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Editorials

Governor’s plan would help small businesses

Gov. Mike DeWine last week proposed, as part of the state’s two-year budget plan, to spend about $1 billion to help Ohio businesses and communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-time allocation is particularly targeted at helping small businesses in the entertainment and ...

Yost right to call for halt to extra energy payments

Kudos to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost for taking it upon himself to head to the table with FirstEnergy in an attempt to hammer out an agreement to stop collection of the guaranteed profit subsidy approved by Ohio lawmakers as part of a tainted energy bill. As part of the settlement, ...

Look at Investing in Ohio Initiative

Ohio lawmakers begin work on the next two-year budget cycle, Gov. Mike DeWine has thrown them the $1 billion Investing in Ohio Initiative. The idea is that at a time when frozen state spending and other factors have meant some savings, and there is a temporary increase in the availability of ...

New redistricting plan was needed

How political districts for state and federal offices get drawn this year will be different from how it was done 10 years ago, and 10 years before that. Gerrymandering — the to-the-victor-go-the-spoils approach previously employed — has been ditched, mostly, for a new plan designed to make ...

Feud between lawmakers, Gov. DeWine needs to stop

The feud between state lawmakers and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has got to stop somewhere. We suggest it stop with hammering out a budget agreement and an understanding how to help small businesses recover from the pandemic. The first year of the pandemic was hit hard —hard hit indeed by angry ...

DeWine should get rid of the COVID-19 curfew

We are glad to see Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to relax the Ohio COVID-19 curfew by one hour, but we’ll be even more pleased when it goes away completely. That’s because the curfew has produced little to no measurable results in combating the spread of COVID-19. DeWine first announced ...

Parties must not interfere in the U.S. Senate race

As Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman approaches the end of his second six-year term, “partisan gridlock” has triggered his decision not to seek re-election next year. The decision is a blow to Republicans hoping to regain the Senate in two years, after it flipped this year to a 50-50 tie, ...

With February comes Black History Month

With February comes Black History Month. Its celebration of our nation’s Blacks became a national observance in 1976 under President Gerald Ford. As always, the month calls to mind great community leaders, from the civil rights movement, from academia, from city leadership, law enforcement ...

It is a great time to be a scam artist

Right now is a great time to be a scam artist. Tax season is always fertile for the unscrupulous. Plus, there have been reports of con jobs emerging surrounding COVID vaccinations. Then there are the run-of-the-mill general scams that occur any time of the year. It is terrible when anybody ...

Ohio Job and Family Services fraud continues to happen

As the number of applications for unemployment assistance exploded all over the country, so did the opportunities for fraud — theft of taxpayer dollars. Officials in most states have been working hard against it, but the onslaught is overwhelming. Ohio Job and Family Services Director Kim ...

Taking a hard look at our state budget

Most Ohioans have felt the financial strain as the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on our nation. Despite a couple of federal stimulus efforts, the struggle grinds on. State government has been affected to, and Gov. Mike DeWine responded properly last week when he ordered $390 million in ...

W. Va., not Ohio, seems to have a plan figured out

Why is it that the delays and struggles in Ohio’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines — and in many other parts of the country — are not being experienced in neighboring West Virginia? As demand for the COVID-19 vaccination exceeds supply, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week announced plans to ...

Opioids death toll on the rise in Ohio

As concerns continue to grow about the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing toll it takes every day, it’s easy to forget about other health issues that continue to have a devastating effect on our region. A sad reminder came last week when Ohio Attorney General David Yost released a report ...

Fighting effects of Ohio House Bill 6

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost continues to fight the damaging effects of House Bill 6, which is at the center of a $60 million federal bribery investigation, and was intended to bail out FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Energy Harbor. This time he has asked the Franklin County Common Pleas Court ...

Radicalization happened and needs to be stopped

For generations now, Americans have watched as around the globe extremist organizations found a way to recruit enough militarily capable men and women to carry out deadly terrorist acts against their own governments and innocent victims. Through it all, many Americans believed they understood ...

Unfounded fears rise in healthcare workers

Officials working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to those who need it most have run into an unfathomable problem. Health care workers are buying into the nonsense that the vaccine might not be safe, and are refusing the shot. Not all of them are so bull-headed, of course. Many are doing the right ...

The dream of Dr. King should live in all of us

During the past few years, it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. Example: allegations that some law enforcement officers and agencies treat African-Americans differently than whites have brought to the surface complaints that had simmered for ...

COVID-19 variant emerges in Ohio

COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed throughout the state and in our own region. We ran a page one story Friday about a vaccination complex that will be operating at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds. Other vaccination sites are up and running including at our local hospitals, senior living ...

Silencing speech is a bad precedent

Every American should be concerned with the actions taken by the major online tech platforms to ban President Donald Trump’s social media accounts. It sets an alarming precedent and has raised concern among many world leaders. The action took place last week following the attack on the U.S. ...

Pass the bill that would provide internet access

The COVID-19 epidemic has made apparent the glaring need in how we educate children. With their schools closed, millions of students for weeks or even months on end have been forced to rely on “remote learning” via the internet. But online learning is impossible for a significant number ...