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Speaker Ryan now must clean the barn

November 6, 2015 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. more »»

U.S. troop numbers just do not add up

November 5, 2015 Members of U.S. military special operations units are very, very good at what they do. But they are not that goo. more »»

Flu shots an easy way to be protected

November 4, 2015 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. more »»

Trump spotlights Kasich’s work

November 3, 2015 Ohio Gov. John Kasich may have been done a favor by one of his rivals for the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump. more »»

Issue 1 merits support

November 1, 2015 Seldom is the process of redrawing political district lines for purposes of electing state and federal legislators accomplished without allegations of gerrymandering. more »»

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

October 31, 2015 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 — i... more »»

Don’t be a dope and fall for Issue 3

October 29, 2015 Thoughtful Ohio voters would not think of granting a monopoly to a few people to grow corn and sell it on the wholesale market. more »»

North Korea strategy is just not working

October 27, 2015 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. more »»

Paving the way for a better Salem

October 25, 2015 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. more »»

Avoid ruining reform plan for Youngstown

October 23, 2015 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. more »»

Ignoring Iran’s real nuclear track record

October 21, 2015 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... more »»

O’Malley promises 3rd Obama term!

October 20, 2015 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. more »»

Is economic equality a moral imperative?

October 19, 2015 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. more »»


October 18, 2015 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. more »»

First Lady’s girl power, Taliban do not mix

October 16, 2015 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. more »»

Sometimes, getting ‘tough’ on criminals makes good sense

October 15, 2015 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. more »»

Other side of body cameras on cops

October 14, 2015 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... more »»

Be leery of talks with the Taliban

October 13, 2015 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. more »»

Hillary’s views? Which way is wind blowing?

October 12, 2015 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... more »»

No way to fully eliminate collateral damage

October 11, 2015 Methods of hitting specific, sometimes small, targets with bombs, rockets and artillery fire have improved dramatically during the past several years. more »»



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