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Editorials

Prison system right to use body cameras

Soon, Ohio officers wearing body cameras won’t just be on street patrol. According to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Annette Chambers-Smith, that agency is in the process of purchasing and equipping all of Ohio’s prison and parole staff with body-worn ...

Inch by inch we always get through the storms

We knew snow was coming and it did. Inch after inch after wet and heavy inch. Monday’s snowfall came as expected. It was both imposing — easily our largest snowfall of the season — and visually impressive. Mother Nature became an artist, swathing the landscape in a picturesque ...

Dr. King’s dream and journey continue today

During recent years, it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. Example: allegations that some law enforcement officers and agencies treat African-Americans differently than whites have brought to the surface complaints that had simmered for ...

Have you checked the forecast? Mother Nature packing a punch

We knew something like this was bound to occur. The fickleness of Mother Nature being what it is, we have had a very moderate winter season. So far, that is. It’s about to end. Now comes the snow. Lots of snow, maybe. Those of us who pay attention to weather forecasts are aware that we are ...

Prioritize now to make best use of federal money

As members of Ohio’s Congressional delegation discussed the amount of money headed to our state from the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act, there was agreement: Priorities should be set for the money. U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D- 3rd District, said the funding will be $1.4 billion for ...

Parents can help schools during the rise of COVID

Numbers reported on the delta and omicron (and now the combo “deltacron”) variants of COVID-19 are a little frightening these days, but last week Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued an important reminder to parents and schools. “If we want our kids to be in school, the most important thing we ...

Need for substitute teachers remains fallout from COVID

We knew it was coming, but some Ohio school districts still find themselves scrambling as another surge in the COVID-19 pandemic leaves them short of staff … and substitutes. Last week in the Lakota Schools District near Cincinnati, 60 of 1,400 staff members were out on one day. “We are ...

New Year brings reminder to schedule annual checkups

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and a good reminder that we all need to be proactive in getting our annual checkups. Pandemic worries and overburdened medical facilities have made it more challenging to schedule and keep such relatively routine appointments. But for some people, ...

Let the I-95 catastrophe be an emergency kit reminder

You likely have read about or seen that Interstate 95 wintry nightmare. It all started when a single truck jackknifed on that heavily-traveled route that connects Richmond and Washington DC. It is one of our nation’s busiest highways. A chain reaction of an almost unbelievable proportion ...

Transparency needed to track US weapons

It is a frightening thought: military grade weapons, lost by the U.S. government and appearing again on the streets. An Associated Press investigation found assault rifles, machine guns, handguns, armor-piercing grenades, artillery shells, mortars, grenade launchers and plastic explosives ...