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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

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 ...

Request an absentee ballot now so you can cast vote

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 ...

Equipment deficit shows vulnerability

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Let’s exercise caution along with some common sense

On Saturday officials in Ohio said 12 men and 14 women ranging in age from 31 to 86 have tested positive for the coronavirus. That was twice the number announced on Friday. Seven people were hospitalized, and 264 people were being tested for COVID-19. There have been no reported deaths in the ...

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. Last week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March 11. He faces similar charges in California. For many years, the powerful, wealthy film industry executive got away with preying on young actresses and those aspiring to careers in entertainment. That has come to an end. But what of the other evildoers involved in the situation? The men and women in the entertainment industry who knew about Weinstein — but did nothing to stop him? Will the #MeToo movement stop with Weinstein? Will he be considered enough of a sacrifice to divert attention from his enablers? Let us hope not. If crimes were committed by those who knew about Weinstein but did nothing, they should be prosecuted. If their offenses did not rise to the level of crimes, they still should be punished by others in the entertainment industry. Will that happen? Not if history is any guide. And that means there will be other Harvey Weinsteins in the future.

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. Last week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March 11. ...