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Editorials

You can help postal carriers stamp out hunger Saturday

“Fill a bag. Help feed families.” That’s what the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been doing since 1983. The 30th drive will be held Saturday. It is annually our country’s largest single-day food drive. According to that organization, past drives ...

Timing is critical for slowing Russia’s effort

German officials made a surprising announcement in the wake of what has been described as “energy blackmail” by Russia. According to Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck, the country believes it can be independent of Russian fossil fuels by the end of the summer. It already has ...

Our wishes for a great Mother’s Day

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. We offer all deserving moms our heartfelt happy Mother’s Day wishes. Along with roses, hugs and smooches on their cheeks for all the good moms out there — from the first-time mothers to elderly moms who realized that being a parent did not end when a child became ...

Children programs are in need of more funding

Ohio residents understand our future depends on giving our children a good education — a solid foundation on which to build their lives and careers. And, more research indicates, the building of that foundation begins in the pre-school stage. Early childhood education is essential. Yet Ohio ...

Ohio State Parks Week showed what we can offer

During last week’s Ohio State Parks Week, many Buckeye State residents might have been surprised to learn there are 75 state parks, with recreational opportunities ranging from kayaking on Lake Erie to hiking to gorgeous, historic forests and formations. Our own region has great outdoors ...

Commission needs to face consequences

Voting rights advocates worry members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission are intentionally running out the clock and unafraid of consequences as they jeopardize fair, constitutional elections in our state. They may be right. “Throughout this litigation, respondents have repeatedly flouted ...

Who should control education in Ohio?

Ohio lawmakers are gaining national attention for their misguided attempt to control from Columbus what can be taught in Buckeye State classrooms. House Bill 616 models itself after legislation in Florida, but tries to claw even more oversight away from local schools. Sponsored by state Reps. ...

We need to address the root cause of addiction

As we step back from the sense of urgency with which we had been discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, an old plague — one that never left us — is back in the spotlight. The substance abuse epidemic in our region has haunted us all this time, but a frightening new poison has made its way into ...

Keep an open mind on recreational marijuana

In a clever move, a couple of Ohio state representatives chose April 20 to introduce bill language for the Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis. It would allow for cultivation, use by adults over the age of 21 and possession of up to 2.5 ounces. State Reps. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, ...

Numbers really do reflect unemployment concerns

Data is a funny thing. Numbers mean very little without context, yet they can be thrown around in a way that only confuses those looking for answers. Such is the case if one looks at Ohio’s unemployment figures from the first week of April, which were 70.43% lower than the same week a year ...