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Editorials

Stats reflect poorly on children’s health

Ohio residents care deeply about the wellbeing of our children, but a recent report suggests that does not always translate to the way we take care of their health. In WalletHub’s ranking of 2021’s Best and Worst States for Children’s Health Care, Ohio was among the very worst — 44th in ...

Parents: The season of vigilance is here

“My child would never do any thing like that!” Sure, of course not. “Some thing” and “any thing” in this case are interchangeable: parents referencing underage drinking by their children. You would guess those words are often uttered. And have been each and every prior spring. ...

Addressing Ohio’s infrastructure needs

President Biden’s administration released its Infrastructure Report Card this week, as part of its push to persuade lawmakers to approve trillions of dollars on infrastructure. There is no doubt an infrastructure bill is needed. The report card gives Ohio a grade of C-, saying “In Ohio ...

Patience needed in filing COVID funeral claims

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, ...

With a semblance of the state fair on slate, hopes are high locally

The Ohio State Fair will go on this summer, but it won’t be open to folks like us. In fact, it won’t be open to any public, due, of course, to public health concerns. As we work hard to emerge from this seemingly never-ending pandemic, the Ohio Expositions Commission, which runs the ...

There is no excuse for all the littering

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

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 ...

US census data is needed now not later

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

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 ...

Don’t restrict solar, wind plans in Ohio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Help those who have yet to get vaccinated

Why is Biden creating his own crisis?Ohioans are witnessing the next phase in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and it is an exciting time. Gov. Mike DeWine continues to expand access. Monday he authorized health departments and other vaccine providers to give shots to anyone over age 16, if they ...

State sees some success after suing Census Bureau

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 ...

Restrictions on health orders reach too far

Ohio’s Republican lawmakers, trying for about a year now to rein in Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s authority to issue public health orders during the pandemic, may finally have the votes to do it. Senate Bill 22 would let Ohio’s General Assembly vote on whether to extend or end states of ...

No one can be turned away from the vaccine

An Ohio man’s accusations are raising questions about whether those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the state can be turned away because they do not have health insurance. The answer is an unequivocal no. According to a man who said he is a diabetic, there were no appointments ...