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Editorial

Suicide rates on the rise throughout Ohio

As surges in COVID-19 numbers prompt many to again follow social distancing and isolation guidance that was in place for most of the spring, mental health experts are warning about the effects of that kind of isolation — and the hopelessness that comes from the accompanying economic ...

Avoid budget cuts to schools in Ohio

With fiscal 2020 now history, the task of keeping budgets balanced during the year that began last Wednesday begins for local and state government officials. Damage to the economy from COVID-19 — some of it possibly permanent — will make that difficult. The state fiscal year runs from July ...

Happy birthday to the United States of America

"The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God ...

Ohio’s high court will hear guns in schools argument

Allowing public school teachers to carry or have access to firearms while on the job is a tough topic. Armed educators can save lives if schools are invaded by people bent on violence, say proponents of the idea. Which, sadly, has happened multiple times in our country. Critics worry about gun ...

Rights of individuals? Read the preamble

This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is a clear ...

Students should be allowed to show faith

Ensuring public school students are not penalized because of their religious beliefs is a worthwhile goal, even if pitfalls are encountered during the process. Last month Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a bill intended to expand the religious freedom of students in public schools. It was ...

Consider statues of civil rights demonstrators

Civil rights demonstrators this summer have engaged in a new round of tearing down statues of people they see as champions of bigotry. Why not replace them with statues of the heroes and heroines of the civil rights movement? Late last year, people in Montgomery, Alabama erected a statue of ...

Despite epidemic, Iranian leaders stockpile uranium

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country, were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the nuclear ...

Taking action on law enforcement reform

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is right: Proposals for law enforcement reforms “have been around for a long time — and it’s time for us to take action.” DeWine unveiled his recommendations for change last week. They include common-sense changes such as no longer allowing the Ohio State Highway ...

Ohio Supreme Court got this one correct

The stance that, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” is among the most powerful — and important — comments ever made on freedom of speech. Some attribute it to the French Enlightenment philosopher/historian Voltaire. It is an important ...