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Opinion

New redistricting plan was needed

Editorial

How political districts for state and federal offices get drawn this year will be different from how it was done 10 years ago, and 10 years before that. Gerrymandering — the to-the-victor-go-the-spoils approach previously employed — has been ditched, mostly, for a new plan designed to make ...

Feud between lawmakers, Gov. DeWine needs to stop

Editorial

The feud between state lawmakers and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has got to stop somewhere. We suggest it stop with hammering out a budget agreement and an understanding how to help small businesses recover from the pandemic. The first year of the pandemic was hit hard —hard hit indeed by angry ...

A public thank you for helping his father

Letters To The Editor

To the editor: Alzheimer’s is an awful disease. To witness a loved one travel this path is a deep hurtful pain I wish on no one. In the advance stages, like my father’s, they crave routines. With great anticipation they look forward to the mailman delivering mail and, yes, garbage ...

DeWine should get rid of the COVID-19 curfew

Editorial

We are glad to see Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to relax the Ohio COVID-19 curfew by one hour, but we’ll be even more pleased when it goes away completely. That’s because the curfew has produced little to no measurable results in combating the spread of COVID-19. DeWine first announced ...

Parties must not interfere in the U.S. Senate race

Editorial

As Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman approaches the end of his second six-year term, “partisan gridlock” has triggered his decision not to seek re-election next year. The decision is a blow to Republicans hoping to regain the Senate in two years, after it flipped this year to a 50-50 tie, ...

With February comes Black History Month

Editorial

With February comes Black History Month. Its celebration of our nation’s Blacks became a national observance in 1976 under President Gerald Ford. As always, the month calls to mind great community leaders, from the civil rights movement, from academia, from city leadership, law enforcement ...

The buggy, the horse and two cows

Local Columns

My wife has a bone to pick with my great-great-grandfather. “Benjamin was a jerk,” Honey said. I was reading to Honey the terms of Benjamin Miller’s will, dated March 22, 1876, which provided first for payment of his debts and funeral expenses, and second, without reservation, “to ...

Storytelling can be good for a senior’s health

Local Columns

Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the local Visiting Angels ...

It is a great time to be a scam artist

Editorial

Right now is a great time to be a scam artist. Tax season is always fertile for the unscrupulous. Plus, there have been reports of con jobs emerging surrounding COVID vaccinations. Then there are the run-of-the-mill general scams that occur any time of the year. It is terrible when anybody ...

Ohio Job and Family Services fraud continues to happen

Editorial

As the number of applications for unemployment assistance exploded all over the country, so did the opportunities for fraud — theft of taxpayer dollars. Officials in most states have been working hard against it, but the onslaught is overwhelming. Ohio Job and Family Services Director Kim ...