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Opinion

Patience needed in filing COVID funeral claims

Editorials

The Federal Emergency Management Agency began accepting applications Monday for reimbursement of funeral expenses for people who have died since Jan. 20, 2020, of COVID-19. Billions of dollars were allocated for these expenses as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. According to FEMA, ...

There is no excuse for all the littering

Editorials

Think tossing a fast-food wrapper or plastic bottle out of your vehicle window, rather than waiting until it can be disposed of properly, is harmless? Well, if you’re not worried about the environmental impact or the creation of an eyesore in heavily travelled areas, maybe the financial cost ...

Extra funding will benefit seniors throughout Ohio

Editorials

For many Ohio seniors, the past year has been frightening in more ways than one. For those who relied on outside support to get healthy meals every day, the agencies that specialize in delivery of food to those who are housebound have been a life-saver. Their need has not ended, of course. In ...

Inattention blindness can change your life in a heartbeat

Local Columns

Driving is an important privilege. Countless teenagers have counted down the days until they can get their permits, then their driver’s licenses. Though it may be a rite of passage, it is not a right to have a driver’s license. It requires a sense of responsibility. It demands defensive ...

US census data is needed now not later

Editorials

Ohio has seen some success after it sued the U.S. Census Bureau for delaying the release of data needed to redraw political districts and make other governmental decisions. Census Bureau officials now say they will release the data earlier than planned … but in an “outdated format.” They ...

Lawmakers make right move on student testing

Editorials

In an unusual show of solidarity, Ohio lawmakers have done something important for the state’s students and teachers, who are still on shaky ground after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will have extra time to take state-mandated tests; and juniors and seniors can ...

CARA 3.0 will help addicted Ohioans

Local Columns

For years, the United States has struggled to overcome an epidemic of addiction that has devastated communities in Ohio and across the country. Unfortunately, recent data suggests that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic worsened this crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at ...

Don’t restrict solar, wind plans in Ohio

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 52 and House Bill 118, which would create a referendum process on certificates for large wind and solar facilities, before they go before the Ohio Power Siting Board. Though the pretense is that such a measure is good, because it would place ...

Have a glorious and happy Easter weekend

Editorials

Good morning and a very glorious and happy Easter weekend to all of you. It is a special time for sure. Yes, let the Easter season be glorious and happy despite all that we have endured since last spring and will continue to do so. This will all ultimately pass. No matter the hardship there ...

Build Back Better one step at a time

Editorials

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools, and housing, for example. That ...

Despite new legislation HB 6 still needs to go

Editorials

We were pleased to see House Bill 128’s passage in Columbus, a bill that includes language to repeal parts of the controversial nuclear bailout bill that added fees to all Ohioans’ electric bills. HB 128 passed the Ohio House last Thursday by a vote of 89-0. It passed the Ohio Senate ...

Delaying mail is not an acceptable plan

Editorials

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has an interesting plan for fixing the struggling U.S. Postal Service: lower expectations. In discussing an expected $160 billion loss for the agency over the next decade, DeJoy said he plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post ...

Ohio residents deserve to get money’s worth

Editorials

Ohio residents want to know they are getting their money’s worth, whether it be on a shopping trip or when sending their hard-earned tax money to Columbus. According to researchers at WalletHub, there are a few areas of concern, on the state government front. In its report “Best and Worst ...

Common sense approach to dealing with the climate

Editorials

As our nation moves toward a more diversified energy portfolio, the loudest voices touting disastrous ideas such as the Green New Deal would have us believe attending to the health of our planet is an all-or-nothing proposition that requires sacrificing — immediately — those who are ...

Remembering

Local Columns

I remember walking into my parents’ house to see Mom and Dad. We talked about innocuous things. But all of a sudden, Mom would explode into a rage. I’d stand there trying to figure out what had just happened, what had been said or done to cause the very sudden outrage. Then I would let go ...

Humtown Products workers earn praise

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is humbling to look back over the past year, and as I take stock of what our employees have overcome and achieved during a pandemic, I can only glow with pride for our people and our organization. Very early on, we instituted strict protocols to ensure the safety of our ...

Register with the Selective Service

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Some young men in our community are missing out on important opportunities by accidentally breaking the law. As a Selective Service citizen board member, I feel a responsibility to say something. The law says all young men must register with Selective Service when they turn 18. ...