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Editorials

COVID-19 seizes control in our state

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 ...

Use any needed extra time for vaccine safety

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

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

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 ...

Shutdown directive must be last resort in fragile economy

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

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 ...

A hearty welcome to our area’s new bishop

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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 ...

Consider global coalition to stop serious cybercrime

Federal officials recently warned of an evolving dangerous class of hackers — freelancers willing to kill for money. The warning came about a new wave of online extortion attempts directed at hospitals and other health care facilities. Their technique is simplicity itself: Hack into a ...

Giving thanks to all of our vets

Since 1919, Americans have been celebrating a very special day on Nov. 11. Today is Veterans Day. It is a day of acknowledgment. It is a day of utmost respect and reverence. It is a day of thanks for those who helped pay the price for freedom. Please appreciate that sentiment. We stress this ...

Yes, worry about those around you

While many Ohio residents may spent much of last week watching the colors change on a different map, the aftermath of the general election was playing out while our state and the nation were in the continued grip of the surging COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine named a new ...

Mural depicts a time in history

Officials at McKinley High School, in the Canton City Schools District, made the right call in September, when they chose to cover a portion of a historical mural in the school’s food court after hearing concerns over its depiction of slavery. “Highlights of American History,” which was ...

Awareness spotlight on lung cancer this month

With all of the interest in Tuesday’s election, continuing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s sometimes easy to forget about other important issues in our lives. That’s why it should not be overlooked that November is Lung Cancer Awareness ...

Now must come a time for healing

This very unpredictable election has gone, well, as many predicted. Despite the predictions by early polling — that aren’t always accurate — as this is written we still don’t know unequivocally who has won this historic presdiential election. But what has happened, as expected, is the ...

Honoring all who served in WWII

Honoring all who served in WWII Before long, the last American military veteran of World War II will be gone from among us. We can never thank and honor them adequately — but a request by all five members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation would provide an appropriate formal and ...