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Editorials

Supporting Ohio’s children by supporting their parents

As our country begins to reopen and return to what feels more like ‘normal,’ parents will once again be relying on child care as they return to in-person work. It is good, then, to get confirmation Ohio lawmakers understand the importance of child care. According to the Ohio Capital ...

We need to get better at moving over on roads

Recently, the Ohio State Highway Patrol urged motorists to keep everyone safe by moving over when there is a stationary public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service or highway maintenance vehicle on the side of the road. From 2016-20, OSHP cruisers were involved in 56 crashes that ...

Scouting is vital for the good of our communities

Routinely, the pages of this newspaper carry photos and stories about the amazing projects, lessons and general good things being accomplished every day by local youth who serve society as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. A recent example would be the placement of flags by scouts on the graves of ...

With shrinking population will come new approaches

As the economy reopens in the wake of COVID-19 shutdowns, employers are facing a harsh reality. There are simply fewer workers, including right here in our own area. Yes, some of that right now is due to COVID-related unemployment money still being dispersed. That is obvious and ...

Punish those who fuel abuse issue

It has been more than a decade since opioid abuse exploded into an epidemic in West Virginia. Shady pain clinics, pill mills and unscrupulous doctors became “legal” drug dealers as they reaped as much profit as they could before government caught on. Though agencies did, eventually, catch ...

Ohio lawmakers act to stop hazing

For too long, colleges have had a look-the-other-way mentality when it came to fraternity (and sorority) hazing. For generations, these practices have gone beyond simple bullying of students or stunts to prove “worthiness” for joining — though that is bad enough. Hazing too often moves ...

Fireworks bill is sensible, but caution must be used

Another big fireworks holiday has come and gone. If asked, most local law enforcement officers probably will admit the frustrations that come with attempting to police the excessive number of fireworks calls and complaints around the Fourth of July. It’s a challenge most police officers ...

There should be no senior year do-over

High school is supposed to prepare young adults for their future as adults — whether it’s time to further their ambitions in college or enter into the workforce after graduation. Though plenty of people would love to have a do-over for aspects of their life that didn’t go as planned, ...

Happy birthday to our United States of America!

“The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God ...

Why is the Ohio economy stalling?

It is important for those in government to be forward-thinking and keep a positive outlook. It is also important for them to be realistic and honest about assessing challenges. So, when the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announces the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the ...