Editorials

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 ...

Learn from mistakes made by Beijing

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

Shortcuts aren’t the answer for immigration

It has been said and written that horror stories about the 1980 Mariel Boatlift were exaggerated. Of the about 125,000 Cubans who left their island and came here then, only a small percentage were criminals set free from jails and patients released from mental hospitals by then-Cuban dictator ...