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Opinion

Affordable plan needed for state infrastructure

Editorial

We have entered the time of year when faults in our roads and bridges are more obvious than ever. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Ohio’s infrastructure is only getting worse. The ASCE graded Ohio in 16 categories. The state earned an overall C-minus. Ohio’s ASCE ...

Taking another look at using wind power

Editorial

It has not been so long ago that liberal politicians and billionaires were screeching about the dangers of extraction industries and the benefits of renewable energy sources, while at the same time refusing to allow a major wind farm off the coast of their Massachusetts estates because they ...

Public, bidders deserve answers on USPS pact

Editorial

There are lots of questions about the process that led to awarding a giant federal government contract to a Wisconsin-based company rather than to a company with ties to the Mahoning Valley. The U.S. Postal Service vehicle contract worth billions of dollars will be publicly funded, and ...

Mental illness collides with criminal justice

Editorial

There was a time when Ohioans experiencing mental health crises could get help that was less likely to intersect with the criminal justice system. In past decades, a state-run local hospital, for instance, was able to evaluate and offer both short and long-term mental health treatment, if ...

Not a fan of DeWine’s handling of virus

Letters To The Editor

To the editor: Ohio Governor Dewine has told us to avoid large gatherings, avoid eating with others outside your household and wear a mask. Like good brainwashed Chinese soldiers, we put on our masks that if not handmade are made in China. While politicians like DeWine says to follow the ...

Justice income tax proposal a good start

Editorial

Gov. Jim Justice has submitted to lawmakers a state income tax repeal plan with the encouragement that “This is the time to seize our opportunity!” It starts with a 60 percent reduction in the personal income tax for the first year. For many West Virginians –and perhaps those considering ...

As things brighten, don’t let guard down

Editorial

Slowly we are seeing the light brighten at the end of the tunnel. It was just last week when Gov. Mike DeWine announced limits on sporting and entertainment venue attendance would be relaxed, now permitting 30 percent of the maximum outdoor capacity or 25 percent of maximum indoor spectators ...

McKinley stance on energy makes sense

Editorial

When it comes to extremist politics, most elected officials learn quickly that what they propose up front needs to be just a bit more outlandish than what they actually hope to accomplish. Surely, then, President Joe Biden knows Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is correct when he says “Their ...

Don’t listen to all of the vaccine myths

Editorial

Dr. Clay Marsh has been part of the effort that led West Virginia to be a leader in trying to fight the spread of COVID-19 and in distributing the vaccine that might help us one day turn the corner in that fight. Mountain State residents have come to trust him as he talks us through the ...

Need to help small biz with ongoing changes

Editorial

As members of Congress consider another stimulus , a report out of Ohio last week should give them some sense of urgency. According to an Alignable A1 Revenue Poll, 51 percent of Ohio’s small businesses said revenue expectations will fail to meet their needs by the end of March. Without more ...