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Opinion

Slain officer’s letter is poignant message

Editorials

Much of the public’s attention to law enforcement personnel during the past several weeks has focused on the tiny minority who deserve to be called “bad cops.” The enormous number of good officers, deputies, troopers and agents ought to be remembered, too. One of them, Toledo police ...

Parents/guardians: Be vigilant with kids

Editorials

Since the beginning of time, children have found ways to act just outside their parents' awareness. Rapidly changing technology makes that easier — and much more dangerous. Still, most parents try their best to keep an eye on their children's online activities. This week, we learned of a ...

Some law officers need to be better educated

Editorials

Leave aside the political correctness that has resulted in universal condemnation of all law enforcement personnel, for a moment. In the interest of saving lives, let us return at least briefly to using our common sense. As The Associated Press reports, a significant number of officers, ...

Trump should drop reopening pressure

Editorials

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold some federal funds from education institutions, both K-12 and colleges and universities, if they do not reopen soon for the fall semester. Some governors also have issued blanket reopening schedules for their public schools. This is misguided, ...

During heat wave check in on the elderly, infirmed

Editorials

When we have a heat wave, it’s always important to check on those who might be at risk: the elderly — especially those living alone and without air conditioning — and those with health conditions. The same is true now. Yes, we are getting a bit of a break this weekend. But next week’s ...

Yes, worry about your grandparents and all of us

Editorials

Recently, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tried a little psychology when he urged younger residents "If you don't worry about yourself, worry about your grandparents." He was speaking particularly to his "friends in their 20s" who are maybe a bit less cautious in avoiding COVID-19. But while there is a ...

Suicide rates on the rise throughout Ohio

Editorials

As surges in COVID-19 numbers prompt many to again follow social distancing and isolation guidance that was in place for most of the spring, mental health experts are warning about the effects of that kind of isolation — and the hopelessness that comes from the accompanying economic ...

Avoid budget cuts to schools in Ohio

Editorials

With fiscal 2020 now history, the task of keeping budgets balanced during the year that began last Wednesday begins for local and state government officials. Damage to the economy from COVID-19 — some of it possibly permanent — will make that difficult. The state fiscal year runs from ...

Adventures on the press trail with VP Mike Pence

Columns

It’s always exciting covering presidential or vice presidential visits, and my time as pool reporter for Mike Pence’s recent stop in the Mahoning Valley fit the bill. I’ve been selected as “pool reporter” about a dozen times and have never been a fan of it. The pool reporter’s ...

Happy birthday to the United States of America

Editorials

"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 ...