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Editorials

Review prisons, add needed safeguards

When COVID-19 invaded Ohio about four months ago, virtually no one was ready for it. Had we known then what we know now — lives could have been saved. Our ability to combat the coronavirus has improved dramatically. But in one of the most at-risk populations in Ohio — state prisons — ...

We must repay our disabled veterans

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice for us. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, ...

We must repay our disabled veterans

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice for us. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, ...

Punishing those who aided Strauss

For months since the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ misdeeds at Ohio State University surfaced, people have wondered how he got away with it for so long. While serving as a doctor for OSU athletic teams during the 1990s, Strauss sexually abused hundreds of young men. Some of them complained at ...

Slain officer’s letter is poignant message

Much of the public’s attention to law enforcement personnel during the past several weeks has focused on the tiny minority who deserve to be called “bad cops.” The enormous number of good officers, deputies, troopers and agents ought to be remembered, too. One of them, Toledo police ...

Parents/guardians: Be vigilant with kids

Since the beginning of time, children have found ways to act just outside their parents' awareness. Rapidly changing technology makes that easier — and much more dangerous. Still, most parents try their best to keep an eye on their children's online activities. This week, we learned of a ...

Trump should drop reopening pressure

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold some federal funds from education institutions, both K-12 and colleges and universities, if they do not reopen soon for the fall semester. Some governors also have issued blanket reopening schedules for their public schools. This is misguided, ...

Some law officers need to be better educated

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, ...

During heat wave check in on the elderly, infirmed

When we have a heat wave, it’s always important to check on those who might be at risk: the elderly — especially those living alone and without air conditioning — and those with health conditions. The same is true now. Yes, we are getting a bit of a break this weekend. But next week’s ...

Yes, worry about your grandparents and all of us

Recently, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tried a little psychology when he urged younger residents "If you don't worry about yourself, worry about your grandparents." He was speaking particularly to his "friends in their 20s" who are maybe a bit less cautious in avoiding COVID-19. But while there is a ...

Suicide rates on the rise throughout Ohio

As surges in COVID-19 numbers prompt many to again follow social distancing and isolation guidance that was in place for most of the spring, mental health experts are warning about the effects of that kind of isolation — and the hopelessness that comes from the accompanying economic ...

Avoid budget cuts to schools in Ohio

With fiscal 2020 now history, the task of keeping budgets balanced during the year that began last Wednesday begins for local and state government officials. Damage to the economy from COVID-19 — some of it possibly permanent — will make that difficult. The state fiscal year runs from July ...

Happy birthday to the United States of America

"The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God ...

Ohio’s high court will hear guns in schools argument

Allowing public school teachers to carry or have access to firearms while on the job is a tough topic. Armed educators can save lives if schools are invaded by people bent on violence, say proponents of the idea. Which, sadly, has happened multiple times in our country. Critics worry about gun ...

Rights of individuals? Read the preamble

This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is a clear ...

Students should be allowed to show faith

Ensuring public school students are not penalized because of their religious beliefs is a worthwhile goal, even if pitfalls are encountered during the process. Last month Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a bill intended to expand the religious freedom of students in public schools. It was ...

This time the focus on our region was about winning

All eyes were on Lordstown last week. Lordstown Motors Corp., that is, as Vice President Mike Pence traveled here during Thursday’s unveiling of the Valley’s newest locally manufactured vehicle, the Endurance, an all-electric pickup truck set to be built in the former General Motors ...

Taking action on law enforcement reform

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is right: Proposals for law enforcement reforms “have been around for a long time — and it’s time for us to take action.” DeWine unveiled his recommendations for change last week. They include common-sense changes such as no longer allowing the Ohio State Highway ...

Transparency needed with fed relief funds

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

Ohio Supreme Court got this one correct

The stance that, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” is among the most powerful — and important — comments ever made on freedom of speech. Some attribute it to the French Enlightenment philosopher/historian Voltaire. It is an important ...