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Editorials

COVID death reports problematic

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 Department ...

OJFS fraud continues to happen

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 ...

Live up to his promise

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 — the ...

Get signed up for the vaccine

Local residents may feel a sense of hope growing, as the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, and distribution has begun. Don’t let the hope be dashed as you begin trying to get that vaccine for yourself or a loved one. The process will not be quick and easy, but by taking a few simple steps, we can ...

Radicalization has happened and needs to be stopped

For generations now, Americans have watched as around the globe extremist organizations found a way to recruit enough militarily capable men and women to carry out deadly terrorist acts against their own governments and innocent victims. Through it all, many Americans believed they understood ...

What would Dr. King think?

One wonders, as we look back on the tumultuous, divisive, harrowing year from which we have emerged, what kind of voice the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might have brought to the discussion as we try to heal. In the worst moments, his vision for this nation seemed as far away as ever. But ...

Efforts to save Barker House are admirable

Last month’s announcement that authorization had finally been received to transfer the federally owned historic Joseph Barker Jr. house into the hands of a local nonprofit was welcome, indeed. But perhaps more important was the reminder of the kind of teamwork it took to make such a move ...

Columbus strain of virus in our backyard

As COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed throughout the state, and officials appear to have a good plan in place (if we all follow the guidelines) to start turning the corner in our fight against this virus, Ohio State University researchers threw a little cold water on the hope that is ...

Unemployment continue to be a problem

As another wave of federal stimulus rolls in, checks 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 see the $300 ...

Giving into unfounded fears

Officials working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to those who need it most have run into an unfathomable problem. Health care workers are buying into the nonsense that the vaccine might not be safe, and are refusing the shot. Not all of them are so bull-headed, of course. Many are doing the right ...

Never too late to better yourself

It is never too late to earn your high school diploma, learn a new skill or change careers. And local residents don’t have to try to do any of those things alone, though it does take a little initiative to get the ball rolling. The folks at the Washington County Career Center, or the Aspire ...

Pentagon gives mixed signals

Last week, the U.S. sent an Air Force B-52 bomber to the Persian Gulf in a show of force intended as a warning to Iran against carrying out attacks on U.S. forces or interests. A day later, however, acting secretary of Defense Christopher Miller announced the Pentagon has decided to send home ...

Body cam footage is nauseating

In the wake of Andre Hill’s death last month, initial calls were for ensuring law enforcement officers’ awareness of and compliance with policies designed to keep them and those they encounter safe. That was the right place to start. But now it seems there was something else missing the ...

Check on LETF

Most Ohio residents are likely unfamiliar with Law Enforcement Trust Fund accounts, but they probably are well aware of the police forfeiture raids and other seizures from which some of the cash for those accounts flow. More than a year ago, Eye on Ohio, part of the nonprofit, nonpartisan ...

Throw out partisan politics to help people

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 fell on political ears—much worse than merely deaf ones—in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists believe the ...

High hopes for 2021

What high hopes we have for 2021. After the year we have endured, it seems as though there is no where to go but up, for many people. We can only achieve progress, however, if we have learned the lessons of the past year. We can only round the corner on COVID-19 if we do what we must to stop ...

Shooting of DNR officer should be punished

While most Ohioans are well aware of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in police and sheriff’s departments, we don’t often consider the peril for those who work for other agencies. State agents who enforce hunting laws often have to confront suspects who are carrying guns. Very ...

Muskingum judge shows poor judgment

Muskingum County Court Judge Mark Fleegle might want to take another look at his own judgment, after Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor was forced to remove him from two cases because of his careless attitude toward coronavirus prevention measures. One would be hard pressed to ...

VA pick must restore trust

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. Local residents are familiar of course with headline-making issues such as the former ...

May Christmas inspire hope

“Joyful and triumphant” may feel a little more like “content and surviving” for many Mid-Ohio Valley residents on this Christmas Day, but given the year we as a valley, and nation, have experienced, that is enough. Together we have, for nearly 9 months, learned how to be a community ...