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Opinion

COVID-19 seizes control in our state

Editorials

COVID-19 has outrun Ohio officials’ ability to keep track of it, much less control it. On Monday and Tuesday, viewers of the state’s online epidemic “dashboard” — coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards — again saw the following message in bright red ...

Methamphetamine use rising

Local Columns

The woman’s heart broke for her nephew when she recognized “meth mouth.” His life had been troubled. His mother had come right out and told him she had wanted nothing to do with him. His extended family reached out to make a difference in his life to no avail. The damage was done, ...

Arthritis not just ‘old people’s’ disease

Local Columns

Americans often think of arthritis as a disease that only affects older adults, the body’s joints wearing out after years of use. However, there are over 100 conditions that can cause pain or loss of use in the joints. Not all of them are the result of wear, and not all of them are exclusive ...

Use any needed extra time for vaccine safety

Editorials

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a race against death. It is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. At least two COVID-19 vaccines appear to be nearing readiness. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA must approve ...

Even on this Thanksgiving we can be very grateful

Editorials

There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...

Oversight bill must include attentiveness

Editorials

For years, veterans of military service and their families have worried about the Department of Veterans Affairs. News of lengthy wait lists, enormous cost overruns on new facilities and similar outrages was, to say the least, worrisome. It got worse in 2018, when what happened at a VA ...

Vaccines are key in our fight against coronavirus

Local Columns

Ohio, like the rest of the country, is currently experiencing an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases. The number of new cases per day in Ohio has more than doubled over the last three weeks. In short, the trajectory is not good, with not just more cases, but more hospitalizations, more ...

Shutdown directive must be last resort in fragile economy

Editorials

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have ordered renewed steps to combat the disease. Most are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand another blow like that earlier ...

Wreaths for Veterans is a wonderful cause

Editorials

The approaching holiday season will come with joy, merriment — with proper COVID restrictions in place, of course — and a number of worthwhile causes that residents can help support. One is called Wreaths for Veterans which is in its fifth year. An organizations of local representatives ...

Time for giving thanks

Local Columns

There is a children’s picture book, The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin.Through the story, all Papa Bear can think about is besting his friend, Farmer Ben, in the great pumpkin contest. Farmer Ben has a pumpkin farm. He has won every year for about ten years. Mama Bear repeatedly ...

A hearty welcome to our area’s new bishop

Editorials

Welcome to our diocese, Bishop-elect David Bonnar. We are pleased to have him join the fold! We are especially pleased at the timely appointment, given that we had been led to believe it might have taken several months for the selection of our new religious leader. Bonnar, 58, has been ...

Biden urged to soon release his energy plans

Editorials

Biden urged to soon release his energy plansJoe Biden is not yet president-elect officially, but it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. It is probably no coincidence that within days of ...

Health department struggles to keep up with COVID issues

Editorials

Whether it’s mask wearing violations, the struggle to keep up with contact tracing or outbreaks in the community, it’s all COVID all the time for Salem City Health District personnel. “This virus is out of control in the city of Salem,” city Health Commissioner Alanna Stainbrook said ...

Biden team needs briefed on security

Editorials

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Accurate census is critical for planning

Editorials

Census Bureau officials’ claim that the agency was able to collect information from 99.9 percent of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, ...

Biden is right to prioritize epidemic

Editorials

President-elect Joe Biden is correct in making the COVID-19 epidemic a top priority. His strategy likely will be much different than that of incumbent President Donald Trump. Limiting the coronavirus’ spread and treating those infected by it have had to be the Trump administration’s battle ...

Recognizing our ‘citizen soldiers’

Editorials

We call them “citizen soldiers” because for most of the year, they are not in uniform but instead, among us at our workplaces, schools and elsewhere in our society. But this year, many are on the front lines of a war being fought not with firearms and other implements of combat, but with ...

Making the mold through family

Local Columns

November is Family Stories Month. People don’t just write novels in November (NaNoWriMo, in case you’re interested). With the holidays around the corner, it is a time of families sharing stories about their lives, their families, their most valued, most treasured memories of the loved ones ...

Fighting war on wrinkles

Local Columns

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 local Visiting Angels ...

We need to stand up for America!

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Hats off to Ohio! Apparently, we are one of the few states that knows how to count. We had our election results visible to the world on election evening! This occurred even though our Secretary of State, Frank LaRosa, sent out millions of unrequested ballot applications. My wife ...