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Editorials

Act on officers’ conduct

Think for a moment about the 9-year-old girls you have known. Do any of them seem as though there is the remotest of possibilities they could have been a threat to a fully equipped group of police officers? Of course not. But for multiple officers in Rochester, N.Y., a 9-year-old girl ...

Right people for job

If we agree we are at war against the spread of COVID-19 — and we are — it is good to know the Pentagon is sending out more than 1,100 troops to the first five mass vaccination centers planned by the Biden administration. Perhaps they are taking some cues from how well the National Guard ...

A welcome new neighbor

Dr. John Johnson sees promise in what others have abandoned. Alecto Healthcare Services closed East Ohio Regional Hospital in 2019. Johnson bought it. Just last week, the facility reopened its doors. Johnson also bought the landmark Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel building in downtown Wheeling, ...

Get vaccines right

Ohio still has some work to do in making sure the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is properly serving Buckeye State residents. Certainly the private sector bears some blame, as some pharmacies and other facilities still seem incapable of properly storing, transporting and keeping track of the ...

Have a ‘super’ Sunday

If ever there was an unofficial holiday, Sunday is that day. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, the day the National Football League crowns its champion. There’s been plenty of hype surrounding this year’s game in Tampa, Florida, which features the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City ...

Ohio GOP must end war

The feud between state lawmakers and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has got to stop somewhere; we suggest it stop with hammering out a budget agreement and helping small businesses recover from the pandemic. The first year of the pandemic included angry denials, maskless protests and inexplicable ...

Controversial critters

It seems that no matter where we turn these days, we find controversy, including places such as Punxsutawney, Pa.; Marion, Ohio; and French Creek, W.Va. — on Tuesday, there was a split among the tri-state area’s rodent forecasters of winter weather. Punxsutawney Phil, the wiley veteran, ...

Time to end curfew

We are glad to see Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to relax the COVID-19 curfew by one hour, but we’ll be even more pleased when it goes away completely. That’s because it has produced few if any measurable results in combating spread of COVID-19. DeWine first announced Ohio’s curfew on ...

Portman set high bar

Whether you label him a centrist or a moderate, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman stands up for the best interests of all Ohioans. That’s why it was disappointing to learn Monday that Portman, a Republican from Cincinnati, has decided not to seek re-election to the seat he has held since 2010. His ...

Responding to “Good Riddance.” Trump did a fine job!

ear Editor, I’d like to respond to the Letter to the Editor entitled “Good Riddance” in last Sunday’s edition, dated Jan 24, 2021. The author expresses joy about Trump’s defeat and offers colorful invectives about our former President but curiously never mentioned the name Biden. ...

Guard against fraud

As the number of applications for unemployment assistance exploded all over the country, so did the opportunities for fraud — theft of taxpayer dollars. Officials in most states have been working hard against it, but the onslaught is overwhelming. Ohio Job and Family Services Director Kim ...

Living by Golden Rule

Love thy neighbor. That is the essence of the Golden Rule. Yet it seems many of us have forgotten about it — or at least how to abide by it — in today’s political environment. Fortunately that is not the case across the board, as demonstrated by a pair of neighbors in Belmont who have ...

Budget cuts right move

Most Ohioans have felt the financial strain as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its deadly toll on our nation. Despite a couple of federal stimulus efforts, the struggle grinds on. State government has been affected, too, and Gov. Mike DeWine responded properly last week when he ordered ...

Overdose deaths continue

A stark reminder on the dangers of opioid abuse came last week when Ohio Attorney General David Yost released a report that shows the state’s death rate from opioid overdoses at 11.01 deaths per 100,000 population in the second quarter of 2020. That’s the highest rate in the last ...

Reporting accurate numbers

For nearly a year, COVID-19 has been making its mark on Ohio, sickening residents and claiming lives. Throughout that period, state officials have made admirable efforts to keep the public informed. Gov. Mike DeWine has addressed Buckeye State residents at least weekly, and the Ohio ...

Time for unity

Many Americans regarded Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden as a chance to start over; a turning away from the divisions of the past four years to move forward as one. It is essential, however, that Americans do not choose to move forward by ignoring the lessons we learned, and ...

Keep fighting bailout

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost continues to fight the damaging effects of House Bill 6, which is at the center of a $60 million federal bribery investigation, and was intended to bail out FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Energy Harbor. This time he has asked the Franklin County Common Pleas ...

Unemployment challenges

As another wave of federal stimulus rolls in, checks deposited in personal bank accounts are not the only benefit. State unemployment systems got a much-needed boost, too. In fact, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says many of the state’s unemployment claimants will soon ...

Getting back to ‘normal’

We have all missed out on a lot this past year — festivals, meetings and all sorts of events were canceled, holiday plans with friends and family were altered, travel was discouraged — due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is likely that the coronavirus had its biggest impact on ...

Restore old depot

City leaders in St. Clairsville are considering a project that would preserve a piece of the community’s history, and it is one they should undertake. Situated along Sugar Street is an old transportation hub that could be adapted for modern use. The retired railroad depot would require ...