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Editorials

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 ...

Remembering a true Ohio treasure: Annie Glenn

There was a time in Annie Glenn’s life when she might have quietly chuckled at the thought that one day she would be praised as a “strong voice” for anything. She had a challenge to overcome, in that regard; but overcome it, she did. It is telling that in the Associated Press’s ...

Visitation stations let seniors see loved ones

We all now know more than ever how important it is to see the face of our loved ones and to hear their voices, on a screen if necessary, but even better in person. We’re so happy to see that some of our local nursing home residents have that opportunity again, as at least two local centers ...

Government’s ability to spy on its citizens must be curbed

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other ...

Locally made, nationally impactful

We forget sometimes, here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, how very important what we do is to the entire country. Local industries mean more than just local jobs. They produce what is needed all over the U.S. Right now, one the bigger needs is for personal protective equipment and other safety ...

Dine out, but use common sense

Have you gone out to eat, yet? The opportunity to do so with outdoor seating has existed for a few days now (albeit, with a little rain thrown in); and those who are able to make arrangements to meet social distancing guidelines will be able to welcome folks indoors later this week. If you ...

Precautions essential as daycares, camps open

Ohio parents are likely breathing a sigh of relief knowing Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered daycare centers and kids’ day camps will be cleared to reopen May 31. That is, of course, important to those who will be able to go back to work this summer and need reliable, safe child care. But safe is ...

Computers for students will do a lot of good

As local public schools have moved their teaching efforts online, many students have found a new way to learn — at home, where they have the technology and connectivity to do so. But some have not been able to do so. We know the need is great, and solutions have been piecemeal. A couple ...

Time to rethink judicial release

Among the complaints against recently-terminated Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Bean was that she too often agreed not to oppose judicial release in criminal cases as part of her plea deals. Early release in Washington County has occurred just within the last few weeks for a man ...

Bus signage an important small step

Better late than never appears to be the case as progress is finally being made in answering a Community Development Block Grant request for Community Action Bus Line stops that have clear signs telling potential riders when they can get on, along the route. Kenny Vigneron, transportation ...

We can reopen if we do it in a safe way

Gov. Mike DeWine understands the conflict felt by many Ohioans as we work toward reopening our economy while staying safe. “The economy’s not going to open no matter what we do, whatever we order, unless people have confidence,” he said Sunday. “And we’re trying to give them ...

Donate blood to save a life

Still looking for a way to help your community as challenges remain while we try to both reopen our economy and continue to fight the spread of COVID-19? How about a way to help that might very well save a life? Donate blood. “People need it for chemo treatments or surgical services,” ...

Do your part to help keep the MOV clean

Judging by the number of discarded gloves, masks and wipes scattered around the parking lots and entryways of some of our local grocery and retail establishments, “tendency to litter” is another side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, littering is nothing new around here. It is ...

Cuts hurt but DeWine is right to make them

Mid-Ohio Valley residents know the COVID-19 pandemic has meant an immediate re-evaluation of the household budget. For many families, a severe reduction in spending was required, and planning must be done for the possibility that income may not return to comfortable levels for quite some ...