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Enjoy the celebrations and our independence

July 3, 2014 “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. more »»

State can help save Ormet plant

July 2, 2014 O hio Gov. John Kasich’s staff should have just one thing to say to Eric J. more »»

US policy on Iraq out and out crazy

July 1, 2014 Americans should be worried about the war in Iraq, for various reasons. One concern is that the Sunni army assaulting Iraq’s Shiite-controlled government may interrupt oil shipment. more »»

Ohio needs rules for guardians named by judges

June 30, 2014 Children without family members to safeguard their interests, along with some elderly and disabled people, sometimes need court-appointed guardians. more »»


June 29, 2014 Roses for the Salem Super Cruise. Despite a rainy Friday it was a big success. How popular is it? Estimates were pegged at 20,000 people within the city limits last Saturday. more »»

Juvenile offenders: consider more than just their ages

June 28, 2014 Many of the juveniles in corrections centers indeed are children who made unwise decisions and should not be treated as hardened criminal. more »»

Terrorists by any other name evil

June 27, 2014 Boko Haram, in Nigeria, uses tactics such as surrounding churches, then burning them down to kill all insid. more »»

Throw out ban on false statements in political campaigns

June 26, 2014 Throughout the world, politics in America has the reputation of being something of a free-for-all in which candidates and their supporters trade charges and. more »»

Why no outrage over IRS emails?

June 25, 2014 Using illegal methods to harm one’s political opponents, then lying to cover it up, is serious business, as former President Richard Nixon learned. more »»

Economic progress is just an illusion

June 24, 2014 Some young Americans unable to find jobs after they graduate from college simply stay on campus, working toward advanced degrees. more »»

Slashing service but spending more

June 23, 2014 Try getting an answer to your questions about government retirement benefits by calling your local Social Security office. Let's hope you have plenty of time to wait ... and wait ... and wait. more »»


June 22, 2014 Thorns for the apparent end to the pet parade and decorated vehicles parade held each Fourth of July in downtown Salem. more »»

What’s wrong with planting trees to offset pollution?

June 21, 2014 Nature Conservancy scientists are collaborating with Dow Chemical Co. to develop a plan that would help solve several environmental problems with one effort — plant more tree. more »»

Salem Super Cruise shifts into high gear

June 19, 2014 With the cooperation of a finicky Mother Nature, what has become Salem’s biggest downtown attraction during the calendar year should again be just that over the next several days. more »»

Do we have a plan to contain Iraq?

June 18, 2014 Iraq, where nearly 4,500 Americans died in what appears to have been a futile attempt to change the very culture of that violence-torn region, may be about to fall to a radically militant Islamic... more »»

Some juveniles in detention deserve stronger penalties

June 17, 2014 M any of the juveniles in corrections centers indeed are children who made unwise decisions and should not be treated as hardened criminals. more »»

Ensure access to public records

June 16, 2014 The good news for Ohioans is that public officials seem to be following the state's open records law much better than was the case several years ag. more »»

Protect Americans caught in Iraq war

June 14, 2014 Americans who remember the fall of South Vietnam in 1975 — and the frantic evacuation of U.S. troops and civilians from Saigon — may be watching events in Iraq with a dismayed sense of deja vu. more »»

Don’t forget to display the red, white and blue

June 13, 2014 Saturday is Flag Day. Our fine nation should be awash in red, white and blue. That is because Flag Day deserves the respect of each and every one of us. more »»

Be certain to dive into pool safety

June 11, 2014 Children are out of school, the summer weather is starting to heat up and pools are open including in Salem where the Centennial Pool opened last weekiend. Now is the time to remember pool safety. more »»



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