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Editorials

Suicide rates on the rise throughout Ohio

As surges in COVID-19 numbers prompt many to again follow social distancing and isolation guidance that was in place for most of the spring, mental health experts are warning about the effects of that kind of isolation — and the hopelessness that comes from the accompanying economic ...

Avoid budget cuts to schools in Ohio

With fiscal 2020 now history, the task of keeping budgets balanced during the year that began last Wednesday begins for local and state government officials. Damage to the economy from COVID-19 — some of it possibly permanent — will make that difficult. The state fiscal year runs from July ...

Happy birthday to the United States of America

"The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God ...

Ohio’s high court will hear guns in schools argument

Allowing public school teachers to carry or have access to firearms while on the job is a tough topic. Armed educators can save lives if schools are invaded by people bent on violence, say proponents of the idea. Which, sadly, has happened multiple times in our country. Critics worry about gun ...

Rights of individuals? Read the preamble

This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is a clear ...

Students should be allowed to show faith

Ensuring public school students are not penalized because of their religious beliefs is a worthwhile goal, even if pitfalls are encountered during the process. Last month Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a bill intended to expand the religious freedom of students in public schools. It was ...

This time the focus on our region was about winning

All eyes were on Lordstown last week. Lordstown Motors Corp., that is, as Vice President Mike Pence traveled here during Thursday’s unveiling of the Valley’s newest locally manufactured vehicle, the Endurance, an all-electric pickup truck set to be built in the former General Motors ...

Taking action on law enforcement reform

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is right: Proposals for law enforcement reforms “have been around for a long time — and it’s time for us to take action.” DeWine unveiled his recommendations for change last week. They include common-sense changes such as no longer allowing the Ohio State Highway ...

Transparency needed with fed relief funds

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

Ohio Supreme Court got this one correct

The stance that, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” is among the most powerful — and important — comments ever made on freedom of speech. Some attribute it to the French Enlightenment philosopher/historian Voltaire. It is an important ...

US must stay strong against North Korea

Some things never change. North Korean dictators’ determination to stay in power by keeping the rest of the world off balance is one of them. For a time, it seemed as if North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un might be altering course from that pursued by his father and grandfather. Kim and U.S. ...

As Americans, we must help others with vaccines

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have proceeded ...

Basing cracker plant policy on the facts

It says something about the prospects for ethane cracker plants that Shell Chemical, after a short break due to COVID-19, has resumed construction of one near Monaca, Pa. Shell executives seem confident. The governors of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are being urged to abandon hope ...

Here’s wishing the good dads a happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day is Sunday. It brings good thoughts for many, hopefully most, people of a dedicated worker, a patient taskmaster, an adviser for life. That’s not the case for everyone so for those who do have such positive thoughts, be sure to let your father know what he means to ...

Lawmakers needs to move quickly with any more aid

Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the nation struggles to get an economy stalled by COVID-19 back in gear. Some success has been seen; by June 13, the U.S. unemployment rate was 13.3%, much better than the 14.7% a month before. Still, we have a long way to go. Prior to the coronavirus ...

Lawmakers need to move quickly with any more aid

Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the nation struggles to get an economy stalled by COVID-19 back in gear. Some success has been seen; by June 13, the U.S. unemployment rate was 13.3%, much better than the 14.7% a month before. Still, we have a long way to go. Prior to the coronavirus ...

Court right to clear construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Because the U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, what its justices say is the law is the law. Thus, the court’s ruling allowing construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline under part of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia settles one fight over the gas line. It had been ...

Weeding out bad police should aid public trust

Use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel is a problem that transcends race, as a video shot recently in Buffalo, New York, makes clear. Taken by a television news crew, the video shows Buffalo police responding to a demonstration in the city’s Niagara Square. Like so many ...

Cocktails to go may help out restaurants

Many have wondered whether some of the changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic might become permanent as we transition into a “new normal.” Ohio lawmakers are considering one that should make restaurant and bar owners cheer — but should also come with a note of caution. The ...

Law enforcement bill merits action

The overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers and deputies are good men and women who use force only when there is no alternative. They should not have to serve alongside brutes who view badges as licenses to harm other people — and sometimes kill them. Ohio legislators, some ...