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Editorials

Veterans Administration pick must restore trust

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. Some readers are familiar with are familiar with headline-making issues such as the ...

Repeal unconstitutional state income tax rule

Some leaders of cities across our state and the Ohio Municipal League are arguing against attempts to change income tax laws that allow cities to collect tax from those working remotely, outside city boundaries. But state Sen. Kristina Roegner of Akron maintains workers should not be forced to ...

Time running out for repeal of HB 6

For months, there has been widespread agreement in the Ohio Statehouse that House Bill 6, enacted in 2019, was a bad idea. It authorizes payment of about $1 billion in subsidies to energy companies, including nuclear and solar power interests, over a period of years. Electric customers would ...

Christmas words for my merry little gentlemen

A rousing Christmas morning to all! Heartfelt greetings for the very old to the very young. This would include my father who has been on this blessed planet of ours as of today for some 35,712 days and counting. Give or take a Leap Year day. That covers all or parts of a dozen decades. This ...

Have a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to kids everywhere who tonight will squeeze tightly their eyes and strain to hear reindeer footsteps on the rooftop. They will finally fall asleep in a bed full of warmth and full of dreams. And Merry Christmas to all of us who wish we could still believe in a Santa ...

Gov. DeWine should sign this bill into law

We have come a long way in recognizing that mental illness, even if it results in abhorrent behavior, does not mean a person is ill — or sometimes even capable of resisting violent impulses. Ohio law has not kept up with our understanding. Ohio legislators recognize that. They have approved ...

Give the general some respect but vaccine oversight is needed

Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected by residents of and officials in many states will not be arriving as soon as we had been led to believe. After a few days of confusion — and finger pointing — about the shortfall, U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna fell on his sword a ...

Reject purely punitive police spending cuts

Reforming law enforcement agencies where the stain of bigotry remains a threat to the public is important. We have no doubt the vast majority of men and women in the profession agree with that. But hamstringing them is not the answer. It not only discriminates against good police officers, it ...

Southern hands Lisbon its third straight loss

LISBON—The Lisbon Blue Devils girls basketball team dropped its third straight game after falling to Southern 69-44 on Monday night. Southern used a 44 point second half to pull away with this one. For Southern, Ashley Shroades had 32 points and Olivia Kerns had 23 points. Shroades added 16 ...

Corporate drug pushers persisted

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued this past week ...

Nuts and all, enjoy your shopping time

“It’s going to be nuts!” That was the succinct, declarative observation of someone planning to shop this weekend. The Christmas shopping countdown is down to six days. Crunch time is here. Literally. The final weekend before the big day has arrived. Decent weather should accommodate ...

‘Tis the season for giving — and taking

‘Tis the season. So many of us get into the Christmas spirit of revelry and giving to those we truly care for and love. Sadly, for some this is not a season of giving but of taking. This includes those wanting to break into vehicles in store parking lots to hoist merchandise. It includes ...

If you prefer online shopping, keep it local

It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas from many people in our communities. Bezos did not bring the virus to our country. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do ...

Pandemic creating a different inauguration Day

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade, and then on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer in just a few weeks. Inauguration Day for American presidents has ...

Congress should agree to direct relief payments

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

Studies must find, fix gaps for minorities

Racial minorities have been hit far harder than white Americans by COVID-19. Throughout the epidemic, that has been a constant. But why? Theories abound. One is that African-Americans, whose incomes in general are lower than those for whites, do not benefit from as high a quality of health ...

Vaccines for inmates can’t be for all of them

Forcing people into categories that may not fit them well is foolish under any circumstances. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should not permit it to become a deadly mistake. Like other states, Ohio has a priority list for immunizations by the still relatively scarce COVID-19 vaccine. Health care ...

Salute to Mountaineer who broke barriers

Mountain State residents are proud of Chuck Yeager not just for what he did — but also how he did it. He seemed to revel in West Virginia-style rebelliousness. Rules, he once said, are made for people who aren’t willing to make up their own. Yeager, a retired Air Force general, passed ...

School funding lies in hands of state Senate

Ohio lawmakers are halfway there in terms of finally fixing the state’s unconstitutional school funding system. A proposal for doing so received broad bipartisan support in passing the House of Representatives Dec. 3. Now, however, the ball is in the state Senate’s court. If senators are ...

December 7, 1941 will always life in infamy

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of man. At exactly 7:55 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy struck at Pearl Harbor. And struck hard. The United States’ ...