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Opinion

Elected officials serve us

Editorials

WASHINGTON — Everybody wants to know where Sen. Joe Manchin’s hideaway is in the Capitol. The West Virginia Democrat has all eyes on his tall frame as he makes his way through the ornate halls for votes. President Joe Biden knows that this Joe could make or break his 50-50 hold on the ...

Those in authority shouldn’t ignore abuse

Editorials

Victims of abuse need to know they have the support of those in a position to do something about it, should those victims find the courage to report what has been happening to them. Those who are more vulnerable — or feel even more dependent on a system such as, for example, a college’s ...

Medication Take Back Day

Letters to the Editor

Medication Take Back Day is Saturday April 24, 2021, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. This is an opportunity to dispose of unused, expired and/or unwanted medication. There are several disposal sites and meds can be dropped off anonymously, no questions asked. You do not have to remove labels from bottles and ...

Ohio can do better with health, nutrition

Editorials

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 among the very worst ...

Now here’s an idea!

Letters to the Editor

Now here’s an idea! This would be the perfect time to establish year-round schooling in the United States. If I am not mistaken, our concept of 9 months of schooling and 3 months of summer vacation was instituted when our country was mostly agrarian – when children were needed to help on ...

Bill contains things that are not infrastructure

Editorials

President Joe Biden’s administration released its Infrastructure Report Card this week, as part of its push to persuade lawmakers to approve trillions upon trillions of dollars to be spent on an infrastructure package that includes plenty of spending that has nothing to do with what most ...

Keep being safe during COVID-19

Editorials

Despite the positive news that more than 35 percent of Ohio’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is a worrying development. Though we’ve been waiting for a magic low number of new cases that would signal the easing of many restrictions, the numbers are ...

Intelligence, military still needed

Editorials

Americans know our nation has been shaken by the events of the past year or so. COVID-19 is only the start of what threw us off track. But reports from the U.S. intelligence community should serve as a warning that we are not alone in having been disrupted, and we’d better be prepared for the ...

Matamoras Minute: The flood of 1907

Editorials

The next significant flood for the valley was in 1907 during which there were two separate events. One crested at Marietta at 38.8 feet on January 21, but March 15 witnessed a crest of 50.5 feet. In Matamoras Edd B. Hutchison, editor of the Matamoras Mail, provided a vivid account concerning ...

Blocked rivers can happen anywhere, even here

Editorials

The recent blockage of the Suez Canal brought world-wide attention to what happens when you block a waterway. Hundreds of ships backed up behind the Ever Given as crews worked to free the 1,300-foot-long ship that was wedged into both sides of the shipping artery. Sitting along two major ...

A shot at doing your part

Editorials

On Dec. 22, 2020, my grandfather drew his last raspy breath from a ventilator. On April 3, I received the vaccine for the same virus which killed him and my editor’s father, plus put my colleague’s husband into emergency surgery last month from complications of COVID-19. Thursday, I ...

No excuse for littering

Editorials

Think tossing a fast-food wrapper or plastic bottle out of your vehicle window, rather than waiting until it can be disposed of properly, is harmless? Well, if you’re not worried about the environmental impact or the creation of an eyesore in heavily travelled areas, maybe the financial cost ...

Seniors’ needs still are plenty

Editorials

For many Buckeye State seniors, the past year has been frightening in more ways than one. For those who relied on outside support to get healthy meals every day, the agencies that specialize in delivery of food to those who are housebound have been a life-saver. Their need has not ended, of ...

Without public notices in newspapers, public the last to know

Local Columns

Did you ever wonder why government entities have to put a legal notice into the newspaper? For one, it is a method of properly notifying interested parties that something is about to happen. For instance, the city advertises for asphalt bids for the parking lot behind city hall. Any interested ...

Must revive services industry safely

Editorials

It is not difficult to understand why so many are optimistic we have turned the corner in our fight against COVID-19. Hopeful signs are everywhere. Monday, the Institute for Supply Management reported the U.S. services sector showed record growth in March, as states ease restrictions and ...

Educating America

Letters to the Editor

As an elected official, I am often asked what I think we need to do to “fix” our country. While it’s difficult to limit oneself on such a broad question, I do believe that rethinking how we educate children is an essential component in addressing some of the difficulties our nation faces. ...

Vaccinating college students

Editorials

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, assuming a planned shipment of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine hits the state this week. With Ohio’s institutions of higher learning getting the chance to offer ...

Bullies are everywhere

Letters to the Editor

Bullying in schools has been at the forefront of education issues for quite some time. We often hear about this being a major problem and wonder how to prevent it. Parents are usually appalled that little Billy or Susie could do such a thing and wonder why their own children could behave that ...

Support Empty Bowls

Letters to the Editor

During this time of year the Empty Bowls organization normally conducts a fundraiser for the good work they perform in assisting with the relief of hunger in our area. As chair of the Matamoras Area Food Pantry I am appreciative for their contributions to our organization. They have been a ...

Uplifting mental health and wellness – Public Health Week

Editorials

Public health week is celebrated April 5 through April 11. In the midst of the most challenging public health crisis of our lifetimes, it’s more important than ever to celebrate public health. Saturday April 10 of public health week is dedicated to uplifting mental health and wellness. We ...