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Have a glorious and happy Easter weekend

Good morning and a very glorious and happy Easter weekend to all of you. It is a very special time for sure. Yes, let the Easter season be glorious and happy despite all that we have endured the past weeks and will continue to do so. This will all ultimately pass. No matter what the hardship ...

State Rep’s message: Been actively involved

As your state representative I believe it is important that the people I serve know that I have been, and continue to be, actively engaged in the battle against COVID-19 in Columbiana County. Due to my position, I have had the unique opportunity to be a part of the inner circle of high-level ...

Angst grows for prison workers

LISBON — All employees at the federal prison in Elkton have been told by the Columbiana County Health Department to follow the self-quarantine protocols when not at work because of their likely exposure to the COVID-19 virus. In a letter dated March 31, Health Commissioner Wes Vins stated ...

The mercurial fortunes of Biden

WASHINGTON — Seldom before has a major American politician endured greater ups and downs in his career than the former vice president from Delaware. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 at age 29, weeks before he was old enough to qualify and serve, he lost his young wife and infant daughter ...

Questions about ‘China First’ shipment

A little less than two months ago, the U.S. State Department made a curious announcement that suggests President Trump’s “America First” administration put “China First” at a critical moment during the burgeoning Wuhan pandemic. I asked the State Department about the controversy ...

How Cuomo filled the void

“Politics abhors a vacuum,” said the late John McCain, as have others. The coronavirus menace shows the truth of it. President Donald Trump’s floundering response created a void into which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was sucked. New York City is itself a stage, and Cuomo now commandeers ...

Managing a virus disaster

I’m not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. Putting the disease in perspective, we might look at current influenza illnesses. According to Centers for Disease Control estimates, between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 14, 2020, there have ...

Pandemic reveals flaws in global supply chain

Recently, the U.S. Senate investigated America's heavy reliance on China for key medicines and pharmaceutical ingredients. This is now a pressing issue, since the coronavirus pandemic has revealed troubling vulnerabilities in America's globalized supply chains. In fact, the United States ...

Fact: COVID-19 sickens but rarely kills

Yes. The world is in the midst of a pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. But in between all the political posturing and breathless, fear-inducing media coverage, can we all just take a deep, cleansing breath? In fact, take four or five. I usually deal in crime statistics, but this week, let’s ...

Will the world remember the dishonesty?

This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster — a new and deadly epidemic. Both made choices that the world will judge. China. The virus made its first appearance in a Wuhan “wet market,” an emporium (apparently common in China) that featured live and ...