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Editorials

Learn from educational responses to virus crisis

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was canceled. There is evidence many ...

Remembering the D-Day sacrifices

One of the greatest military achievements ever occurred three-quarters of a century and a year ago today. Code named Operation Neptune and usually referred to as D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history began on the shores of Normandy, France. D-Day was a massive invasion of Allied ...

And still another evil drug emerges

Long after COVID-19 is just a bad memory, substance abuse will remain a scourge in across Ohio and our very own region. Years from now, the death toll from it will dwarf the number of fatalities from the virus. We were reminded of the insidious evil of drug abuse last week, when state ...

And still another evil drug emerges

Long after COVID-19 is just a bad memory, substance abuse will remain a scourge in across Ohio and our very own region. Years from now, the death toll from it will dwarf the number of fatalities from the virus. We were reminded of the insidious evil of drug abuse last week, when state ...

Trusting Ohioans with self-policing

As operations at Ohio businesses, including restaurants, bars, retailers and now gyms, salons and others are permitted to resume amid a “flattening curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents are eager to get out of the house, albeit with new restrictions. The guidelines spelled out by ...

Being ready for the November election

County election boards throughout Ohio did a superb job in handling the April primary election. So did hundreds of thousands of voters. Perhaps political science professors already have started writing books about the election process this year. If not, they will. COVID-19 has made the ...

Annie Glenn did her own kind of soaring

Annie Glenn was far more than just the wife of a hero. Her own courage and determination shown brightly, too. Glenn, 100, died last week of complications from COVID-19. Upon learning of her passing, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine summed her up well: “She represented all that is good about our ...

Summer school may aid students who fell behind

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school in person — we hope ...

Today is a different kind of Memorial Day

Today is different. It is a Memorial Day unlike any of those in the past. There will not be any red, white and blue full splendor public services. No parades, no formal placing of the wreaths and no speeches in front of crowds honoring those who served and died. There will not be any sounds of ...

Government’s ability to spy on citizens must be curbed

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other ...

Congrats to 2020 Class during difficult times

This is the time of year when we typically use this space to send praise and congratulations to high school graduates for their hard work and dedication. Yes, we do that today, but we know this year is different. This year, we honor students not just for their 12 years of dedication and focus ...

Thoroughly probe insider trading claims

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Biden’s ridiculous VP prospect

Stacey Abrams has another distinction to add to her resume — she’s among the most preposterous potential vice-presidential candidates ever. Her attempt to leverage a failed Georgia gubernatorial bid into a spot on the Democratic ticket is so brazenly absurd that it’s hard to think of ...

Safety must be on the reopening menu

Restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for inside serving on Thursday. They were cleared for outside service last Friday. Already, there have been reports of diners and drinkers not following the rules for social distancing to guard against COVID-19. Social postings were out ...

Precautions essential as daycares, camps open

Ohio parents are likely breathing a sigh of relief knowing Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered daycare centers and kids’ day camps will be cleared to reopen May 31. That is, of course, important to those who will be able to go back to work this summer and need reliable, safe child care. But safe is ...

Let’s not forget Armed Forces Day

Today is a day of recognition that often flies under our special days/holidays radar. Especially with Memorial Day beckoning followed by Flag Day, Father's Day and the big bang of July 4th. But Armed Forces Day should get our attention — and respect — today. Armed Forces Day is celebrated ...

Mobile ‘hotspots’ could connect the underserved

Remember bookmobiles? If you are of a certain age, you may. They were the large vans many libraries used to employ to serve residents of rural areas. More widespread access to personal vehicles and, of course, limited funds prompted the abandonment of many mobile libraries — but the idea may ...

Fed aid aimed at virus should not be used for other shortfalls

Ohioans received very bad news about the state government budget last Tuesday. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, state revenue for the fiscal year to date has been nearly $750 million below what had been expected, Gov. Mike DeWine reported. Kudos to DeWine and legislators, however, for spending ...

Remember mom Sunday on her very special day

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. We offer all moms our heartfelt happy Mother's Day wishes. Along with roses, hugs and smooches on their cheeks for all the good moms out there — from the first-time mothers to elderly moms who realized that being a parent did not end when a child became an adult. ...

State employees need a harsher punishment

Wouldn’t it be nice if government officials were as conscientious about ethics as they seem to be inventive about trying to skirt the rules? Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer’s office reported last week that about 40 state employees and some legislators accepted a free charter boat ...