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Editorials

Restrictions on health orders reach too far

Ohio’s Republican lawmakers, trying for about a year now to rein in Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s authority to issue public health orders during the pandemic, may finally have the votes to do it. Senate Bill 22 would let Ohio’s General Assembly vote on whether to extend or end states of ...

No one can be turned away from the vaccine

An Ohio man’s accusations are raising questions about whether those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the state can be turned away because they do not have health insurance. The answer is an unequivocal no. According to a man who said he is a diabetic, there were no appointments ...

Open government is good government

Sunshine Week is under way. It’s about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who is on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine Week is an effort of the ...

Mass clinics will be a big push toward vaccination

Ohio officials announced last week a mass vaccination clinic planned to administer 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day will open in Cleveland this month. That is wonderful news, but it is a FEMA-supported federal project that will likely not have much impact on Ohioans outside the Cleveland metro ...

Affordable plan needed for state infrastructure

We have entered the time of year when faults in our roads and bridges are more obvious than ever. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Ohio’s infrastructure is only getting worse. The ASCE graded Ohio in 16 categories. The state earned an overall C-minus. Ohio’s ASCE ...

Taking another look at using wind power

It has not been so long ago that liberal politicians and billionaires were screeching about the dangers of extraction industries and the benefits of renewable energy sources, while at the same time refusing to allow a major wind farm off the coast of their Massachusetts estates because they ...

Public, bidders deserve answers on USPS pact

There are lots of questions about the process that led to awarding a giant federal government contract to a Wisconsin-based company rather than to a company with ties to the Mahoning Valley. The U.S. Postal Service vehicle contract worth billions of dollars will be publicly funded, and ...

Mental illness collides with criminal justice

There was a time when Ohioans experiencing mental health crises could get help that was less likely to intersect with the criminal justice system. In past decades, a state-run local hospital, for instance, was able to evaluate and offer both short and long-term mental health treatment, if ...

New ODH system must be as fast as possible

Better late than never, as the Ohio Department of Health announced this week it will retire the manual reporting system it had been using to provide what it claimed was a real-time death toll from COVID-19. Readers will recall that system was blamed last month for the undercounting of more than ...

Need to help small biz with ongoing changes

As members of Congress consider another stimulus , a report out of Ohio last week should give them some sense of urgency. According to an Alignable A1 Revenue Poll, 51 percent of Ohio’s small businesses said revenue expectations will fail to meet their needs by the end of March. Without more ...