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Opinion

Masking guidance may be MORE stringent

Editorials

Things are looking good in Ohio, right? COVID-19 cases and hospitalization numbers seem to be decreasing, more and more are getting their vaccine shots, Gov. Mike DeWine shaved an hour off the curfew ... we must be on our way out of this mess. Not quite. While more than a few people have ...

Democracy in peril

Letters to the Editor

Rep. Bill Johnson’s behavior has been profoundly troubling. He came to office through the same electoral process that he strived to undermine by promoted lies and failing to accept results of a free and fair election. Mr. Johnson swore an oath to defend the constitution of the USA. In his ...

Here they go again

Letters to the Editor

So here they go again, wasting taxpayers’ money on an impeachment trial on a man who is no longer in office. It is unconstitutional, only this time, we the citizens are paying with our lives. Do you not think all this effort and our money the House of Representatives is wasting would be ...

Moving towards interfaith harmony

Local Columns

World Interfaith Harmony Week (Feb. 1-7) was established in 2010 by the General Assembly of the United Nations in order to nurture a culture in which people of all faiths can live harmoniously. Within the shared context of love of the good and love of the neighbor, WIHW encourages leaders in ...

Rural Ohio needs looked after as well

Editorials

When ordinary citizens spend their money, they want to know they are getting something in return. If they pay to have a project completed at their homes, for example, they want some assurance that the work will be completed and worth the money. When bureaucrats spend citizens’ money, however, ...

Huffman appointment worrying

Editorials

Last summer, as the world was struggling to understand and fight COVID-19, Ohio Sen. Stephen Huffman, R-5th Dist., asked this question of the executive director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, during a hearing in which lawmakers were trying to understand how to best fight the ...

COVID death reports problematic

Editorials

For nearly a year, COVID-19 has been making its mark on Ohio, sickening residents and claiming lives. Throughout that period, state officials have made admirable efforts to keep the public informed. Gov. Mike DeWine has addressed Buckeye State residents at least weekly, and the Ohio Department ...

OJFS fraud continues to happen

Editorials

As the number of applications for unemployment assistance exploded all over the country, so did the opportunities for fraud — theft of taxpayer dollars. Officials in most states have been working hard against it, but the onslaught is overwhelming. Ohio Job and Family Services Director Kim ...

If Vax Is So Safe, Where’s The Accountability?

Letters to the Editor

I just have an observation on this allegedly safe, genetically modified COVID-vaccine that everybody seems to believe in; because we know governments always have our best interests in mind... If vaccines are so completely safe, why then did the positive, if not innocuous sounding National ...

How do we heal?

Local Columns

This week was marked with historic events and quiet conversations. Many called for unity, citing the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s calls for nonviolence and peace on Monday’s holiday, sharing calls for Washington D.C. to see rural communities like ours as more than something to ...

New Year reflections; God is with us

Local Columns

As 2021 quickly approaches, I have heard many express this sentiment: “I can’t wait for 2020 to be over. 2021 has to be a better year.” We all pray this is so. This past year is likely the most difficult year that any of us have ever lived through. No one ever wants to have anything ...

Simple recipes to help lose weight

Local Columns

January is usually the start of new diets, and after 2020 and the pandemic weight we’ve all gained, now is especially the time! A popular diet has been the Keto diet, and there is a new cookbook out now to help those following it to have some food that is quick to make and tastes good ...

It’s not too late for New Year’s resolutions

Local Columns

There is still a week left in January for you all to decide and to implement a New Year’s resolution for 2021 . I’m going to list a few cute quotes on diets for your enjoyment. 1. I put my scale in the corner today and it’s going to stay there until he apologizes to me. 2. My ...

Live up to his promise

Editorials

Many Americans regarded Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden as a chance to start over; a turning away from the divisions of the past four years to move forward as one. It is essential, however, that Americans do not choose to move forward by ignoring the lessons we learned — the ...

New America

Letters to the Editor

“This morning, I realized that everything is about to change. No matter how I vote, no matter what I say, lives are never going to be the same. I have been confused by the hostility of family and friends. I look at people I have known all my life so hate-filled that they agree with opinions ...

Get signed up for the vaccine

Editorials

Local residents may feel a sense of hope growing, as the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, and distribution has begun. Don’t let the hope be dashed as you begin trying to get that vaccine for yourself or a loved one. The process will not be quick and easy, but by taking a few simple steps, we can ...

The big lie

Letters to the Editor

I am a Democrat and I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris but I am greatly saddened by the “Big Lie” repeated over and over again by President Trump (and spread by social media like Facebook and Twitter) until 40% of the people believe that Trump won the presidential election. ...

Johnson shares blame

Letters to the Editor

In the past four weeks I have made numerous requests of Representative Bill Johnson’s office to provide evidence of the massive fraud that he and other Republicans have complained about. I have not received a single shred of evidence. Bill Johnson shares the blame in convincing millions of ...

Radicalization has happened and needs to be stopped

Editorials

For generations now, Americans have watched as around the globe extremist organizations found a way to recruit enough militarily capable men and women to carry out deadly terrorist acts against their own governments and innocent victims. Through it all, many Americans believed they understood ...

Calls for unity are ironic

Letters to the Editor

A recent speech on the floor of the US House during the impeachment debate paints a compelling reason to begin now to address the madness that has over taken the Republican Party. Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio had the audacity to call for “unity” and for all Americans to move on from the ...