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Editorials

Protecting the Amish population in Ohio

Ohio has a substantial number of Amish residents. Some are in our own region. All too frequently, we have to report accidents in which motor vehicles have struck horse-draw buggies operated by the Amish. Ohio already has laws on the books intended to safeguard the Amish, but obviously, they ...

Back-up plan is a must for ‘first’ digital census

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

Cracker fund is a sound investment

Ohio state officials revealed last week that they are pumping another $20 million into the proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. That brings total state involvement through JobsOhio to $70 million — for a project that has not yet been announced officially as a done deal. State ...

Getting books into hands of children

Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is taking a page out of Dolly Parton’s book and working to establish the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library in all 88 Ohio Counties. If that name sounds familiar to you, it may be because Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is already working with the United ...

Talks on enviromental issues are good for all

General Motors did the right thing by inviting a local environmental group to meet with the company to discuss the group’s concerns ahead of next month’s public hearing about a permit application to build a new electric vehicle battery plant on Lordstown acreage that includes a large swath ...

Reports cards needed to gauge students’ progress

Parents who disagree with marks their children receive on school report cards sometimes argue the grading system is not fair and should be altered. Few suggest grades ought to be done away with entirely. That would be crazy. Children’s progress in school has to be measured somehow. That ...

Nation should use Iowa as a warning

These days, it seems as if there is an app for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

The surest sign of spring is arriving

Forget what anyone has told you. Forget that Punxsutawney Phil last Sunday predicted we would have an early spring. Pay no attention to the caterpillars or the information contained on the pages of any almanac. The surest sign that spring is nearly upon us happens this week when pitchers and ...

Cracker fund is a sound investment

Ohio state officials revealed last week that they are pumping another $20 million into the proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. That brings total state involvement through JobsOhio to $70 million — for a project that has not yet been announced officially as a done deal. State ...

This month is a time for reflection

Black History Month 2020 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “African Americans and the Vote” is the theme selected by the Association for the Study of African American ...