establish a model for turning around failing schools in Ohio. It should not be thrown away.During the summer, legislators fed up with decades of unfulfilled pledges of education reform in Youngstown quietly passed ...

Test scores lagging despite technology

Local Columns

For decades, there has been a vision of an education system transformed by technology. Many have believed, or at least hoped, that the combined power of hardware, software and the Internet would vastly improve student performance.This vision has many facets, including schools with a level ...

Ignoring Iran’s real nuclear track record

Editorials

President Barack Obama and champions of his nuclear weapons "deal" with Iran continue to insist, in effect, that if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it isn't necessarily a duck.Despite ongoing evidence Iran is engaged in an all-out military hardware buildup, the ...

O’Malley promises 3rd Obama term!

Editorials

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had little chance of winning the Democrat Party's nomination for president prior to the Tuesday debate among the contenders. Hours before taking the stage, however, he managed to erase any possibility of attracting millions of votes.On Tuesday, O'Malley's ...

Is economic equality a moral imperative?

Editorials

Apparently, federal officials who hand states millions of dollars for charter schools do not pay much attention to what is going on with charter schools in those states. Otherwise, someone in Washington might have asked a question - "Hey, isn't that the same guy who ...?" - before approving a ...

Senior Services: Everyone needs a little help sometimes

Local Columns

What if it was within your power to provide better services to the elderly in Columbiana County who are at risk of harm? What if your help made it easier for the elderly to remain safe in their homes for a longer period of time because home is better than a nursing home? Would you be willing to ...

Roses&Thorns

Editorials

Roses for Salem's football program. It's been a long time coming. The Quakers were unbeaten heading into Friday's game - this was written prior - against Alliance. Next up are two huge games with perennial power Louisville and talented rival West Branch. The Quakers are poised to seal a playoff ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As a provider of substance abuse treatment and drug free workplace programming, Family Recovery Center opposes Issue 3, which would legalize the sale and use of marijuana in our state.1. Proponents contend that marijuana is not addictive. However, our records indicate that of ...

First Lady’s girl power, Taliban do not mix

Editorials

Earlier this week, first lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to promote her list of "girl power" songs, ranging from "Survivor" to "Girl on Fire." It was part of her promotion of her "Let Girls Learn" campaign.More than 62 million girls throughout the world do not have adequate access to ...

Sometimes, getting ‘tough’ on criminals makes good sense

Editorials

Rejecting all "get tough on crime" initiatives makes no more sense than locking up everyone who breaks the law, no matter how minor their offense. Some people ought to be locked up for a long, long time, if for no other reason than to protect the public from them.Overcrowding in Ohio prisons is ...

Other side of body cameras on cops

Editorials

What would you do if you were a policeman who - fortunately wearing a ballistic vest - had just been shot by a suspect?Remember, the impact of a bullet striking a ballistic vest is severe and often quite painful. And if you are the officer, your thought in the split-second before you must act ...

Be leery of talks with the Taliban

Editorials

We Americans seem to be viewed as suckers by many of our enemies. And why not? We strike trust-us deals with an Iranian regime operating under the motto, "Death to America." For decades we trusted North Korea to refrain from developing nuclear weapons.For more than a year before the Sept. 11, ...

Hillary’s views? Which way is wind blowing?

Editorials

While she was running unsuccessfully for president in 2007-08, Hillary Clinton's stance on protecting Second Amendment rights was so tough her chief opponent, Barack Obama, accused her of "talking like she's Annie Oakley."Now, as the leading Democrat candidate to succeed Obama, what Clinton ...

Teens perceive prescription drugs as not being risky

Local Columns

Do you know why teens abuse prescription drugs? You might be one of the many who believe they are interested in experimenting with drugs, partying and getting high. But recent studies suggest something different, according to a report from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids."Many teens who abuse ...

No way to fully eliminate collateral damage

Editorials

Methods of hitting specific, sometimes small, targets with bombs, rockets and artillery fire have improved dramatically during the past several years. But relying on "pinpoint bombing" or "surgical strikes" remains imprudent, as a tragedy on Saturday made clear.On that day, an airstrike by ...