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Editorials

COVID is overrunning the state

COVID-19 has outrun Ohio officials’ ability to keep track of it, much less control it. On Monday and Tuesday, viewers of the state’s online epidemic “dashboard” — coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards — again saw the following message in bright red ...

We can still be thankful

How very much we need this day, in this strange year, as a reminder to look toward what is good, and that for which we can, still, be grateful. Some have been blissfully untouched by the wrath of a deadly virus, economic setbacks, political turmoil and so much else. Those fortunate few can, ...

Reforming relationship with Native Americans

President-elect Joe Biden is being urged by some to include a Native American in his Cabinet, possibly as secretary of the Interior Department. If he does that, the person named would be the first Native American ever to serve in the Cabinet. Proponent of such action have a person in mind: ...

Many depend on CARES relief

Federal CARES Act assistance has been invaluable for many American families and businesses. Without it, what appears to be a record-setting recovery from the financial crisis caused by COVID-19 would not be occurring. Millions of families with laid-off breadwinners would be in desperate ...

Caring for kids costs the same

It takes a lot of money to properly raise children — provide for their needs, keep them safe and give them the best opportunities possible. According to a federal lawsuit, however, officials in Ohio believe it costs less for relatives to raise children placed in their care than for licensed ...

Up to us to avoid another lockdown

Wednesday when a reporter attempted to check COVID-19 figures at the Ohio Department of Health’s dashboard, the numbers looked familiar. They were what had been reported the day before. An explanation posted by ODH was disturbing: “Today’s data incomplete; thousand of reports are pending ...

Community Foundation challenge a success

Mark Hawk of Superior Toyota Hyundai is right when he says these are “times we’ve never seen before.” For more than 8 months, in fact, Mid-Ohio Valley residents have been navigating a surreal set of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected all aspects of life, and ...

Virus fight may be just getting started

Should we have needed any more reason to take seriously the COVID-19 surge in our region, Dr. Dan Breece, vice president of physician services and chief medical officer for Memorial Health System put it in terms that can be understood by anyone who has been watching events unfold on a national ...

Nursing homes need protecting

We have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. At one time earlier in the epidemic, more than half the nation’s deaths from the disease in many state were among residents of long-term care ...

Hard look at Postal Service

More than a few who voted for Joe Biden as our next president were not unhappy with one aspect of incumbent President Donald Trump, we suspect. It was his pledge to battle the federal bureaucracy on behalf of the American people. There is ample evidence Trump’s campaign against “the ...

Biden must make energy plans clear

Joe Biden is not yet president-elect officially, but it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. It is probably no coincidence that within days of the election, some energy companies began ...

Matamoras Minute: The Florer Family

Returning to the coverage of German families in Matamoras we turn our attention to Bernard and Anna Schultz Florer. Bernard was born in Strasburg, Bavaria in 1833. His parents were Joseph and Gertrude Riley Florer. Joseph was born in 1793 and lived in the part of Germany which France controlled ...

Preparing for the Festival of Trees

As the saying goes “it takes a village.” That could truly be the tag line for our United Way and the nonprofit community we represent. So much at times that I think we should just consider painting that mantra across our windows, thresholds and sidewalks! There may have been few times ...

Economy is still in trouble

“Happy days aren’t here again for jobless workers but the labor market is slowly healing day by day.’’ Those words from a research note by Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at the financial firm Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group are encouraging, but carry a tone of caution for ...

Make sure 911 system functioning

An Ohio man is dead and his family is rightly confused and frustrated after their calls to 911 in Cuyahoga County last week went unanswered. By the time they resorted to calling the local hospital, which alerted police and paramedics, it was too late. A recording of one hospital worker’s ...

Remember our veterans

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 102 years ago, an armistice stopped World War I — the “war to end all wars” was over. More than a century later, we Americans know that hope was short-lived, and that generations of men and women have continued to be willing to make ...

Sense of urgency

Buckeye State lawmakers need to find a sense of urgency if they are to do right by Ohio residents who are growing impatient for a solution to the flaws in the state’s school funding system. Once again, they are running out of time in this legislative session to accomplish such a fix. There ...

Worry about people around you

While many Ohio residents may spent much of last week watching the colors change on a different map, the aftermath of the general election was playing out while the Buckeye State — and the nation — were in the continued grip of the surging COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine ...

Matamoras Minute: Veterans Day

With Veterans Day this coming Wednesday it is appropriate to turn the column’s attention for this week to some of the history of Matamoras’ veterans. Of course this holiday used to be called Armistice Day in commemoration of World War I ending on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the ...

Mural depicts a time in history

Officials at McKinley High School, in the Canton City Schools District, made the right call in September, when they chose to cover a portion of a historical mural in the school’s food court after hearing concerns over its depiction of slavery. “Highlights of American History,” which was ...