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Editorials

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 ...

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 ...