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Improving incentives for adoption both good and bad

February 8, 2014 Ohio legislators are on a path to improve the lives of many of the state’s most helpless residents - children who need adoptive parents. more »»

Be sure sidewalks are clear of ice, snow

February 7, 2014 Recent snowfalls, with more on the way, mean it’s up to homeowners and property owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their propertie. more »»

Reconsider eliminating the county administrator

February 6, 2014 Next Friday is expected to be the last day on the job for county administrator Paul Cunningham, but we hope Washington County Commissioners reconsider. more »»

Workers comp office an example of how to track drugs

February 5, 2014 Misuse of prescription medicines such as those used to dull the pain of injuries and some illnesses accounts for a substantial number of people with serious drug addictions. more »»

State needs to audit school data beyond Columbus

February 4, 2014 What is most disturbing about an investigation of the Columbus school district is the possibility — nay, the probability — that similar crimes are being committed in some of Ohio’s 610 other public... more »»

Mock trial contest a good test for young minds

February 3, 2014 Congratulations to the winners of Friday’s District Mock Trial competition - Team Athos from Warren High School, and Team Gold from Federal Hocking High School. more »»

Delay new flood insurance premiums

February 1, 2014 An important test of whether Congress really can get important things done — or, alternatively, is mired in the gridlock critics claim — affects thousands of area homeowners and business people. more »»

More money needed for preserving the historic Monitor

January 31, 2014 After nearly a century and a half at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a treasure of American history was raised in 2002. more »»

Give added calamity days to Ohio schools

January 30, 2014 In the wake of subzero temperatures and several snow storms, local school districts may get a break when it comes to snow days. more »»

EPA mess a prime example of lack of oversight

January 29, 2014 Among those responsible for the government’s war on coal and reasonable electricity prices was a now-retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official named John C. Beale. more »»

Just say ‘no’ to casinos’ demands

January 28, 2014 As revenue continues to drop at Ohio casinos and horse race tracks, beware of how the state legislature responds. And look no further than West Virginia for a preview. more »»

Appreciate those who have to be outside

January 27, 2014 Snowy days, followed by more snowy days with a few below-zero temperatures mixed in have made January a month to forget. more »»

Don’t take chances keeping warm

January 25, 2014 Another wave of arctic-cold weather has hit the area. With it will come an increase in the number of house fires — and, possibly, deaths in them. more »»

How about a little teamwork on Sochi security

January 24, 2014 This summer marks 42 years since the Israeli Olympic team was taken hostage and murdered in the Munich summer games in 1972. more »»

Look for new ways to combat poverty

January 23, 2014 The family featured on the front page of the paper lives in poverty. Jennifer Harbert is a single mother who works and also receives assistance. She grew up in a similar fashion. more »»

Ohio’s kids need new law about alcohol emergencies

January 22, 2014 Adults should do nothing that encourages juveniles to drink alcoholic beverages. Nothing. They also should not leave minors to sink or swim when they abuse alcohol, however. more »»

Consumers must be vigilant about credit protection

January 21, 2014 The number of people facing potential problems because of security breaches with personal information seems to grow every day. more »»

Legal clinics fill local need

January 20, 2014 Even though Southeastern Ohio Legal Services has had to close its doors in Marietta, local people in need can still get free legal advice. That’s because monthly legal clinics are continuing. more »»

Take the money and run

January 18, 2014 Take the money and run. That may well be the motto of officials at CGI Federal, the company that botched the rollout of the Obamacare website — — last fall. more »»

Recognizing Ohio has a heroin problem a big first step

January 17, 2014 Heroin overdoses claim about 11 lives each week in Ohio, it has been estimated. more »»



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