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Opinion

Reopening needs to be concerted, calculated effort

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gained an enormous amount of credibility by the way he handled the COVID-19 outbreak in its early stages. The Buckeye State approach, led by the governor, has saved lives. As of Monday morning, the state had recorded 11,602 cases of COVID-19, resulting in 471 deaths. ...

Schools are still finding a way to connect, celebrate

Editorials

Last week local students and teachers found new ways to connect and celebrate, being flexible in carrying on an annual tradition that is important for so many. Rather than break just about every social distancing guideline we have been given in order to hold the annual academic excellence ...

Make your voice heard in the 2020 primary election

Editorials

Events over the past month or so (yes, it’s only been a little more than a month) show us as clearly as ever how important it is for us to elect good leaders — at all levels. It turns out elected officials in the tiniest of municipalities and school districts may have more real-time impact ...

Matamoras Minute: Dr. Timothy Clare

Local Columns

With Dr. H.L. Duncan’s retirement in 1976 Matamoras had no medical professional to serve the town. Several doctors practiced for limited amounts of time until 1985 when Dr. Timothy Clare arrived for what would become a storied career of care for the Matamoras area. Dr. Clare received his ...

Behavioral Health Matters: Coping with isolation

Local Columns

We are experiencing unprecedented levels of isolation in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Though this isolation is necessary to minimize the spread of COVID-19, it can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health. Much research has been conducted about the effects of ...

Don’t be so quick to jump back to ‘normal’

Editorials

President Trump was right earlier this week to clarify his position and remind Americans it will be the governors of our states responsible for determining how and WHEN we begin the tricky process of loosening COVID-19 restrictions. “The governors are responsible,” he said. That is ...

Wear those masks to protect others from you

Editorials

It’s safe to say that in these hard times, we’re all grateful for our health care workers, law enforcement and other essential employees, especially those who never expected to be on the frontlines of a national emergency, like grocery store employees. So, let’s show them, in the most ...

Kudos for ingenuity that could save lives

Editorials

Washington County officials took the bull by the horns last week and retrofitted a shipping container that had been used to train firefighters to make it suitable for decontaminating N-95 masks and filters for first responders and medical personnel. “We were able to duplicate the ...

Nursing homes need to be the top priority

Editorials

By Sunday, more than 2,600 of the Americans killed by COVID-19 had been residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. The coronavirus first attracted wide attention when it began ravaging a nursing home in Washington. There, 43 residents and staff had succumbed to the ...

Relief bills need to actually provide some relief

Editorials

With Congress considering another expensive bill to help small businesses and their employees deal with shutdowns and slowdowns due to the COVID-19 epidemic, it is important for lawmakers to remember that money is not everything. Obviously, tons of it will be needed to help small businesses. ...

County Home administrator wants to set record straight

Letters to the Editor

A false claim was recently made in these pages that the County Commissioners had decided to dedicate land across from the County Home for a new storage facility. As the Administrator of the County Home, I can assure the public this is not the case. The County Commissioners and I are always ...

Easter brings message of hope and renewal

Editorials

So much of our daily lives has been thrown off balance in recent weeks that it may be easy to forget tomorrow is Easter. Tomorrow is the holiest day on the calendar, for most Christians. It is the day on which many are accustomed to celebrating with joyous church services, special family meals ...

Matamoras Minute: Dr. Duncan’s home visits

Local Columns

Continuing this week with the healthcare given to Matamoras by Dr. Harry L. Duncan we pick up with his faithfulness in home visits. These included trips which sometimes witnessed his wife, Helen, and daughter, Jo, accompanying him. The two would stay in the vehicle enjoying the outing as the ...

PRS: Providing a powerful recovery connection

Local Columns

In Ohio, a Peer Recovery Support Specialist is a certified individual who has walked the path of recovery from a substance use or mental health disorder and gets the privilege to be employed and assist others in their Recovery journey. The main goal of a PRS is to empower individuals to achieve ...

Local schools step up to meet PPE needs during pandemic

Local Columns

In time of need, the best of humanity tends to step forward. As the county, region, state, nation and the entire world face the stark reality of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, one of the glaring needs of those in the medical field who come face-to-face with exposure daily is evident — ...

Releasing COVID-19 info to first responders is necessary

Editorials

During a public health crisis, the more facts available the better — not just to the general public, but even more so for those on the front lines in dealing with a pandemic. Washington County’s Health Department Board did the right thing this week in voting to release the names and ...

During crisis, coal industry remains vital to economy

Letters to the Editor

The coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on nearly every sector of our economy and the coal industry is no different. In this most challenging time, it’s vital that this essential industry is provided the flexibility and support it needs to continue producing the fuel that ...

Send a virtual hug through good deeds

Editorials

From a small gesture to a full-fledged parade, those in the Mid-Ohio Valley have been finding ways to hold events and bring cheer in new and inventive ways. There’s the American Legion in Beverly, which decided to turn its annual Bunny Hop 5K into a virtual race rather than just canceling ...