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Editorials

Taking another look at using wind power

It has not been so long ago that liberal politicians and billionaires were screeching about the dangers of extraction industries and the benefits of renewable energy sources, while at the same time refusing to allow a major wind farm off the coast of their Massachusetts estates because they ...

Public, bidders deserve answers on USPS pact

There are lots of questions about the process that led to awarding a giant federal government contract to a Wisconsin-based company rather than to a company with ties to the Mahoning Valley. The U.S. Postal Service vehicle contract worth billions of dollars will be publicly funded, and ...

Mental illness collides with criminal justice

There was a time when Ohioans experiencing mental health crises could get help that was less likely to intersect with the criminal justice system. In past decades, a state-run local hospital, for instance, was able to evaluate and offer both short and long-term mental health treatment, if ...

As things brighten, don’t let guard down

Slowly we are seeing the light brighten at the end of the tunnel. It was just last week when Gov. Mike DeWine announced limits on sporting and entertainment venue attendance would be relaxed, now permitting 30 percent of the maximum outdoor capacity or 25 percent of maximum indoor spectators ...

Need to help small biz with ongoing changes

As members of Congress consider another stimulus , a report out of Ohio last week should give them some sense of urgency. According to an Alignable A1 Revenue Poll, 51 percent of Ohio’s small businesses said revenue expectations will fail to meet their needs by the end of March. Without more ...

New financial tool will help our children

Parents wondering how they can teach their kids to be smart about their financial independence have a tool in Ohio that just got a little bit better. Treasurer Robert Sprague and the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are partnering to expand the Real ...

Focus the Capitol riot probes on prevention

Missed intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That’s what officials in charge of security are reporting. This past week, officials pointed a lot of fingers at various federal agencies ...

Focus the Capitol riot probes on prevention

Missed intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That’s what officials in charge of security are reporting. This past week, officials pointed a lot of fingers at various federal agencies ...

A simple seat belt likely saved Tiger

Everybody knows “Tiger.” The world in on a first-name basis with him. Even those who don’t know a five-iron from a skillet iron know who he is: regarded by many as the best golfer in the history of that sport. He grew from phenom to a statesman for his sport. His brand is everywhere. He ...

A simple seat belt likely saved Tiger

Everybody knows “Tiger.” The world in on a first-name basis with him. Even those who don’t know a five-iron from a skillet iron know who he is: perhaps the best, if not the best, golfer in the history of that sport. His brand is everywhere. He is praised for attracting so many — ...

Funding fixes must not harm Ohioans

We have entered the time of year when faults in our roads and bridges are more obvious than ever. Ice and salt don’t help matters. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (Ohio Council) the state’s infrastructure is only getting worse, with improvement efforts hampered by the ...

Broadband bill would improve online access

We urge Ohio Senate approval of a bill that would help improve broadband internet access to unserved or underserved areas of Ohio. The bill passed overwhelmingly last week in the Statehouse by a vote of 91-5. It now needs passage from the Senate and the governor’s signature to become ...

A shout out to all our unusung winter heroes

Many of us stayed home and away from the cold and the ice last week. We didn’t have to do battle with the elements, the frigid temperature. We are the lucky ones. There does come a time, though, when we should all be grateful for the public and private workforce who work to keep our roads ...

Overdoses worse than ever before

If the COVID-19 pandemic has made you feel as though the virus is the overwhelming challenge for Ohio, you are not alone. Most people have pushed the state’s other woes to the backs of their minds. But coronavirus is not the only deadly plague raging through the state, and it is time we ...

Veterans have earned the right to be served

Ohio veterans should be able to expect the state Department of Veterans Services will fulfill its responsibilities to those who gave up so much for our country. Yet more than 160 veterans are on waiting lists for the state’s two nursing homes for veterans, in Georgetown and Sandusky. Nearly ...

Despite shortfalls, momentum building in battle vs. COVID-19

The number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations have been on the decline our region and across Ohio. Vaccinations are being distributed more briskly, pharmaceutical companies are continuing to perfect new vaccine options and, hopefully, the economy will follow with an upward trend. ...

First part of GM settlement blooms

The first fruits of a settlement agreement between Ohio and General Motors are starting to come to bloom — as part of job training efforts in the Mahoning Valley. In an agreement struck after the automaker pulled out of Lordstown in 2019, breaking job creation and retention tax credit ...

First part of GM settlement blooms

The first fruits of a settlement agreement between Ohio and General Motors are starting to come to bloom — as part of job training efforts in the Mahoning Valley. In an agreement struck after the automaker pulled out of Lordstown in 2019, breaking job creation and retention tax credit ...

Given our weather of late, let’s all be careful and safe

We’ve been reminded during recent days about the concerns emerging when the snow begins to fly. Winter has caught up with us of late. We have had our share of snow. The forecast for this Sunday-through-Wednesday could bring us inches more of snow. We realize that most drivers do not need a ...

Ohio school enrollment slide cause for concern

Students in the public school system were asked to make a massive change in the way they learned a year ago. By the fall, an alarming number of them were no longer part of Ohio’s public school system. According to the Ohio Department of Education, enrollment decreased by 53,000 from the ...