Editorials

If Mexico asks, US should give help at the border

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to attempt to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from Mexico ...

Understanding is a real key with political dealings

It has become obvious that unbending partisanship leads only to gridlock in Washington. Gaining a name for willingness to listen to those of the opposite party rather than dismiss them out of hand because of their formal political allegiance is the way to get things done in Congress. Ohioans ...

Actively promoting freedom of religion is worth a look

Government’s role regarding freedom of religion often is viewed as a passive one, that it shall “make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” That is, government is not to support any faith over others. But what if freedom of faith is threatened in the most fundamental way ...

Proof needed before making move in Gulf

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of late last week, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. On that day two oil ...

More questions plague Catholic Church leaders

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. gathered in Baltimore this week with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s closet in ours and neighboring states including West ...

Let the red, white and blue never cease to wave

Today 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. Flag Day doesn't carry the same holiday day off/let's golf, barbecue, hit the swimming pool and party reputation that its summertime counterparts ...

Pay attention when near railroad tracks

Our region is criss-crossed with railroad tracks. We get used to the sights and sounds … sometimes the waiting in traffic. A good section of Salem is impaced by railroad tracks and seemingly endless waits while sitting at crossings for a train to clear. A tragedy last week reminds us ...

Hospital deaths: Why did it take so long to notice?

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in the ...

Make plans now for student vaccinations

Decreasing numbers of children receiving important vaccinations before entering public school have become such a problem that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to get a handle on the numbers. That is proving difficult, as there is no real mechanism for tracking ...

Hospital deaths: Why did it take so long to notice?

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in the ...