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Editorials

Reducing hesitancy

Try as they might, Ohio officials have not yet been able to convince all those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccines. Ohioans of all ages and from all walks of life continue to go about their daily routines with the protection the shots can provide to them and others. But Gov. Mike ...

Keep kids healthy

Buckeye State residents care deeply about the wellbeing of our children, but a recent report suggests that does not always translate to the way we take care of their health. In WalletHub’s ranking of 2021’s Best and Worst States for Children’s Health Care, Ohio was 44th. As the ...

Catholics deserve better

There’s nothing wrong with buying expensive clothes. There’s nothing wrong with booking stays in hotels. There’s nothing wrong with a bonus for work well done. There’s nothing wrong with any of those items — as long as you are able to pay for them with your own ...

Let’s get back to work

Talk to any business owner, manager or HR supervisor and you will hear the same story, we can’t find people to work. We have jobs but no applicants. In most cases this lack of workforce is hampering a business’s ability to grow and service customers. As the area, region, state and nation ...

Everyone get vaccinated

Ohio is bringing some of its health orders in line with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the result should be more flexibility for some residents. One example is Buckeye State athletes, or students participating in other activities, no longer need to quarantine after ...

Increase access

More than a year after the pandemic changed how everything in our lives operates — including government — it continues to concern us that some local governments fail to adequately host meetings accessible to the public. Two recent examples come to mind. First was a meeting of St. ...

Explain police call

For months, many have wondered what in the world was going on with law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol Complex that would have allowed the Jan. 6 breach. Last week, we got some insight. In a radio transmission heard by members of the House Administration Committee, a U.S. Capitol Police ...

Celebrate Earth Day

Thursday is an important day for our planet — it’s Earth Day. The theme of this year’s recognition is Restore our Earth, and it represents a chance for everyone to recognize and appreciate the land on which we live. Every year, Americans join people around the world in the celebration ...

High cost of COVID

Perhaps the most unsettling recent reminder of the horrors of the COVID-19 pandemic came last week, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency unveiled its new funeral assistance program hotline. More than 1 million callers tried to get through, creating busy signals and “technical ...

Support kids and the arts

Auditoriums in our area’s schools have come to life once again, as the region’s high school schools and colleges are presenting their annual spring productions. The performances offer a great opportunity for relatives, friends and area residents to support work being done in our local ...

Infrastructure real focus

President Biden’s administration released its Infrastructure Report Card this week, as part of its push to persuade lawmakers to approve trillions of dollars on infrastructure. There is no doubt an infrastructure bill is needed, and its impact could be especially beneficial in the local ...

Doing what you can

If you are feeling a little squeamish about the idea of donating blood, just remember an Avon Lake, Ohio, man has done it in all 50 states ... twice. By the way, Al Whitney is 84. “I’ve donated platelets over 975 units,” Whitney told another media outlet. “On my bucket list — ...

Emailed votes improper

St. Clairsville residents deserve better governance than they are getting from City Council. It appears that on Monday, council violated the Ohio Open Meetings Act by casting votes to appoint two members to the recreation board via email. During a meeting conducted by teleconference, members ...

A starting point

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has suggested a 90-day moratorium on immigration to give Congress time to make the issue a priority. He is right to inject a sense of urgency in tackling the issue. Most Americans cannot fathom coming from a place where it seems preferable to live in holding ...

One step at a time

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

Vaccines on campus

Gov. Mike DeWine is working to catch college students while they are still on campus, to get them a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine shot from Johnson & Johnson. With Ohio’s institutions of higher learning getting the chance to offer vaccine clinics for students, an important step is being ...

Drug court a success

Among the goals of the drug court program in Jefferson County is to keep low-level offenders out of the prison system and give them the opportunity to make a clean start. In place since 2015 and under the direction of Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller, the program gives those who successfully ...

Eliminating litter

On Easter Sunday, one could reasonably expect to see small pops of color scattered through the grass as spring flowers bloom and eggs wait for children to find them. Everywhere we look around the local region, there are colorful objects on the ground — but they are not signs of spring. ...

Is it worth the risk?

Americans are a restless bunch in the best of times. Coop us up for a year or so, and there is bound to be an urge to break free and roam. In fact, the Transportation Security Administration says that is exactly what is happening. Airlines are seeing nearly as many travelers as they did this ...

Baseball is back­­

The start of the baseball season is a magical time. It’s fitting that the game returns in the spring, the season of beginnings. Opening Day brings with it a time of optimism, as fans in cities across the country are certain their team will get to the playoffs, and maybe even win the World ...