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Learn from pandemic

Editorials

No reasonable person can blame public school teachers and/or officials for not being ready for the COVID-19 shutdown. For years, in a much different context, many of them have been recommending two steps that, had they been implemented fully, would have helped students and teachers deal with ...

The return to ‘normal’

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gained an enormous amount of credibility by the way he handled the COVID-19 outbreak in its early stages. Beyond any reasonable doubt, the Buckeye State approach, led by the governor, has saved lives. As of Friday night, the state had recorded 9,107 cases of COVID-19, ...

Remember to vote

Editorials

Ohio’s primary election, postponed until April 28 because of the COVID-19 epidemic, will be historic. It will be the first in memory that most votes will have been submitted by mail. Election Day has been set for April 28 — but the in-person voting to which most people are accustomed ...

Lift liquor ban

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine has handed a difficult situation well as he has led the Buckeye State through the novel coronavirus pandemic, but we believe he made a misstep last week. DeWine acted early and decisively to close schools, halt large gatherings and, ultimately, to instruct people to stay at ...

Are you ready for the second half?

Columns

We are over four weeks into physical separating and the shutdown of all nonessential businesses. The game isn’t over. COVID-19 is a challenging and persistent opponent. I teach my players to never fear and always respect their opponents. No opponent can ever be taken lightly, especially ...

Mowing, gardening and a positive attitude

Columns

Mowing season has begin in Eastern Ohio, where the grass will grow without any concern for the novel coronavirus pandemic that presently occupies all our minds. Already, I have mowed lawns once and at this writing they are due for another cutting. Doing that outdoor task takes my mind to ...

Hope

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Our nation and the world is under a terrible plague at the moment. We face possibly the worst pandemic since 1918. We are uncertain of what will happen to us and our loved ones. This is an unseen enemy and tonight my wife reminded me that there is one whose evil is even ...

Public must be heard on permits

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am in complete agreement with the editorial in the April 13, 2020, Intelligencer that an actual physical public meeting is essential regarding the injection wells proposed for a site near St. Clairsville. These wells would be handling shale gas extraction wastewater. The ...

Protecting Ohioans from coronavirus scams

Columns

While our first priority is keeping Ohioans healthy and safe, we must also take steps to protect Ohioans’ financial wellbeing. We’ve seen reports indicating that scammers are targeting and taking advantage of Ohioans during this scary and confusing time. These scammers particularly prey ...

Cracker plant not good for valley

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, It was recently reported that PTT Global Chemical and its partner, Daelim Chemical, would receive a 15-year tax abatement if they build the gas-to-plastics ethane cracker plant in Belmont County that they proposed in 2015. The companies would be exempt from paying property ...

Look ahead, not back

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, On April 15 Nicholas Kristoff in the New York Times said: “If I seem angry, it’s because I’ve seen too many women dying in childbirth in poor countries, too many children dying of diarrhea, too much leprosy. Gutting the W.H.O. will mean more kids dying of malnutrition, more ...

Checking assignments

Editorials

When pubic schools reopen in August, or perhaps even later this spring, a significant number of students are going to be far behind their classmates. That may prompt some teachers to wonder if there is some way they can hand out a few F grades — to parents. Public schools in Ohio have been ...

Information needed

Editorials

One would hope that nursing home administrators would inform potential residents and their families of the presence of COVID-19 in the facilities. No doubt most would do that. Apparently the practice is not universal. A few days ago, The Associated Press reported that, “A woman in the ...

Civic duty and COVID-19

Editorials

It’s time to change our focus a bit, so that we don’t forget to do a couple of things that are very important. Of course we must continue to keep the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease always at the fronts of our minds. But we should not allow it to preoccupy our minds to the ...

Plan for budget cuts

Editorials

Telling a fellow who has been on a strict diet that he needs to tighten his belt seems cruel. Ask Steubenville City Council members. Finances have been tight in Steubenville for several years. City officials have had to watch nickels and dimes carefully to keep municipal budgets in ...

Simple gestures that mean a great deal

Columns

Remember when everyone used to wave at one another? When I was small, I thought that drivers were obligated to acknowledge each other as they passed on the road. Wherever I went with my parents or my older brother, it seemed people knew us and wanted to say hello. My dad even had a certain ...

Faith will bring resurrection for all

Columns

Easter used to be a big holiday for the Serrentino family. Anthony and Sarah Serrentino and their three children celebrated by attending Sunday services and then preparing and eating a lavish family dinner at their home in Freeport, NY. For several years after, 23-year-old Maria Serrentino ...

A time for new beginnings and positivity

Columns

I can still remember a high school soccer playoff game we lost, over 10 years ago. It was a hard- fought close game. One leadership key we teach our seniors is to take responsibility. Our team didn’t like some of the referee’s calls. I don’t believe in yelling at officials. They have a ...

We will get through this

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, New York’s death toll from COVID-19 climbed to 2,935 on Friday, up from 2,373 the day before — the “highest single increase in the number of deaths since we started,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. There have now been more than 102,000 confirmed cases statewide and 14,810 ...

Don’t downplay the severity of Covid-19

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I was surprised during these times when we are being subjected to misinformation downplaying the prevalence of Covid-19 and its harms that the Times Leader would publish a letter like Hugh Nile’s Letter to the Editor “Overreaction will lead to a depression” in the Sunday, ...