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Opinion

Gov. DeWine should sign this bill into law

Editorials

We have come a long way in recognizing that mental illness, even if it results in abhorrent behavior, does not mean a person is ill — or sometimes even capable of resisting violent impulses. Ohio law has not kept up with our understanding. Ohio legislators recognize that. They have approved ...

Give the general some respect but vaccine oversight is needed

Editorials

Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected by residents of and officials in many states will not be arriving as soon as we had been led to believe. After a few days of confusion — and finger pointing — about the shortfall, U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna fell on his sword a ...

No, Harris will not be the first

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In your article “Reforming Relationships with our Native Indians” you mentioned that president-elect Biden is being urged to pick the first Native American Indian for his cabinet and that she would be the first Native American to serve in the cabinet. I beg to differ. Vice ...

Where are our political leaders?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have seen tremendous support and love shown to the nurses of East Liverpool City Hospital from the community. But their support has made blatantly clear the absence of one very influential group. Where are all our political leaders? Their silence is loud and clear. They are ...

Let’s try some random acts of kindness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Step out and find out.” In these trying times we find ourselves living in, what we all need is a good dose of hope. God created us to need other people. Even though we all are different, we complete each other when we celebrate life together. His love through us can heal ...

Reject purely punitive police spending cuts

Editorials

Reforming law enforcement agencies where the stain of bigotry remains a threat to the public is important. We have no doubt the vast majority of men and women in the profession agree with that. But hamstringing them is not the answer. It not only discriminates against good police officers, it ...

Southern hands Lisbon its third straight loss

Editorials

LISBON—The Lisbon Blue Devils girls basketball team dropped its third straight game after falling to Southern 69-44 on Monday night. Southern used a 44 point second half to pull away with this one. For Southern, Ashley Shroades had 32 points and Olivia Kerns had 23 points. Shroades added 16 ...

Corporate drug pushers persisted

Editorials

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued this past week ...

When life gives you lemons

Local Columns

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The winter holiday that you celebrate is near. At our house, this is Christmas. You have your family traditions: the decorations around your home, the delicious foods you prepare only at this special time of the year, the exchange of gifts, the ...

Nuts and all, enjoy your shopping time

Editorials

“It’s going to be nuts!” That was the succinct, declarative observation of someone planning to shop this weekend. The Christmas shopping countdown is down to six days. Crunch time is here. Literally. The final weekend before the big day has arrived. Decent weather should accommodate ...

When life gives you lemons

Local Columns

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The winter holiday that you celebrate is near. At our house, this is Christmas. You have your family traditions: the decorations around your home, the delicious foods you prepare only at this special time of the year, the exchange of gifts, the ...

‘Tis the season for giving — and taking

Editorials

‘Tis the season. So many of us get into the Christmas spirit of revelry and giving to those we truly care for and love. Sadly, for some this is not a season of giving but of taking. This includes those wanting to break into vehicles in store parking lots to hoist merchandise. It includes ...

If you prefer online shopping, keep it local

Editorials

It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas from many people in our communities. Bezos did not bring the virus to our country. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do ...

Pandemic creating a different inauguration Day

Editorials

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade, and then on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer in just a few weeks. Inauguration Day for American presidents has ...

Congress should agree to direct relief payments

Editorials

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

Studies must find, fix gaps for minorities

Editorials

Racial minorities have been hit far harder than white Americans by COVID-19. Throughout the epidemic, that has been a constant. But why? Theories abound. One is that African-Americans, whose incomes in general are lower than those for whites, do not benefit from as high a quality of health ...

The earlier, the better

Local Columns

Those of us who have never dealt with a substance use disorder have no profound understanding of how it happens or why that loved one can’t get past the need for the substance. But, if or when it happens, we can be a part of their treatment and recovery in a positive, proper way. Does that ...

Advancing age and the holidays

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 ...

Vaccines for inmates can’t be for all of them

Editorials

Forcing people into categories that may not fit them well is foolish under any circumstances. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should not permit it to become a deadly mistake. Like other states, Ohio has a priority list for immunizations by the still relatively scarce COVID-19 vaccine. Health care ...

Salute to Mountaineer who broke barriers

Editorials

Mountain State residents are proud of Chuck Yeager not just for what he did — but also how he did it. He seemed to revel in West Virginia-style rebelliousness. Rules, he once said, are made for people who aren’t willing to make up their own. Yeager, a retired Air Force general, passed ...