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Opinion

Remote learning teaching us some important lessons

Editorial

An early step most states took in dealing with the novel coronavirus epidemic was closing public schools. That was wise for the good of both students and those to whom the children, perhaps not showing symptoms, might have transmitted COVID-19. Many, probably most, school systems already had ...

Keeping schools closed is prudent

Editorial

Gov. Mike DeWine is eager to get the state’s economy moving again in a measured manner. He has cautioned there may be setbacks in the effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading. On Monday, he took a giant step to avoid that: DeWine announced public schools in Ohio will remain closed for the ...

Earth Day reaches 50th anniversary

Editorial

The year 1970 was eventful. Consider some notable happenings: — President Nixon ordered U.S. forces to cross into neutral Cambodia, which widened the Vietnam War. His decision ignited nationwide riots which led to the Kent State shootings and four dead students and others injured. — A ...

Don’t be so quick to jump back to normal

Editorial

President Trump was right last week to clarify his position and remind Americans it will be the governors of our states responsible for determining how and WHEN we begin the tricky process of loosening COVID-19 restrictions. “The governors are responsible,” he said. That is correct. And ...

Find better ways to protect inmates

Editorial

Columbiana County has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. As this was written there were 135 cases in the county. Ten people have died of the disease. Sixty of those positive case patients — including five of the deaths —were at the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution. Yes, that ...

More information needed on virus

Editorial

Every scrap of information we can get will help humankind go on the offensive against COVID-19. Scientists have in common with police detectives that they understand even the most insignificant appearing fact may prove to be crucial in solving a case. One statistic that already is showing ...

Unbiased report needed as a guide for the future

Editorial

Democratic Party leaders in the House of Representatives are preparing to launch a formal investigation into how President Donald Trump’s administration has handled the COVID-19 crisis, it has been reported. At some point, such an examination needs to be conducted — but not as an exercise ...

EGCC leader cashes out in outrageous deal

Editorial

In an outrageous agreement with Eastern Gateway Community College, outgoing president Jimmie Bruce will collect his full, $250,000 annual salary through June 30, 2021, plus many other lucrative benefits. Bruce last week announced his resignation, effective June 30, although he already has ...

Preventing suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic

Local Columns

We are living through a global pandemic, with no firm idea how long it will last, whether or not we or our loved ones will be infected by this virus (or worse, die from it), or how long our lives will be upended. This uncertainty can cause and/or heighten anxiety and fear. For those living ...