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Editorials

W. Va., not Ohio, seems to have a plan figured out

Why is it that the delays and struggles in Ohio’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines — and in many other parts of the country — are not being experienced in neighboring West Virginia? As demand for the COVID-19 vaccination exceeds supply, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week announced plans to ...

Opioids death toll on the rise in Ohio

As concerns continue to grow about the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing toll it takes every day, it’s easy to forget about other health issues that continue to have a devastating effect on our region. A sad reminder came last week when Ohio Attorney General David Yost released a report ...

Fighting effects of Ohio House Bill 6

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost continues to fight the damaging effects of House Bill 6, which is at the center of a $60 million federal bribery investigation, and was intended to bail out FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Energy Harbor. This time he has asked the Franklin County Common Pleas Court ...

Radicalization happened and needs to be stopped

For generations now, Americans have watched as around the globe extremist organizations found a way to recruit enough militarily capable men and women to carry out deadly terrorist acts against their own governments and innocent victims. Through it all, many Americans believed they understood ...

Unfounded fears rise in healthcare workers

Officials working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to those who need it most have run into an unfathomable problem. Health care workers are buying into the nonsense that the vaccine might not be safe, and are refusing the shot. Not all of them are so bull-headed, of course. Many are doing the right ...

The dream of Dr. King should live in all of us

During the past few years, it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. Example: allegations that some law enforcement officers and agencies treat African-Americans differently than whites have brought to the surface complaints that had simmered for ...

COVID-19 variant emerges in Ohio

COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed throughout the state and in our own region. We ran a page one story Friday about a vaccination complex that will be operating at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds. Other vaccination sites are up and running including at our local hospitals, senior living ...

Silencing speech is a bad precedent

Every American should be concerned with the actions taken by the major online tech platforms to ban President Donald Trump’s social media accounts. It sets an alarming precedent and has raised concern among many world leaders. The action took place last week following the attack on the U.S. ...

Pass the bill that would provide internet access

The COVID-19 epidemic has made apparent the glaring need in how we educate children. With their schools closed, millions of students for weeks or even months on end have been forced to rely on “remote learning” via the internet. But online learning is impossible for a significant number ...

Impeachment only adds to polarization

If the divisiveness in our nation is to end, we must find ways to move beyond this tumultuous final stretch of Donald Trump’s presidency. A new battle on Capitol Hill over whether to impeach Trump in the final days before his term expires does not appear to be the logical way to address ...

Brave mother hopes story can save lives

The tragic story about a Trumbull County native who lost her 10-year-old son after he played a “choking game” should send a stark reminder to all parents about monitoring our children’s web activity. We all know the dangers that lurk online, but this horror is not the usual story ...

How do we find unity again in our nation?

Order has been returned to our Capitol, at least for now. Wednesday’s siege ended with five deaths, significant property damage and mounting federal criminal charges that, for some, could reach the level of sedition. It also has hurt the dignity of America in the eyes of the world after ...

How do we find unity again in our nation?

Order has been returned to our Capitol, at least for now. Wednesday’s siege ended with five deaths, significant property damage and mounting federal criminal charges that, for some, could reach the level of sedition. It also has hurt the dignity of America in the eyes of the world after ...

An ‘All-of-Above’ energy plan is vital

Precisely what President-elect Joe Biden has in mind for an energy policy will not be known until after he takes office on Jan. 20. Unless we miss our guess, it will be only a matter of weeks after that before we are given good clues to his plans. Much of the relief outgoing President Donald ...

Make COVID-19 battle a goal for the New Year

Much of 2020 was like stopping on the curb before crossing a street, looking carefully both ways, then stepping out — and then getting hit by an airplane — as one observer who somehow held onto a sense of humor put it. It was not a good year for most people. Millions remain unemployed ...

Work of three senators helped head off politics

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable for so long to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican ...

Ohio school funding reform vital in 2021

It was in 1997 that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled the state’s system of funding public education was unconstitutional. Since then, attempt after attempt to come up with an adequate replacement has come up short. High hopes were expressed for a solution late last year, but General Assembly ...

US response to hack must be powerful

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Have a happy day and wonderful year

For most of us, today will be another day for family, friends, merriment and more good food. Beverages too, probably. Or perhaps you had too much of that last night into this morning. Just like the Christmas and Thanksgiving seasons, New Year’s day provides ample opportunity for many to get ...

Be smart and sober as a New Year arrives

The message is one we feel obliged to repeat this time each year. There are some people across our country, across our state and across our own area who will awaken today with a brand new year in the offing helped along with a drink or more. There will be so much promise and anticipation for ...