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Opinion

Up to us to avoid another lockdown

Editorials

Wednesday when a reporter attempted to check COVID-19 figures at the Ohio Department of Health’s dashboard, the numbers looked familiar. They were what had been reported the day before. An explanation posted by ODH was disturbing: “Today’s data incomplete; thousand of reports are pending ...

Matamoras Minute: The Machetanz Family

Local Columns

The Machetanz family was part of the German community in Matamoras. The patriarch was Gottfried, born in 1808 in Saxony. In Germany he and his wife Maria, who was born in 1814, had ten children. In 1858 the family, then consisting of eight living children, came to the United States and ...

Clarifying a point

Letters to the Editor

I feel my twitter interaction quoted in the the article published Nov. 12, 2020, “DeWine: Ohio ramping up mask rules,” with the author was misconstrued. I clearly stated to the author that evidence for mask use was mixed and was my personal opinion only. I was not speaking for the PA ...

I’m staying home

Letters to the Editor

I’m staying home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The pandemic is not a hoax. Over 250,000 people have died and if we all just followed CDC guidelines of wearing a mask, keeping a distance from each other, not attending large gatherings and washing our hands often, we could slow the spread of ...

Staying connected during COVID

Local Columns

Friends are important to positive youth development. Developing friendships is about more than just having a good time; friendships teach children very important life lessons like communication, conflict resolution and cooperation. Friendships are important to social and emotional development, ...

Dealing with unwanted guest during holidays

Local Columns

The holiday season is the culmination of the year. November and December bring times of celebrating with family, friends and the community. Occasionally, we have to deal with someone that makes the holidays less enjoyable, like Cousin Eddie in “Christmas Vacation.” This year, we all have ...

What precautions are you taking?

Local Columns

Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are our pride and joy, and I am sure you have heard the expression, “Had I known grandchildren would be so much fun - I would have had them first,” that sounds funny, but it is very true. Children are blessing to us from above and are sent to ...

Community Foundation challenge a success

Editorials

Mark Hawk of Superior Toyota Hyundai is right when he says these are “times we’ve never seen before.” For more than 8 months, in fact, Mid-Ohio Valley residents have been navigating a surreal set of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected all aspects of life, and ...

The Great Ignoring

Letters to the Editor

It’s not every day one gets to witness the spectacle of the President of the United States, behaving like a spoiled toddler, when his favorite toy is taken away. Our chief executive officer, spouting endless lies and conspiracy theories, further radicalizing his supporters, who gleefully ...

Virus fight may be just getting started

Editorials

Should we have needed any more reason to take seriously the COVID-19 surge in our region, Dr. Dan Breece, vice president of physician services and chief medical officer for Memorial Health System put it in terms that can be understood by anyone who has been watching events unfold on a national ...

Don’t let virus rule lives

Letters to the Editor

This virus isn’t going anywhere. Let’s get the obvious part out of the way. The question is, how are we going to let it affect our lives? If you listen to the “experts” like Saint Fauci, Governor Dewine, Governor Jim Justice, or the hysterical national and local media, the answer is ...

Nursing homes need protecting

Editorials

We have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. At one time earlier in the epidemic, more than half the nation’s deaths from the disease in many state were among residents of long-term care ...

Hard look at Postal Service

Editorials

More than a few who voted for Joe Biden as our next president were not unhappy with one aspect of incumbent President Donald Trump, we suspect. It was his pledge to battle the federal bureaucracy on behalf of the American people. There is ample evidence Trump’s campaign against “the ...

Public Health Directives

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Mike DeWine is to be congratulated for his recent threat to close businesses which do not require customers to follow CDC guidelines regarding masks. Despite push back from some who claim to speak for the business community, there are legitimate reasons to follow the health directives ...

VFW looking to grow

Letters to the Editor

More than one and a half million people are members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Auxiliary. The members at the Ronnie W Davis Memorial VFW Post 5108 in Marietta are looking to increase their membership. The VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization advocating for veterans to ...

Biden must make energy plans clear

Editorials

Joe Biden is not yet president-elect officially, but it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. It is probably no coincidence that within days of the election, some energy companies began ...

Matamoras Minute: The Florer Family

Editorials

Returning to the coverage of German families in Matamoras we turn our attention to Bernard and Anna Schultz Florer. Bernard was born in Strasburg, Bavaria in 1833. His parents were Joseph and Gertrude Riley Florer. Joseph was born in 1793 and lived in the part of Germany which France controlled ...

Preparing for the Festival of Trees

Editorials

As the saying goes “it takes a village.” That could truly be the tag line for our United Way and the nonprofit community we represent. So much at times that I think we should just consider painting that mantra across our windows, thresholds and sidewalks! There may have been few times ...

Economy is still in trouble

Editorials

“Happy days aren’t here again for jobless workers but the labor market is slowly healing day by day.’’ Those words from a research note by Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at the financial firm Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group are encouraging, but carry a tone of caution for ...

Make sure 911 system functioning

Editorials

An Ohio man is dead and his family is rightly confused and frustrated after their calls to 911 in Cuyahoga County last week went unanswered. By the time they resorted to calling the local hospital, which alerted police and paramedics, it was too late. A recording of one hospital worker’s ...