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Opinion

‘Tis the season for giving — and taking

Editorial

‘Tis the season. So many of us get into the Christmas spirit of revelry and giving to those we truly care for and love. Sadly, for some this is not a season of giving but of taking. This includes those wanting to break into vehicles in store parking lots to hoist merchandise. It includes ...

If you prefer online shopping, keep it local

Editorial

It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas from many people in our communities. Bezos did not bring the virus to our country. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do ...

Pandemic creating a different inauguration Day

Editorial

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade, and then on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer in just a few weeks. Inauguration Day for American presidents has ...

Congress should agree to direct relief payments

Editorial

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

Studies must find, fix gaps for minorities

Editorial

Racial minorities have been hit far harder than white Americans by COVID-19. Throughout the epidemic, that has been a constant. But why? Theories abound. One is that African-Americans, whose incomes in general are lower than those for whites, do not benefit from as high a quality of health ...

Salute to Mountaineer who broke barriers

Editorial

Mountain State residents are proud of Chuck Yeager not just for what he did — but also how he did it. He seemed to revel in West Virginia-style rebelliousness. Rules, he once said, are made for people who aren’t willing to make up their own. Yeager, a retired Air Force general, passed ...

Vaccines for inmates can’t be for all of them

Editorial

Forcing people into categories that may not fit them well is foolish under any circumstances. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should not permit it to become a deadly mistake. Like other states, Ohio has a priority list for immunizations by the still relatively scarce COVID-19 vaccine. Health care ...

School funding lies in hands of state Senate

Editorial

Ohio lawmakers are halfway there in terms of finally fixing the state’s unconstitutional school funding system. A proposal for doing so received broad bipartisan support in passing the House of Representatives Dec. 3. Now, however, the ball is in the state Senate’s court. If senators are ...

December 7, 1941 will always life in infamy

Editorial

It was the most profound and cowardly sneak attack in the history of man. At exactly 7:55 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was suddenly plunged into a great conflict that would become World War II. The Imperial Japanese Navy struck at Pearl Harbor. And struck hard. The United States’ ...

With increases looming, Ohioans need bailout, too

Editorial

Many Ohioans struggle to pay the bills during normal times. COVID-19 has made the task tougher, perhaps for millions. Far from getting a break from state government, every electric consumer in Ohio may see higher utility bills, beginning in January. They are being ordered to cover a $1 ...