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Editorials

Victims of abuse need to know there is support

Victims of abuse need to know they have the support of those in a position to do something about it, should those victims find the courage to report what has been happening to them. Those who are more vulnerable — or feel even more dependent on a system such as, for example, a college’s ...

Passion behind MLK’s letter resonate today

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, last week stood on the floor of the Senate chamber in our U.S. Capitol to read a lengthy passage from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s letter from Burmingham Jail. Brown was joined U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania; Bill Cassidy, ...

Students should get vaccines now

Gov. Mike DeWine is working to catch college students while they are still on campus to get them their COVID-19 vaccinations. With Ohio’s institutions of higher learning getting the chance to offer vaccine clinics for students, an important step is being taken, despite the widely held belief ...

Stats reflect poorly on children’s health

Ohio residents care deeply about the wellbeing of our children, but a recent report suggests that does not always translate to the way we take care of their health. In WalletHub’s ranking of 2021’s Best and Worst States for Children’s Health Care, Ohio was among the very worst — 44th in ...

Parents: The season of vigilance is here

“My child would never do any thing like that!” Sure, of course not. “Some thing” and “any thing” in this case are interchangeable: parents referencing underage drinking by their children. You would guess those words are often uttered. And have been each and every prior spring. ...

Addressing Ohio’s infrastructure needs

President Biden’s administration released its Infrastructure Report Card this week, as part of its push to persuade lawmakers to approve trillions of dollars on infrastructure. There is no doubt an infrastructure bill is needed. The report card gives Ohio a grade of C-, saying “In Ohio ...

Patience needed in filing COVID funeral claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency began accepting applications Monday for reimbursement of funeral expenses for people who have died since Jan. 20, 2020, of COVID-19. Billions of dollars were allocated for these expenses as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. According to FEMA, ...

With a semblance of the state fair on slate, hopes are high locally

The Ohio State Fair will go on this summer, but it won’t be open to folks like us. In fact, it won’t be open to any public, due, of course, to public health concerns. As we work hard to emerge from this seemingly never-ending pandemic, the Ohio Expositions Commission, which runs the ...

There is no excuse for all the littering

Think tossing a fast-food wrapper or plastic bottle out of your vehicle window, rather than waiting until it can be disposed of properly, is harmless? Well, if you’re not worried about the environmental impact or the creation of an eyesore in heavily travelled areas, maybe the financial cost ...

Manchin opposes Biden tax increase

President Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% to fund his massive infrastructure plan already has at least one Senate democrat in opposition: Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. During a segment Monday on statewide Talkline, Manchin said raising the corporate tax rate above 25% ...