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Editorials

Healthy folks must consider donating blood

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Stop political games; move on with impeachment trial

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Without evidence ...

State must find answers on child insurance crisis

It appears there are more avenues than ever for states to ensure as many children as possible are covered by health insurance. So why were nearly 12,000 fewer Ohio youngsters covered in 2018 than in 2016? Gov. Mike DeWine is among those disturbed by the report, published in the Columbus ...

Extend gesture of conciliation to Iran, for now

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do last week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

Extend the needed help to Puerto Rico

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico just can’t seem to catch a break. Still attempting to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, many on the islands have been affected by a strong earthquake this week. In comparison to the hurricane, which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused nearly $100 ...

Safeguards needed before any debate of death penalty

Next year, Ohio may join the 21 other states that have written the death penalty out of their criminal codes. It would be understandable if Buckeye State legislators make the move. Putting someone to death legally has become more and more difficult. Ohio permits only lethal injection as ...

Orchids and onions

l ORCHID: To the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley, which is hosting classes to teach people with Down syndrome kitchen acumen and cooking skills. A dozen teens and young adults are enrolled in the classes, focusing on cooking, nutrition and kitchen safety at Mahoning County Career and ...

Sound off

In regards to Southern Park Mall, how many more liquor licenses does Boardman need? It might be better to let the free market run its course. Maybe the mall could go medical with two major hospitals on both sides — Akron Children’s Hospital and Mercy Health. I believe another big store at ...

Compromise needed for self-driving cars

The nanny crowd — folks who insist only government is capable of protecting us against any hazard — wasted no time in criticizing proposed new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers. “This is a science experiment playing out in real time on our roadways without any safeguards or ...

Stop political games; move on with trial

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Without evidence ...