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Stressed out by current events?

Local Columns

Mother’s Day. She had expected her children to visit throughout the day so she showered and dressed, as she did every day, and sat down. Restless and suddenly very tired, she sprawled on her bed to read for a while. But, the futility of fighting sleep was so great she set the book aside and ...

Mobile ‘hotspots’ could connect the underserved

Editorials

Remember bookmobiles? If you are of a certain age, you may. They were the large vans many libraries used to employ to serve residents of rural areas. More widespread access to personal vehicles and, of course, limited funds prompted the abandonment of many mobile libraries — but the idea may ...

Fed aid aimed at virus should not be used for other shortfalls

Editorials

Ohioans received very bad news about the state government budget last Tuesday. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, state revenue for the fiscal year to date has been nearly $750 million below what had been expected, Gov. Mike DeWine reported. Kudos to DeWine and legislators, however, for spending ...

Appreciates efforts of Midland District educators

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: No one was prepared for what has evolved into the COVID-19 pandemic, but the administrators and teachers in the Midland Borough School District were uniquely poised to face the challenges it brought. They almost instantly altered their educational methods so that learning ...

A letter to Governor DeWine

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This letter was sent to Gov. DeWine... Dear Governor DeWine, As you have seen, our public schools have stepped up to the pandemic challenge.  Schools have completely overhauled how they are teaching our students.  Some did this in as little as 48 hours!  For the most part, ...

Proud to be a charter member of the Salem AMVETS Post 45

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Salem AMVETS Post 45 is close to 45 years old. It was started in 1976 by me and my close friend Ford Joseph. We got our membership cards on he same day in late 1976. We needed 12 members to become a certified post. The two of us walked around Salem to find 10 more veterans ...

This writer hopes Trump will be gone come November

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This letter is to those Trump supporters who that can’t see what is happening to this country because of Trump. He doesn’t get thanks for doing nothing. He has done nothing but lie to the American people for three years and yet Trump people cannot see. All you have to do is ...

Remember mom Sunday on her very special day

Editorials

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. We offer all moms our heartfelt happy Mother's Day wishes. Along with roses, hugs and smooches on their cheeks for all the good moms out there — from the first-time mothers to elderly moms who realized that being a parent did not end when a child became an adult. ...

Domestic violence rising with COVID-19?

Local Columns

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist The future still bears question marks for a lot of things. Headlines report that families are changing vacations to staycations. School districts are trying on different ideas for what school could look like in August. Parents who ...

Be aware of very real risk of strokes

Local Columns

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

State employees need a harsher punishment

Editorials

Wouldn’t it be nice if government officials were as conscientious about ethics as they seem to be inventive about trying to skirt the rules? Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer’s office reported last week that about 40 state employees and some legislators accepted a free charter boat ...

Prepare now to react quickly to a next crisis

Editorials

“Mission not really of much use” probably is not the slogan those in the military would choose for their genuinely superhuman efforts to help areas such as New York City that have been slammed hard by COVID-19. And in truth, the armed forces have done an excellent, life-saving job. But ...

Ohio should plan now for the Nov. 3 election

Editorials

The faux pas that snowballed into chaos, confusion and last-minute changes for voters during this year’s all-mail primary election must be avoided well before the November general election. If there is any inkling that the COVID-19 pandemic and social-distancing issues still might exist in ...

Will electricity be affordable in our post COVID-19 nation?

Local Columns

The COVID-19 pandemic is clearly wreaking havoc with the U.S. economy. And Americans are already feeling the pain. As Washington starts to grapple with this economic disruption, there’s a looming problem that must be addressed. Our nation will begin to dig out of the crisis in the coming ...

Pride and arrogance emerges from virus

Local Columns

The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 86% of the Wuhan Virus infections are transmitted by people who never got sick enough to go to the doctor. Do we know how many people were infected and asymptomatic? No, and we never will. A disease’s contagiousness or transmissibility is ...

Try looking at past tragedies and hardships

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As we watch the evening news and the talking heads present us with the doom and gloom that this virus is causing us in 2020, I’m sure we all feel more than a little concerned. After all we are watching — according to everyone from “entertainment ,” talk show hosts and ...

Slow reopening of Family Recovery Center

Local Columns

As the state of Ohio began to open up slowly this week, Family Recovery Center focused on its plan to open slowly while helping clients through, not just the Covid-19 crisis, but the opioid epidemic that has taken a back seat to the virus. The goal is public safety and the agency will operate ...