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Editorials

Urgency needed in passing COVID-19 relief legislation

Despite an effort by a bipartisan coalition of dozens of members of Congress, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer than a month ago. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is what appears to be a willingness to just let the issue go. At least there will be no ...

Get vaccine plan in place for distribution

Though there is some dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, it appears a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. There is general agreement they should go to the most vulnerable among us. That is older people with pre-existing ...

Ginsburg became an inspiration for many

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology at ...

Bill protects the blameless from virus-related lawsuits

It is human nature to want to blame someone or something for a tragedy in one’s life. It is the nature of some attorneys to seek to capitalize on that by filing lawsuits. COVID-19 has claimed more than 4,200 lives in Ohio. The toll will grow. As it does, so does the likelihood of lawsuits ...

Nursing homes remain a high COVID-19 risk

Availability of a vaccine against COVID-19 cannot come too quickly for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. That may be the only hope some have of surviving the epidemic — because clearly, no one has come up with any other way of keeping them safe from the ...

Guard against web posts planned to cause discord

No informed high official in our government disputes that Russia is doing its best to influence the 2020 election, not by hacking into computers and altering vote totals but by sowing dissension among us. In case you hadn’t noticed, that strategy worked very well in 2016 and has since. ...

Postage should be provided for Ohioans mailing in ballots

Making it as easy as possible for registered voters to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election ought to be the name of this year’s game for both Democrats and Republicans. One means of doing that has been suggested by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. He sought state Controlling Board ...

Stars and Stripes serves a purpose for our military

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the 20th ...

Politics holding up relief measure

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, we know that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over ...

Show some compassion for the honest mistakes

About 48,000 Ohioans who received more unemployment benefits than they were entitled to may have to repay the money, state officials say. Often in such cases, over-payments result from claimants failing to report money they received while collecting benefits. Where flagrant, substantial abuse ...

Honoring the memories of those dying on 9/11

Today marks the 19th anniversary of one of the most horrific days in the history of the United States. Yes, it has been that long ago already. Since 19 isn’t a nice round number like — say, five or 10 or 20 — used to widely commemorate anniversaries, you might not hear or read as much ...

Stop haggling, ensure deal does have credit insurance

Among popular Christmas season activities during recent years has been finding the Elf on the Shelf. The stuffed toy, about 12 inches long, delights children who wonder where in the house he or she may be hiding. Thanks to COVID-19, a good place to start looking for the Elf this year would be ...

Ohio lawmakers must not delay the repeal of HB6

Local state legislators Sen. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, and Rep. Michael J. O’Brien, D-Warren, wasted no time getting to work to repeal the nuclear bailout bill that adds surcharges to every Ohio electric bill after allegations of bribery and political favors came to light recently. But so ...

U.S. workers will overcome challenge

Yesterday was a Labor Day that for many was a holiday not worth celebrating. Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us ...

Don’t delay on mail-in ballot

Ohioans have a fail-safe method of reacting to warnings about problems with mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election: Don’t delay. Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office is mailing applications for mail-in absentee ballots to every registered voter in Ohio. You most likely have received ...

Timely release of school COVID details critical

Ours has been called the “Information Age.” Within hours of a Hollywood celebrity opining on politics, we know about it. Even local news travels at the speed of light; we hear how our high school football team did minutes after the fourth-quarter clock hits zero. But if Ohioans want to ...

Show will go on if we follow guidelines

Ohio is taking more steps toward returning to a new normal as Gov. Mike DeWine announced a plan for reopening performance venues. Concerts, plays, musicals and other stage performances will be an entertainment option again, with some modifications. We should be used to that by now. It is no ...

Bravo to dedicated servants of public

Frustration with government is understandable. But sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. For example, there is the story ...

Today marks 75th anniversary of an important event

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of this Wednesday. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s surrender was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in this ...

Federal Reserve officials need to maintain course

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...