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Elected officials serve us

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

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 ...

Ohio can do better with health, nutrition

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 ...

Bill contains things that are not infrastructure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Must revive services industry safely

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 ...

Vaccinating college students

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 ...

Uplifting mental health and wellness – Public Health Week

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 ...

Matamoras Minute: The flood of 1884

You may have noticed over the months that the pictures accompanying this column often show floods in the background. When these disasters occur they are very much the subject of many pictures and so Matamoras residents also documented such events. Floods quickly define a community when they ...

Taking the first step toward a new normal

I took the first step this week toward feeling more confident in an eventual return to whatever “normal” is going to look like. I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot, and an appointment for my second in a few weeks. From the beginning, getting my place in line — filling out an online ...

Noble Local Curriculum Showcase slated April 8

Members of the Noble Local School District family — students, parents, grandparents and anyone from the community interested in what’s going on inside the hallowed halls of Shenandoah High School and Shenandoah Elementary/Middle School - be sure to circle Thursday, April 8 on your ...

Shadowy figure: Sometimes the best photo is not right in front of you

The literal photo, the one right in front of you, is not always the best photo. Sometimes the best photo may be of nothing at all. Case in point is the photo you will find on page two of today’s Times. Go ahead, look at it, I will wait ... The photo is of a concrete patio that is part ...

Build Back Better one step at time

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools, and housing, for example. That ...

Repealing bailout was necessary

Last week, lawmakers in Ohio moved a little closer to doing the right thing when they passed legislation to repeal the bailout of the state’s two nuclear plants. The move would eliminate the electricity bill surcharges that were meant to save the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power ...