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Editorials

General is correct to admit his mistake

Regardless of your political affiliations, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did a few days ago was reassuring. President Donald Trump has been criticized for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You have heard by now about his trip to a church that had been damaged ...

Time to take steps to weed out bad cops

The majority of law enforcement officers and deputies are good men and women who use force only when there is no alternative. They take “protect and serve” seriously. They should not have to serve alongside bullies who view badges as licenses to harm other people — and sometimes kill ...

Ohio lawmaker rightly condemned

Imagine the blind spot — the willful ignorance — one would have to be nurturing to utter sentences like this today: “Could it just be that African Americans — or the colored population — do not wash their hands as well as other groups? Or wear masks? Or do not socially distance ...

Keeping drugs off our streets an ongoing battle

“Last night was very significant.” Sheriff Larry Mincks was right in describing one of the largest drug seizures in Washington County’s history, which took place Wednesday. Seven people were arrested; 4.5 kilos of fentanyl/heroin mix, $40,000 and multiple handguns were ...

Cocktails to go may help restaurants

Many have wondered whether some of the changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic might become permanent as we transition into a “new normal.” Ohio lawmakers are considering one that should make restaurant and bar owners cheer — but should also come with a note of caution. The ...

Peaceful protest was a good start – it needs to continue

Bravo, to those who came together Sunday to express support not just for a distant movement that is affecting cities in other parts of the country, but affects US — all of us, here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Bravo to those who created a time and place for peaceful expression, for healing, for ...

No free pass for abuse of taxpayer funds

Mid-Ohio Valley residents on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River will find something familiar in the tale of illegal, extravagant and unnecessary spending at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources during former Gov. John Kasich’s administration. It echoes the kind of above-the-law ...

Gun owners must teach children gun safety

A family in Cleveland is reeling right now after a 12-year-old boy and his brother found a loaded gun in their father’s truck and tragedy followed. Donell King Jr. is dead now, after having attempted to take the gun away from his brother, who had picked it up. The gun fired and Donell was ...

It’s time for law enforcement to look inward, clean house

Prosecutors in Minnesota Wednesday made the right move by broadening the reach of their efforts in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Now the three officers who stood by and watched Derek Chauvin press his knee into Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing have been charged with aiding ...

Delivery options a silver lining – keep it up

When you want a night out or a break at lunchtime, there’s nothing like the experience and atmosphere you get being at a restaurant. But on many days of our busy lives, restaurant food being delivered right to our homes can be just as great, if not better. Many restaurants both locally and ...

Beware of new evil drug on the streets

Long after COVID-19 is just a bad memory, substance abuse will remain a scourge in the Mid-Ohio Valley and across the Buckeye State. Years from now, the death toll from it will dwarf the number of fatalities from the virus. We were reminded of the insidious evil of drug abuse last week, when ...

Grant will ease burden on the local foster system

Kudos to Juvenile Court Judge Tim Williams, who last week found a way to help some kids who really need it while also using state funding to save the county a lot of money. He submitted a grant amendment to the Washington County Commission to channel $100,000 in unspent grand funding to ...

Threats toward officials should not be tolerated

Ohioans are accustomed to rough-and-tumble politics — with a firm limit. Violence and threats of it are not allowed. Period. Someone called state Rep. Emilia Sykes, D-Akron a few days ago, threatening her and her father, state Sen. Vernon Sykes, also D-Akron. Police have not released ...

Pandemic far from finished

Nearly all those seen in videos of a shoulder-to-shoulder pool party at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri appear to be younger people, probably under 40. The risk to them, assuming they are in good health generally, is low. But we know they can serve as carriers of COVID-19, infecting older men ...

Election improvements should be welcomed

Despite a hiccup or two, county election boards throughout Ohio did an excellent job handling the April primary election. So did hundreds of thousands of voters. COVID-19 has made the political situation one for the history books. More than 1.5 million ballots were cast in the primary, ...

School board members are entrusted to make hard decisions

One of the most important things a board of education member does is hire administrators. Their job is not to be involved in the minutiae of the district’s day-to-day happenings, but rather to set policies and to approve the people who will be responsible for those details. That’s why ...

No rush to get in line at the BMV

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices reopened this week, and the cliche about lines at the BMV played out almost immediately as Buckeye State residents crowded in to address issues such as expired licenses or registrations that had been worrying them since mid-March. There is no need for ...

Wordiness won’t cover up mistake

King Bureaucracy’s language is often used by government officials in attempts to put lipstick on the proverbial pig. Ohioans may have a new candidate for the government-speak hall of fame. It is a statement by U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David ...

Remember why we honor this day

Today is a Memorial Day unlike any we can remember. In many ways, we are freer this year to focus on the true reason for the holiday — not picnics, parades and swimming pools, but honoring the men and women who have given their lives in military service to this country. More than 1.35 ...

Local businesses making a difference for seniors

As Mid-Ohio Valley residents talk about the best way to keep our kids fed throughout the summer, it is important to remember another vulnerable population in our midst. Seniors who are said to be the most at-risk from COVID-19 may also be at risk of increased food insecurity because of the ...