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Editorials

Matamoras Minute: Businesses

When the members of the audience had finished seeing the movie and left The Palace Theatre they were provided with an opportunity to spend more time in downtown Matamoras with an array of establishments on both sides of Main Street. On the Southwest corner of Main and Second in 1926 was a ...

Celebration of possibilities in Williamstown

For the first time since 1985, Wood County Schools saw the opening of a new school this week, as Williamstown Elementary School hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the facility. It is, of course, the result of the understanding that some of the old is no longer necessary and must be let go to ...

Keeping interest rates low a good thing

At this point in our economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are meant to help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they can ...

Thanks to those who are making fair possible

Mid-Ohio Valley residents have spent the last 5 months or so experiencing loss after loss — ranging from the crushing blow of losing a job to the slow bleed of losing the opportunity to participate in one cherished tradition after another. It has taken a toll on all of us. But we can ...

Bravo to dedicated public servants

Frustration with government is understandable. But sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. For example, there is the story ...

Teens are taking the lead during virus crisis

As is often the case, a few bad apples make us forget about the good in the basket as a whole — particularly when we are talking about young people. It is too easy for members of older generations to grumble about “kids these days,” and point to examples of irresponsibility, apathy and ...

Gift to vets very much needed in tough times

Sometimes those who demonstrate their willingness to sacrifice everything for this country by joining the military find that in the process they have sacrificed some of their ability to find a job — or advance in the workplace — when they leave the service. For example, Amanda Sutphin, ...

Drop absurd attack on Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine would likely agree to some extent with critics of his handling of the COVID-19 epidemic. Has he made mistakes? Of course. Who hasn’t? But do DeWine’s errors rise to the level of mistakes requiring he be removed from office? The answer is a simple no. Three members ...

Be smart about live shows

Ohio is taking more steps toward returning to a new normal as Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week a plan for reopening performance venues. Concerts, plays, musicals and other stage performances will be an entertainment option again, with some modifications. We should be used to that by now. ...

School is finally starting back — be careful

It seems every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to ...

Voting by mail should be free

Critics of widespread voting by mail really do have some legitimate concerns. But this year, COVID-19 has made them largely academic. Tens of millions of Americans are likely to cast ballots that way. The challenge now is to make the system as efficient and honest as we can. Ohio Secretary of ...

What you have to give is enough

For some families in the Belpre City Schools system one financial worry hanging over their heads may seem small to some, but was very important. It was the amount still owed for outstanding meal bills while their children were in school last year. Thank goodness the Belpre community is filled ...

Development a plus for community

Prep work is beginning at the Buckeye Fields site in Washington County, which is slated to become a 64-home development for local seniors. We think this is a great project for our community and commend those who have helped make it happen. There is not enough safe, affordable housing for ...

USPS must use taxpayer funds wisely

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused ...

Make this school year great and ask those questions now

Wednesday marks the start of the period during which Marietta City Schools students are expected to begin using their iPads and laptops to log in to their Google classroom accounts, work on some online homework with their parents or guardians, and generally become familiar with the devices and ...

Transparency needed in awarding CDBG monies

Citizens rely on consistency, transparency and clarity in their dealings with government. For the most part, their exposure to the kind of bureaucratic hoop-jumping to which politicians and other officials have become accustomed is minimal. If government is to serve the people — and, to be ...

Kudos to those who sealed the deal on benefits for unemployed

Good for Ohio officials — Gov. Mike DeWine likely deserves much of the credit — for working out a deal on federal unemployment benefits, announced this week. After Congress was unable to renew COVID-19-related benefits for those off work due to the pandemic, the president said he would ...

Teachers must have firearms training

Ohio Supreme Court justices have agreed to hear a case with enormous ramifications for public schools throughout the state. It involves how much training school personnel must receive before they can be authorized to carry firearms while at work. Justices will hear a case from Butler County. ...

Still no warehouse registries in the Valley

Last week, Americans watched in horror as video out of Lebanon showed a terrifying explosion in Beirut, which led to the deaths of more than 130 people and thousands injured. What kind of new weapon are terrorists using now? What could inflict that kind of devastation? By the end of the week ...

Political donations must be revealed

Americans’ right to donate money in support of political candidates and/or causes must never, ever be curbed. That is not to say the public affected by those candidates or causes should be kept in the dark about their supporters. A scandal involving former Ohio House of Representatives ...