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Half-year statistics on pace for a record year

There was little question that 2021 would be a busy year for Columbiana County’s justice system. COVID-19 slowed down criminal activity and court closures kicked cases down the road into the new year. But what we are seeing now is something of a remarkable trend in activity. As discussed ...

Common sense: Don’t drive impaired

Common sense: sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts. Here are a few things I remember hearing when I was growing up. — Use your head for something besides a hat rack. — Think for yourself. — Think about the consequences before you act. ...

Semiconductor shortage highlights urgency of U.S. import dependence

In recent weeks, U.S. automakers have been hit hard by a global shortage of semiconductors. It’s the latest problem stemming from America’s over-reliance on a wide range of industrial imports. With the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted global supply chains, U.S. automakers are now ...

Vaccines are key in our fight against coronavirus

Ohio, like the rest of the country, is currently experiencing an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases. The number of new cases per day in Ohio has more than doubled over the last three weeks. In short, the trajectory is not good, with not just more cases, but more hospitalizations, more ...

In social distancing era, rural America needs broadband to survive

Over the last six months, the United States has seen various forms of lockdown as we have worked to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These uncertain times have led many of us to make changes in the way we work, learn, and communicate. Many of these changes have been facilitated by the ...

What you should know about online learning

As COVID-19 moves America’s students out of the classroom and into studying at home, a school with 20 years’ experience in online learning can offer some advice. In the flash of an eye, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of American life. Among the most dramatic ...

Will electricity be affordable in our post COVID-19 nation?

The COVID-19 pandemic is clearly wreaking havoc with the U.S. economy. And Americans are already feeling the pain. As Washington starts to grapple with this economic disruption, there’s a looming problem that must be addressed. Our nation will begin to dig out of the crisis in the coming ...

Working for Ohio during the coronavirus pandemic

The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has changed every facet of life in a short span of time. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that unemployment for this quarter could rise to over 10 percent. According to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nine ...

Preventing suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are living through a global pandemic, with no firm idea how long it will last, whether or not we or our loved ones will be infected by this virus (or worse, die from it), or how long our lives will be upended. This uncertainty can cause and/or heighten anxiety and fear. For those living ...