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Editorial

PPP initiative needs stringent oversight

What some have described as a “citizen legislature” approach to governance in the United States means that the overwhelming majority of members of Congress have private business interests. Inevitably, some of what they do affects their personal finances. Quite a few of them have benefited ...

We must fund the education process

School, both public and private, will be quite different this fall. In many states, classrooms that normally would have been open by mid-August will not be occupied until September or October, if then. Whether the education process for millions of children will involve in-person teaching or ...

Review prisons, add needed safeguards

When COVID-19 invaded Ohio about four months ago, virtually no one was ready for it. Had we known then what we know now — lives could have been saved. Our ability to combat the coronavirus has improved dramatically. But in one of the most at-risk populations in Ohio — state prisons — ...

Parents/guardians: Be vigilant with kids

Since the beginning of time, children have found ways to act just outside their parents' awareness. Rapidly changing technology makes that easier — and much more dangerous. Still, most parents try their best to keep an eye on their children's online activities. This week, we learned of a ...

Some law officers need to be better educated

Leave aside the political correctness that has resulted in universal condemnation of all law enforcement personnel, for a moment. In the interest of saving lives, let us return at least briefly to using our common sense. As The Associated Press reports, a significant number of officers, ...

Trump should drop reopening pressure

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold some federal funds from education institutions, both K-12 and colleges and universities, if they do not reopen soon for the fall semester. Some governors also have issued blanket reopening schedules for their public schools. This is misguided, ...

During heat wave check in on the elderly, infirmed

When we have a heat wave, it’s always important to check on those who might be at risk: the elderly — especially those living alone and without air conditioning — and those with health conditions. The same is true now. Yes, we are getting a bit of a break this weekend. But next week’s ...

Yes, worry about your grandparents and all of us

Recently, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tried a little psychology when he urged younger residents "If you don't worry about yourself, worry about your grandparents." He was speaking particularly to his "friends in their 20s" who are maybe a bit less cautious in avoiding COVID-19. But while there is a ...

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 ...