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Editorials

Prepare now to react quickly to a next crisis

“Mission not really of much use” probably is not the slogan those in the military would choose for their genuinely superhuman efforts to help areas such as New York City that have been slammed hard by COVID-19. And in truth, the armed forces have done an excellent, life-saving job. But ...

Ohio should plan now for the Nov. 3 election

The faux pas that snowballed into chaos, confusion and last-minute changes for voters during this year’s all-mail primary election must be avoided well before the November general election. If there is any inkling that the COVID-19 pandemic and social-distancing issues still might exist in ...

Keep taxpayers off hook of public pension woes

Within a month, Congress and President Donald Trump have increased the national debt by more than 10 percent by enacting about $2.7 trillion in bailouts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. American families, businesses, hospitals and local and state governments are among the beneficiaries. That ...

Target science, not just growing fed spending

COVID-19 is focusing attention on another epidemic in the United States. It is the national debt, now at approximately $24.3 trillion. To that, of course, will have to be added the at least $2 trillion in federal funding to save the economy from being another victim of the virus. Think about ...

Return to work with great caution

Gov. Mike DeWine gained an enormous amount of credibility by the way he handled the COVID-19 outbreak in its early stages. Beyond any reasonable doubt, the state approach, led by the governor, has saved lives. As of Thursday, the state had recorded 14,694 cases of COVID-19, resulting in 656 ...

Keeping schools closed is prudent

Gov. Mike DeWine is eager to get the state’s economy moving again in a measured manner. He has cautioned there may be setbacks in the effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading. On Monday, he took a giant step to avoid that: DeWine announced public schools in Ohio will remain closed for the ...

Remote learning teaching us some important lessons

An early step most states took in dealing with the novel coronavirus epidemic was closing public schools. That was wise for the good of both students and those to whom the children, perhaps not showing symptoms, might have transmitted COVID-19. Many, probably most, school systems already had ...

Remote learning teaching us some important lessons

An early step most states took in dealing with the novel coronavirus epidemic was closing public schools. That was wise for the good of both students and those to whom the children, perhaps not showing symptoms, might have transmitted COVID-19. Many, probably most, school systems already had ...

Keeping schools closed is prudent

Gov. Mike DeWine is eager to get the state’s economy moving again in a measured manner. He has cautioned there may be setbacks in the effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading. On Monday, he took a giant step to avoid that: DeWine announced public schools in Ohio will remain closed for the ...

Earth Day reaches 50th anniversary

The year 1970 was eventful. Consider some notable happenings: — President Nixon ordered U.S. forces to cross into neutral Cambodia, which widened the Vietnam War. His decision ignited nationwide riots which led to the Kent State shootings and four dead students and others injured. — A ...

Don’t be so quick to jump back to normal

President Trump was right last week to clarify his position and remind Americans it will be the governors of our states responsible for determining how and WHEN we begin the tricky process of loosening COVID-19 restrictions. “The governors are responsible,” he said. That is correct. And ...

Find better ways to protect inmates

Columbiana County has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. As this was written there were 135 cases in the county. Ten people have died of the disease. Sixty of those positive case patients — including five of the deaths —were at the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution. Yes, that ...

Congress must fix flaws with CARES

A CARES-2 Act needs to be written and enacted as soon as possible in Washington — not necessarily to pump more money into the national COVID-19 recovery effort, but to correct flaws in the original law. The ink is barely dry on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which ...

Have a glorious and happy Easter weekend

Good morning and a very glorious and happy Easter weekend to all of you. It is a very special time for sure. Yes, let the Easter season be glorious and happy despite all that we have endured the past weeks and will continue to do so. This will all ultimately pass. No matter what the hardship ...

Must continue to do our best to tamp down virus

Had COVID-19 unleashed its full fury on every region of the United States at once, the situation now would be nearly unmanageable — and much more deadly than we hope will be the case. Fortunately, the disease is progressing at different stages in different places. Large cities such as New ...

Unpreparedness for COVID-19 outbreak a bipartisan failure

Nearly 6,000 of the protective masks sent to Alabama from the federal stockpile of medical supplies were supposed to have been thrown away a decade ago. Materials in them had sustained dry rot and were unusable, according to The Associated Press. Meanwhile, more than 150 ventilators sent to ...

Help for Ohioans during an extraordinary crisis

Last week, the Senate passed and the president signed into law an unprecedented bipartisan rescue package called the CARES Act that devotes $2 trillion towards helping the United States weather the storm of the coronavirus pandemic. Here in Ohio, where families, businesses, and our health ...

We remain your main news source

Dear reader, We are going through trying times. Mere weeks ago most Americans were unaware of something called the COVID-19 coronavirus. After all, it was something people on the other side of the world were dealing with. Not us. Not here in our own region. In our own towns and ...

Being inventive can be hazardous

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up with a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any ...

Equipment deficit shows vulnerability

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our atmosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...