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Editorials

Parents in scandal lack moral compass

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestigious colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

Impeach DeWine? Sheer ridiculousness!

We suspect Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine would agree to some extent with critics of his handling of the COVID-19 epidemic. Has he made mistakes? Of course. Who hasn’t? But do DeWine’s errors rise to the level of mistakes requiring that he be removed from office? Don’t be ridiculous. Three ...

Applaud plans, but compete with caution

Risk of injury always is inherent when participating as a student athlete. Parents and students have been willing to accept that possibility for as long as high school sports have existed. This year, student athletes, parents and coaches have the choice also to accept health risks that could ...

USPS needs all available resources

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused by some of ...

Officers need better training in use of force

Leave aside the political correctness that has resulted in universal condemnation of all law enforcement personnel, for a moment. In the interest of saving lives, let us return at least briefly to using our common sense. As The Associated Press reports, a significant number of officers, ...

Plan is lifeline for many in Ohio

Good for Ohio officials — and we suspect Gov. Mike DeWine deserves much of the credit — for working out a deal on federal unemployment benefits, announced this week. After Congress failed to act to renew COVID-19-related benefits for those off work due to the epidemic, President Donald ...

Ohio Supreme Court will hear firearms case

Ohio Supreme Court justices have agreed to hear a case with enormous ramifications for public schools throughout the state. It involves how much training school personnel must receive before they can be authorized to carry firearms while at work. Justices will hear a case from Butler County. ...

Protecting, treating kids should be prioritized

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

Pre-election social media: Be very skeptical of it all

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election now less than three months away, that should come as no ...

Nursing home residents must be virus-protected

About 40 percent of the more than 146,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. There have seen some in our own area. Somehow, despite knowing older people with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to ...

Don’t shut the press out of the GOP event

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire whoever came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to their opponents. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later this month ...

Census is still waiting; do your part, fill it out

Had a lot on your mind lately? You’re not alone. The past several months have been difficult for all resident across our area, our state and our entire nation as a deadly virus and our response to it has changed the way we interact with each other — and has placed many of us into a state of ...

Census is still waiting; do your part, fill it out

Had a lot on your mind lately? You’re not alone. The past several months have been difficult for all resident across our area, our state and our entire nation as a deadly virus and our response to it has changed the way we interact with each other — and has placed many of us into a state of ...

State must hold GM accountable

Ohio’s Tax Credit Authority is expected this month to assess whether General Motors should repay the state $60.3 million in tax incentives for its former assembly plant in Lordstown. The authority should rule that GM must pay back the full amount it received in tax credits because it closed ...

Don’t forget the fight against other maladies

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in the ...

States should foot the bill for mail-in ballot postage

Of all the irrational debates Americans could be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported earlier this month tops them all. Of course, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, there ...

Let’s not forget about hydropower possibility

With all the talk about renewable energy in America, we have heard little about one old reliable source — hydropower. Fortunately, though hydroelectricity seems to have been sidelined by emphasis on technologies including wind and solar power, it has not been forgotten. More than a year ago, ...

Urgent action is needed now on new COVID relief

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved quickly. ...

PPP initiative needs stringent oversight

What some have described as a “citizen legislature” approach to governance in the United States means that the overwhelming majority of members of Congress have private business interests. Inevitably, some of what they do affects their personal finances. Quite a few of them have benefited ...

We must fund the education process

School, both public and private, will be quite different this fall. In many states, classrooms that normally would have been open by mid-August will not be occupied until September or October, if then. Whether the education process for millions of children will involve in-person teaching or ...