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Editorials

COVID, Hurricane Hamper Recovery

Crack are beginning to show in the economic recovery we hoped was under way after encouraging signs this spring and summer. The double whammy of individuals’ failure to do what is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, and natural disasters such as Hurricane Ida, means ...

Take Time This Month To Prepare for Disasters

September is National Preparedness Month, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is taking advantage of the opportunity to ask Buckeye State residents to “Prepare to protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” FEMA, the Ohio EMA and ReadyOhio are asking families to work toward ...

Creating a Better Business Climate

Give the pencil-pushers in Charleston a little credit: They made a move late last month they spun as a way to reduce unemployment insurance costs for the state’s businesses by as much as 25% next year — they paid off WorkForce West Virginia’s federal pandemic loan of $185 million before ...

Fund Ohio’s Schools

Schools in several Ohio counties are closing or going back to remote learning at the start of the school year. The reason? Extreme heat. Throughout the state school buildings are so old or in such disrepair that they do not have working air conditioning. Columbus City Schools has 20 buildings ...

A Mask Mandate Only Logical Call

On Monday, faced with the possibility that remote learning could again become a reality due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the district, the Ohio County Board of Education decided, by a 4-1 vote, to institute a 30-day mask mandate for all students and staff. Given the ...

Keep Region’s Parks Litter-Free

Throughout our region, many escaped the confines of their homes during the pandemic by heading to a state park. Outdoor activity lends itself to social isolation while at the same time enhancing the health and wellbeing of those enjoying a day in nature. In West Virginia, for example, state ...