×

Editorials

Plenty of blame for post office

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for the mess with which the U.S. Postal Service is now dealing. Of course, the culprit being blamed by USPS ...

Bill would ban execution of mentally ill

We have come a long way in recognizing that mental recognizing that mental illness, even if it results in abhorrent behavior, does not mean a person is ill — or sometimes even capable of resisting violent impulses. Ohio law has not kept up with our understanding. Buckeye State legislators ...

Don’t raise electricity rates

For months, there has been widespread agreement in the Ohio Statehouse that House Bill 6, enacted in 2019, was a bad idea. It authorizes payment of about $1 billion in subsidies to energy companies, including nuclear and solar power interests, over a period of years. Electric customers would ...

Angel Tree still provides despite 2020

Give credit to the folks at the Salvation Army in Marietta, they didn’t let this strange holiday season — and three times the usual number of children registered — stop them from putting together an Angel Tree program that fulfilled its mission and provided Christmas gifts for 560 ...

Cleveland team name must be changed

Paul Dolan, owner of Cleveland’s Major League Baseball franchise, says the team has made a decision. After 105 years carrying a name many deem racist and offensive, that name will be changed. “It’s time,” Dolan said. Fantastic. Let’s get that ball rolling then, shall we? Not so ...

Parents must set example for children

Some adults have done a rather poor job setting an example for their children during this pandemic. Defiance on mask guidelines, pressure to carry on with large family gatherings, disregard of curfew ... it is no wonder some younger folks have little idea what to think. But a group of parents ...

All inmates should not be priority for vaccine

Forcing people into categories that may not fit them well is foolish under any circumstances. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should not permit it to become a deadly mistake. Like other states, Ohio has a priority list for immunizations by the still relatively scarce COVID-19 vaccine. Health care ...

Local law enforcement still helping

So much this year could have thrown into disarray those in our community who are always looking for ways to do good for others. Particularly for those in our law enforcement community, it has been a difficult slog. As first responders, as those dedicating to protecting and serving, and as the ...

Isolation is wearing down many

Over the river and through the woods might not happen for Christmas this year ... or for several months afterward, for that matter. At a time of year when we most look forward to seeing far off relatives, some of whom might be a little older, it is hard for us to think about whether it is safe ...

Holiday baking made easy with cookbooks

Get ready for the holidays no matter what they may bring with two new cake cookbooks and a cookie cookbook! From the famed name in hospitality comes “Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection.” The book contains more than 100 recipes for cake, ranging from complex to simple snack cakes. There ...

Heitkamp should be secretary

Perhaps the most important task facing President-elect Joe Biden is ending the fierce, sometimes vicious, partisanship that seems to rule Washington. He has an excellent opportunity to send a message in that regard while at the same time gaining a top-notch member of his Cabinet. It has been ...

Inauguration day will be a challenge

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade and on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer within just a few weeks. Inauguration day for American presidents has ...

Bill info still needs to be given

It has been said the process of enacting laws is something like making sausage: You really don’t want to know too much about how it happens. But would you buy a package of sausage bearing a label stating the maker refuses to tell customers what goes into the product? Probably not. Ohioans ...

Why are minorities harder hit by COVID?

Racial minorities have been hit far harder than white Americans by COVID-19. Throughout the epidemic, that has been a constant. But why? Theories abound. One is that African-Americans, whose incomes in general are lower than those for whites, do not benefit from as high a quality of health ...

Transparency always needed

Making it more difficult for people to learn about potentially serious problems — the possibility of losing one’s home, for example — ought to be the very last thing on the minds of Ohio legislators. Yet a few of them hope to do just that. SB 95, an important economic development bill ...

Matamoras Minute: The Karcher family

Some of the additional German families of the area included Karcher and Fox. The Karchers came in 1844 from southwest Germany with Henry and Catherine taking the initiative. The family of Nicholas and Elizabeth Fox emigrated from the Bavarian area of Germany in 1847. Henry Karcher was a ...

Deadline for CARES Act money should be scrapped

Unless members of Congress find some way to compromise and give Americans an early Christmas through a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, the holiday season will be grim for tens of millions of people. President Donald Trump can do little about that — but he can do something. Among many ...

Corrupt officials should be exposed

Give FBI officials credit for holding their cards close to the vest regarding utility-related corruption in Ohio. What is troubling is that the number of cards seems to be increasing. Earlier this year, federal agents arrested former state House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder and ...

Testing won’t show student experience

As news of postponed and canceled events, school districts forced to move to remote learning and a steady increase in COVID-19 cases continued to pour in, the National Center for Education Statistics made a decision. National reading and math tests will be postponed until 2022. Though more ...

Shop local on Small Business Saturday

Saturday, officially, is Small Business Saturday. It is the day on which, for the past several years, clever marketers have suggested we spend a single day altering our shopping habits to explore the small, locally owned businesses in our communities. It’s a great idea, but it is not big ...