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Editorials

Region receives some good news

Area residents were minded last week that there will be life — and, in all probability, prosperity for many — after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. News from regional officials was very good. First, it was revealed that three local government entities will be receiving enormous ...

Remember: Common sense must come first

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up with a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any ...

Trail numbers looking good

We received another reminder about our region’s potential for growth a little more than a week ago in the form of a feasibility study prepared by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The work, which covers 89 pages, concludes that the completion of the Pittsburgh-to-Cleveland trail corridor ...

Festival collaboration good for community

Not too long after he learned that Dean Martin had died on Dec. 25, 1995, then-Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci announced that the city would find a way to honor one of its most-beloved native sons. That led to the formation of the Dean Martin Committee, which would organize what would ...

We shouldn’t have been surprised

We knew it was coming. When we learned Wednesday night that a Jefferson County resident had tested positive for COVID-19 and then discovered Thursday a Hancock County resident had tested positive as well, the news was less a shock than a stark reminder of the necessity for all of us to do ...

Remember those who need help

Even during normal times, there are many area residents among us who rely on nonprofit charities for the essentials of life. Help provided ranges from the very stuff of life — blood provided by the Red Cross — to essentials including food, shelter and clothing offered by several area ...

Information key in coronavirus fight

One of the biggest tools we have in our fight against COVID-19 is information. The newspaper, for instance, remains a valuable and comprehensive source for local information. We’re also seeing daily briefings from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice. Other governors, ...

Stay-at-home the right thing

It has not escaped Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s notice that delay can be deadly in dealing with COVID-19. States and nations where decisive action to fight the disease was not taken expeditiously have suffered terribly. On Sunday, DeWine issued an order that Buckeye State residents not leave ...

Turn our thoughts to inner space

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the Space Force — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our amosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials have ...

Remember: We’re in this together

Our world has changed in many ways during the past week or so as the realities of the issues surrounding COVID-19 have really settled in. It wasn’t that long ago that we heard the first reports that local events had been postponed or canceled. That quickly changed, as in a matter of days ...