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Opinion

Being ready for the November election

Editorials

County election boards throughout Ohio did a superb job in handling the April primary election. So did hundreds of thousands of voters. Perhaps political science professors already have started writing books about the election process this year. If not, they will. COVID-19 has made the ...

A message to all Ohio 2020 grads

Local Columns

At this time of year, thousands of Ohio students would normally be walking across stages in auditoriums, gyms and arenas to proudly accept their high school, college, or graduate school diplomas. With graduations canceled this year, students and their teachers, friends, and families will miss ...

Annie Glenn did her own kind of soaring

Editorials

Annie Glenn was far more than just the wife of a hero. Her own courage and determination shown brightly, too. Glenn, 100, died last week of complications from COVID-19. Upon learning of her passing, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine summed her up well: “She represented all that is good about our ...

Summer school may aid students who fell behind

Editorials

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school in person — we hope ...

Today is a different kind of Memorial Day

Editorials

Today is different. It is a Memorial Day unlike any of those in the past. There will not be any red, white and blue full splendor public services. No parades, no formal placing of the wreaths and no speeches in front of crowds honoring those who served and died. There will not be any sounds of ...

Government’s ability to spy on citizens must be curbed

Editorials

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other ...

Learning truth about children’s lives

Local Columns

The shutdown of schools in the country has been called “the biggest distance learning experiment in history.” And the children who will suffer the most, say education experts, are those who come from low income families. Parents who work outside the home worry about what their kids are ...

Speed key after suffering stroke

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 ...

Congrats to 2020 Class during difficult times

Editorials

This is the time of year when we typically use this space to send praise and congratulations to high school graduates for their hard work and dedication. Yes, we do that today, but we know this year is different. This year, we honor students not just for their 12 years of dedication and focus ...

Thanks to the Washingtonville VFW

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the families of some Leetonia School students we want to express our gratitude to the members of the Washingtonville VFW. A handful of students are planning on attending the 2021 presidential inauguration and the donation from the VFW to each student is extremely ...

Thoroughly probe insider trading claims

Editorials

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Biden’s ridiculous VP prospect

Editorials

Stacey Abrams has another distinction to add to her resume — she’s among the most preposterous potential vice-presidential candidates ever. Her attempt to leverage a failed Georgia gubernatorial bid into a spot on the Democratic ticket is so brazenly absurd that it’s hard to think of ...

Safety must be on the reopening menu

Editorials

Restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for inside serving on Thursday. They were cleared for outside service last Friday. Already, there have been reports of diners and drinkers not following the rules for social distancing to guard against COVID-19. Social postings were out ...

Precautions essential as daycares, camps open

Editorials

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 ...

West Branch student praises her excellent teacher

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Mrs. (Adrienne) Lesnett is a teacher at West Branch High School and one of the classes she teaches is Honors English 9. Every year Mrs. Lesnett assigns a charity project to her students, having them choose a non-profit charity and raise as much money as they could for it. ...

Lauds recent letter writer for his message

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I want to thank and respond to Robert Spaite for his letter to the editor (May 4). In my opinion, I think it should be reprinted in bold type and maybe someone who should have read it, and needs to read it, might spot it the second time around. I don’t know Mr. Spaite’s ...

Supports rights and freedoms of the individual

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’m a big fan of personal liberty and self-governance. I also value my health and that of those around me. I believe we don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. It doesn’t make sense to me that the prescription for this virus should be one that assaults liberty, ...

Let’s not forget Armed Forces Day

Editorials

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 ...

Stressed out by current events?

Local Columns

Mother’s Day. She had expected her children to visit throughout the day so she showered and dressed, as she did every day, and sat down. Restless and suddenly very tired, she sprawled on her bed to read for a while. But, the futility of fighting sleep was so great she set the book aside and ...

Mobile ‘hotspots’ could connect the underserved

Editorials

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 ...