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Editorial

ODH must take steps to ensure data is up to date

We have been critical at times of online efforts in Ohio to keep the public informed about the situation regarding COVID-19. Sometimes, statistics posted on the state websites lag significantly behind what actually has happened, we pointed out. About a week ago, Ohio officials admitted they ...

Reforming relationships with our Native Indians

President-elect Joe Biden is being urged by some to include a Native American in his Cabinet, possibly as secretary of the Interior Department. If he does that, the person named would be the first Native American ever to serve in the Cabinet. Proponent of such action have a person in mind: ...

Use any needed extra time for vaccine safety

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a race against death. It is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. At least two COVID-19 vaccines appear to be nearing readiness. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA must approve ...

Even on this Thanksgiving we can be very grateful

There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...

Oversight bill must include attentiveness

For years, veterans of military service and their families have worried about the Department of Veterans Affairs. News of lengthy wait lists, enormous cost overruns on new facilities and similar outrages was, to say the least, worrisome. It got worse in 2018, when what happened at a VA ...

Shutdown directive must be last resort in fragile economy

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have ordered renewed steps to combat the disease. Most are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand another blow like that earlier ...

A hearty welcome to our area’s new bishop

Welcome to our diocese, Bishop-elect David Bonnar. We are pleased to have him join the fold! We are especially pleased at the timely appointment, given that we had been led to believe it might have taken several months for the selection of our new religious leader. Bonnar, 58, has been ...

Biden urged to soon release his energy plans

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 ...

Biden team needs briefed on security

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Accurate census is critical for planning

Census Bureau officials’ claim that the agency was able to collect information from 99.9 percent of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, ...