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Opinion

Ohio Supreme Court will hear firearms case

Editorial

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. ...

Explanation regarding drastic LGF reduction

Local Columns

I am writing as a member of the County Budget Commission to give you a straightforward explanation of why your local government funds (LGF) were drastically cut. No politics. No unwarranted criticism. But no cover-up either. Just facts. I am not running for any office. But your elected ...

Protecting, treating kids should be prioritized

Editorial

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

Affordable energy needed during pandemic, heat wave

Local Columns

As the coronavirus continues to upend the country, Americans are facing unique challenges. Millions are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. If that isn’t bad enough, electricity bills are also rising right now during peak summer demand. That means staying cool has suddenly become an ...

‘And now the rest of the story’

Local Columns

COLUMBUS —For more than three decades, radio personality named Paul Harvey would begin his broadcast with, “And now the rest of the story.” Recently, a front page story highlighted the potential unintended impact the use of traffic cameras in our county could have upon the Local ...

Pre-election social media: Be very skeptical of it all

Editorial

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election now less than three months away, that should come as no ...

The drug epidemic isn’t going anywhere

Editorial

A precious little baby girl died needlessly last week. Police blame it on the epidemic raging through our area. Not COVID-19. No, this epidemic has been with us far longer and is much deadlier. It is drug abuse. As we reported, Chester resident Kace Lee Schmigal, 31, was charged last week ...

State must hold GM accountable

Editorial

Ohio’s Tax Credit Authority is expected this month to assess whether General Motors should repay the state $60.3 million in tax incentives for its former assembly plant in Lordstown. The authority should rule that GM must pay back the full amount it received in tax credits because it closed ...

Don’t forget the fight against other maladies

Editorial

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in the ...

States should foot the bill for mail-in ballot postage

Editorial

Of all the irrational debates Americans could be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported earlier this month tops them all. Of course, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, there ...