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Opinion

Lawmakers need to move quickly with any more aid

Editorials

Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the nation struggles to get an economy stalled by COVID-19 back in gear. Some success has been seen; by June 13, the U.S. unemployment rate was 13.3%, much better than the 14.7% a month before. Still, we have a long way to go. Prior to the coronavirus ...

Court right to clear construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Editorials

Because the U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, what its justices say is the law is the law. Thus, the court’s ruling allowing construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline under part of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia settles one fight over the gas line. It had been ...

Weeding out bad police should aid public trust

Editorials

Use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel is a problem that transcends race, as a video shot recently in Buffalo, New York, makes clear. Taken by a television news crew, the video shows Buffalo police responding to a demonstration in the city’s Niagara Square. Like so many ...

Cocktails to go may help out restaurants

Editorials

Many have wondered whether some of the changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic might become permanent as we transition into a “new normal.” Ohio lawmakers are considering one that should make restaurant and bar owners cheer — but should also come with a note of caution. The ...

Law enforcement bill merits action

Editorials

The overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers and deputies are good men and women who use force only when there is no alternative. They should not have to serve alongside brutes who view badges as licenses to harm other people — and sometimes kill them. Ohio legislators, some ...

All citizens should honor our flag

Editorials

Sunday is Flag Day. Flag Day deserves the respect of each and every one of us. Especially during these current turbulent social times coming smack dab after the height of the virus crisis. After all, we are all Americans first and foremost. Some seem to forget that. Flag Day doesn't carry the ...

‘Grow up’ refrain can cause confusion

Local Columns

“Grow up!” he roared before he let out a string of expletives. And she wondered how much more growing up she had to do. She had thought herself mature long ago, but sometimes she thought that he could stand a little modification. She couldn’t fix him, though. She could fix only herself. ...

Prosecutors should review ODNR spending

Editorials

The idea that government officials should be good stewards of taxpayers’ money does not seem to have caught on. New evidence that some bureaucrats do not see that as important comes from a report by Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer. Meyer’s report details illegal, extravagant and ...

Defunding police isn’t right answer

Editorials

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger. Yet some ...

Gun safety more critical when children are around

Editorials

A family in Cleveland continues to mourn after a 12-year-old boy and his brother found a loaded gun in their father’s truck and tragedy followed last week. Donell King Jr., 12, died after having attempted to take the gun away from his brother, who had picked it up. The gun went off, and ...

Learn from educational responses to virus crisis

Editorials

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was canceled. There is evidence many ...

Remembering the D-Day sacrifices

Editorials

One of the greatest military achievements ever occurred three-quarters of a century and a year ago today. Code named Operation Neptune and usually referred to as D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history began on the shores of Normandy, France. D-Day was a massive invasion of Allied ...

Taking care of elders during the pandemic

Local Columns

When the order came to “stay-at-home” many of the parents of adult children were instructed to shelter in place, make their shopping lists, and the kids would go to make the purchases. And so, like all the other older parents, she and her husband did as their children asked. But the ...

Drink (water), it’s really good for you

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 ...

And still another evil drug emerges

Editorials

Long after COVID-19 is just a bad memory, substance abuse will remain a scourge in across Ohio and our very own region. Years from now, the death toll from it will dwarf the number of fatalities from the virus. We were reminded of the insidious evil of drug abuse last week, when state ...

And still another evil drug emerges

Editorials

Long after COVID-19 is just a bad memory, substance abuse will remain a scourge in across Ohio and our very own region. Years from now, the death toll from it will dwarf the number of fatalities from the virus. We were reminded of the insidious evil of drug abuse last week, when state ...

Keep energy affordable during COVID recovery

Local Columns

In the wake of nearly 40 million jobless claims in recent weeks, Americans are clearly struggling to pay the bills. In fact, a new national poll found that nearly 50 percent of registered voters are increasingly worried about paying for household expenses, including electricity. This isn’t ...

Update on plans for Kent State Columbiana County campuses

Local Columns

As dean, I am writing with an update on plans for the fall semester at the Kent State Columbiana County campuses. First, please understand that there are more than 100 people considering every problem and situation imaginable to make sure we have procedures so that we can welcome students ...

Congress needs to provide relief to hospitals

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Hospitals are some of the largest employers in many counties throughout the state of Ohio, especially in our rural areas like Columbiana County. Ohio's 88 counties count on the jobs provided by these hospitals for a plethora of reasons beyond the health services provided. The ...