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Editorials

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 ...

An exciting time for the ‘Voltage Valley’

It’s an exciting time for our area — nicknamed by some as “Voltage Valley.” In recent weeks, Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill traveled to Michigan to take part in an event in which General Motors rolled out plans for 13 new electric vehicles in the next five years. The battery-cell ...

U.S. Rep Bill Johnson has earned your vote

Few public officials are as deserving as U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, of proclaiming that they have earned our votes. Johnson’s record in Congress is one of staying in touch with constituents to know what their concerns are — then acting decisively on them in Washington. Johnson serves ...

Reading is certainly fundamental

Read Across America, kicked off each year by the celebration of author Dr. Seuss’s birthday (born March 2, 1904) which was this past Monday, is a fantastic opportunity for teachers and parents to remind kids what a wonderful world awaits them if they embrace reading. For the most part, ...

Better judgment was needed with this child

Children, even very young ones, can be very difficult. On occasion, parents, teachers and others supervising them have to be very strict to protect the youngsters and others around them. But should a 6-year-old be arrested and carted off to any sort of detention by law enforcement ...

Be on the guard against future Harvey Weinsteins

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. Last week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March 11. ...

Victims need protected at all costs

Victims of domestic abuse who are seeking an escape from their situation do not have an easy choice. Fleeing might mean the loss of shelter and financial security — perhaps even the loss of a job, which could prompt the courts to award custody of children to someone else. For some victims, ...

Don’t let evil destroy all of the Boy Scouts’ goodness

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. We have seen that in our own area year after year. We have seen first-hand Boy ...

Protect sports events officials, referees, umps

Apparently, sports does not build character among some people. That conclusion ought to follow reports of increasing harassment, sometimes including physical assault, of referees, umpires and game officials handling youth athletic contests. Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would ...

Taxation should be difficult

Ohio state legislators may be coming to understand the truth of an old warning: No good deed goes unpunished. Some lawmakers have been considering a proposal that the state constitution be amended to make it more difficult for the General Assembly to increase taxes. On the face of it, that ...

Back-up plan is a must for ‘first’ digital census

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

Getting books into hands of children

Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is taking a page out of Dolly Parton’s book and working to establish the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library in all 88 Ohio Counties. If that name sounds familiar to you, it may be because Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is already working with the United ...

How can we help protect our police?

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

The surest sign of spring is arriving

Forget what anyone has told you. Forget that Punxsutawney Phil last Sunday predicted we would have an early spring. Pay no attention to the caterpillars or the information contained on the pages of any almanac. The surest sign that spring is nearly upon us happens this week when pitchers and ...

Nation should use Iowa as a warning

These days, it seems as if there is an app for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...