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Opinion

Explanation regarding drastic LGF reduction

Columns

I am writing as a member of the County Budget Commission to give you a straightforward explanation of why your local government funds (LGF) were drastically cut. No politics. No unwarranted criticism. But no cover-up either. Just facts. I am not running for any office. But your elected ...

Protecting, treating kids should be prioritized

Editorials

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

Affordable energy needed during pandemic, heat wave

Columns

As the coronavirus continues to upend the country, Americans are facing unique challenges. Millions are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. If that isn’t bad enough, electricity bills are also rising right now during peak summer demand. That means staying cool has suddenly become an ...

Pre-election social media: Be very skeptical of it all

Editorials

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election now less than three months away, that should come as no ...

Nursing home residents must be virus-protected

Editorials

About 40 percent of the more than 146,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. There have seen some in our own area. Somehow, despite knowing older people with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to ...

Don’t shut the press out of the GOP event

Editorials

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire whoever came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to their opponents. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later this month ...

Census is still waiting; do your part, fill it out

Editorials

Had a lot on your mind lately? You’re not alone. The past several months have been difficult for all resident across our area, our state and our entire nation as a deadly virus and our response to it has changed the way we interact with each other — and has placed many of us into a state of ...

State must hold GM accountable

Editorials

Ohio’s Tax Credit Authority is expected this month to assess whether General Motors should repay the state $60.3 million in tax incentives for its former assembly plant in Lordstown. The authority should rule that GM must pay back the full amount it received in tax credits because it closed ...

Don’t forget the fight against other maladies

Editorials

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in the ...

States should foot the bill for mail-in ballot postage

Editorials

Of all the irrational debates Americans could be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported earlier this month tops them all. Of course, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, there ...