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Opinion

Help those who have yet to get vaccinated

Editorials

Why is Biden creating his own crisis?Ohioans are witnessing the next phase in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and it is an exciting time. Gov. Mike DeWine continues to expand access. Monday he authorized health departments and other vaccine providers to give shots to anyone over age 16, if they ...

The changing face of law enforcement

Local Columns

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series highlighting different aspects of law, punishment, and corrections in Columbiana County. Abruzzino was elected county prosecutor in November. Upon entering office in early January, it became evident that the face of law enforcement ...

State sees some success after suing Census Bureau

Editorials

Ohio has seen some success after it sued the U.S. Census Bureau for delaying the release of data needed to redraw political districts and make other governmental decisions. Census Bureau officials now say they will release the data earlier than planned ... but in an “outdated format.” They ...

Restrictions on health orders reach too far

Editorials

Ohio’s Republican lawmakers, trying for about a year now to rein in Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s authority to issue public health orders during the pandemic, may finally have the votes to do it. Senate Bill 22 would let Ohio’s General Assembly vote on whether to extend or end states of ...

No one can be turned away from the vaccine

Editorials

An Ohio man’s accusations are raising questions about whether those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the state can be turned away because they do not have health insurance. The answer is an unequivocal no. According to a man who said he is a diabetic, there were no appointments ...

Helping reduce addiction stigma

Local Columns

Like many other folks, I cannot imagine what it is like to become addicted to a substance. But I have thought, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” And I am grateful for my problems that I can usually figure out for myself and not compound them with addiction. So far so good! I also ...

Screening key for colorectal cancer

Local Columns

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

Not a big fan of Witcover

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With reference to your Tuesday, March 9 editorial page, please note the following: “Normal governing has returned?” Jules Witcover, my favorite left-leaning, progressive, myopic totally Democrat columnist, has proclaimed Biden’s first 48 days or so as “normal ...

Investing in Ohio a key to our future

Local Columns

Major crises are powerfully transformative events. After an extremely challenging time in Ohio brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic, we have an opportunity this year to make the kinds of investments that will bring renewal and recovery across the state. The budget I unveiled last ...

Open government is good government

Editorials

Sunshine Week is under way. It’s about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who is on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine Week is an effort of the ...

Mass clinics will be a big push toward vaccination

Editorials

Ohio officials announced last week a mass vaccination clinic planned to administer 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day will open in Cleveland this month. That is wonderful news, but it is a FEMA-supported federal project that will likely not have much impact on Ohioans outside the Cleveland metro ...

Affordable plan needed for state infrastructure

Editorials

We have entered the time of year when faults in our roads and bridges are more obvious than ever. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Ohio’s infrastructure is only getting worse. The ASCE graded Ohio in 16 categories. The state earned an overall C-minus. Ohio’s ASCE ...

Taking another look at using wind power

Editorials

It has not been so long ago that liberal politicians and billionaires were screeching about the dangers of extraction industries and the benefits of renewable energy sources, while at the same time refusing to allow a major wind farm off the coast of their Massachusetts estates because they ...

Public, bidders deserve answers on USPS pact

Editorials

There are lots of questions about the process that led to awarding a giant federal government contract to a Wisconsin-based company rather than to a company with ties to the Mahoning Valley. The U.S. Postal Service vehicle contract worth billions of dollars will be publicly funded, and ...

Mental illness collides with criminal justice

Editorials

There was a time when Ohioans experiencing mental health crises could get help that was less likely to intersect with the criminal justice system. In past decades, a state-run local hospital, for instance, was able to evaluate and offer both short and long-term mental health treatment, if ...

As things brighten, don’t let guard down

Editorials

Slowly we are seeing the light brighten at the end of the tunnel. It was just last week when Gov. Mike DeWine announced limits on sporting and entertainment venue attendance would be relaxed, now permitting 30 percent of the maximum outdoor capacity or 25 percent of maximum indoor spectators ...

Not a fan of DeWine’s handling of virus

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Ohio Governor Dewine has told us to avoid large gatherings, avoid eating with others outside your household and wear a mask. Like good brainwashed Chinese soldiers, we put on our masks that if not handmade are made in China. While politicians like DeWine says to follow the ...

Removal of books should be a wake-up call

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I watch the news this morning and see that President Biden has decided to remove Dr. Seuss books. There are six books that will not be published. This is dictatorship, as far as I am concerned. I do not think the president should have the right to do this. It is overstepping his ...

Just how safe is vaping?

Local Columns

Vaping is not safe. Not for you, not for your kids, not for anyone. The vapor that is created by the devices is not harmless water vapor. Even though the packaging may say there is no nicotine, published reports say that the devices have been tested and do, in fact, contain the harmful ...