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Editorial

Dear reader, We are going through trying times. Mere weeks ago most Americans were unaware of something called the COVID-19 coronavirus. After all, it was something people on the other side of the world were dealing with. Not us. Not here in our own region. In our own towns and ...

Help for the unemployed needs to arrive quickly

Editorial

According to the most recent report, more than 187,000 Ohio residents filed new unemployment compensation claims last week. Across the river, more than 41,000 West Virginians filed new claims. Behind those numbers are a multitude of small businesses, sometimes very small, that are ...

Pandemic reveals flaws in global supply chain

Local Columns

Recently, the U.S. Senate investigated America's heavy reliance on China for key medicines and pharmaceutical ingredients. This is now a pressing issue, since the coronavirus pandemic has revealed troubling vulnerabilities in America's globalized supply chains. In fact, the United States ...

Request an absentee ballot now so you can cast vote

Editorial

Voters in Ohio have a relatively short window to adjust to changes made by the General Assembly to our primary election this spring. Rather than conduct in-person voting June 2, as Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Gov. Mike DeWine had initially hoped, the plan is to do away with in-person ...

Standardized testing should be administered

Local Columns

It has been suggested that because of COVID-19 upheaval, America’s students and educators should be given a break from standardized testing this year. That is precisely why the tests should be administered this year. Before you begin calling friends to join the mob demanding my head on a ...

Equipment deficit shows vulnerability

Editorial

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our atmosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...

Stop hoarding protective masks

Editorial

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

Grocery stores doing the best they can

Editorial

There are a lot of businesses and workers who are performing vital services during this coronavirus crisis. Grocers are chief among them. Grocery stores and those who carry groceries among their offering such as the big box stores are experiencing the same chaotic days as similar stores all ...

Thanks and Spanks

Editorial

THANKS, writes a reader, to the good Samaritans who stopped to help when I fell on the sidewalk on 5th Street in East Liverpool. Your kindness and caring will never be forgotten. It's nice to know there are such wonderful people. THANKS, writes a reader, to East Liverpool's new mayor, Greg ...

State vehicles need to used properly

Editorial

Elected officials walk a fine line between public appearances required by their jobs and appearances that turn out to be campaign stops. In Ohio, a newspaper’s investigation revealed a few state officials who appear to have done a bit of scrambling to ensure they did not step over that ...