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Opinion

Hope: The foundation for recovery

Local Columns

Hope is the foundation for recovery. When you sit down to read about the road the reliable resources for addiction and recovery, you begin to pick up terms and phrases that describe other chronic illnesses. Recovery. Remission. Relapse. Resilience. Hope. Recovery is the process of change ...

Mother of 9-11 victim expresses gratitude

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I want to express my appreciation for the stories on 9-11-01. I felt that you covered it with journalistic professionalism. Mayor Nancy Murry and Police Chief Wilson did an excellent presentation of the wreath. I was also pleased to see Barry Podwell — a classmate of ...

Community lost an outstanding public servant

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Lisbon area lost a fine public servant recently. Center Township Trustee Kenneth Schreffler set a good example for others to follow. Kenny — husband, father and grandfather —was not political. He performed his duties without fanfare. He inspected township roads, ...

Urgency needed in passing COVID-19 relief legislation

Editorials

Despite an effort by a bipartisan coalition of dozens of members of Congress, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer than a month ago. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is what appears to be a willingness to just let the issue go. At least there will be no ...

Get vaccine plan in place for distribution

Editorials

Though there is some dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, it appears a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. There is general agreement they should go to the most vulnerable among us. That is older people with pre-existing ...

Ginsburg became an inspiration for many

Editorials

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology at ...

Bill protects the blameless from virus-related lawsuits

Editorials

It is human nature to want to blame someone or something for a tragedy in one’s life. It is the nature of some attorneys to seek to capitalize on that by filing lawsuits. COVID-19 has claimed more than 4,200 lives in Ohio. The toll will grow. As it does, so does the likelihood of lawsuits ...

Nursing homes remain a high COVID-19 risk

Editorials

Availability of a vaccine against COVID-19 cannot come too quickly for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. That may be the only hope some have of surviving the epidemic — because clearly, no one has come up with any other way of keeping them safe from the ...

Guard against web posts planned to cause discord

Editorials

No informed high official in our government disputes that Russia is doing its best to influence the 2020 election, not by hacking into computers and altering vote totals but by sowing dissension among us. In case you hadn’t noticed, that strategy worked very well in 2016 and has since. ...

ALERT: Stupid stuff can hurt you

Local Columns

Everyone knows that social media can do some pretty stupid stuff. Please, take the extra time to keep up with what your children are seeing and doing at and because of social media online, and even with their friends and peers. We know, parenting is not an easy job. Here is the latest couple ...

Overcoming risks of loneliness

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 ...

Postage should be provided for Ohioans mailing in ballots

Editorials

Making it as easy as possible for registered voters to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election ought to be the name of this year’s game for both Democrats and Republicans. One means of doing that has been suggested by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. He sought state Controlling Board ...

She doesn’t mask her feelings about face coverings

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: First of all, a mask is a medical device. Only those with a license to practice medicine should be advising others to wear a mask. (As an aside, only those with a medical license should be doing a body temperature exam and asking you questions about your health. And, both ...

Stars and Stripes serves a purpose for our military

Editorials

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the 20th ...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is being observed

Local Columns

One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the U.S after skin cancer. As a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®, I want to share the following ...

Politics holding up relief measure

Editorials

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, we know that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over ...

Show some compassion for the honest mistakes

Editorials

About 48,000 Ohioans who received more unemployment benefits than they were entitled to may have to repay the money, state officials say. Often in such cases, over-payments result from claimants failing to report money they received while collecting benefits. Where flagrant, substantial abuse ...

Addiction: The cartels haven’t been slowed

Local Columns

In a recent news report from the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported from El Paso, Texas that Mexican drug cartels have adapted to COVID-19, showing a 56 percent increase in hard drugs like methamphetamines, heroin and fentanyl crossing the border ...

Honoring the memories of those dying on 9/11

Editorials

Today marks the 19th anniversary of one of the most horrific days in the history of the United States. Yes, it has been that long ago already. Since 19 isn’t a nice round number like — say, five or 10 or 20 — used to widely commemorate anniversaries, you might not hear or read as much ...