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Editorials

For unto you is born a saviour

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she ...

Are you ready for Christmas?

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, Christmas dinner food bought and perhaps prepared in advance, ...

Push for e-cig strategies, with suits if necessary

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

New asylum-seeking rule is necessary

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To officials at West Branch Local Schools for being open and transparent by inviting public input in their discussions considering whether to allow school district teachers to be armed. The district announced the meeting and forum allowing residents to voice opinions and has been ...

Meet swiftly any Taliban resurgence

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported this week. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from ...

Until there are answers, keep Max jet grounded

Commercial aircraft production is a high-stakes business in more ways than one. Federal regulators should stick to their position of emphasizing one of those stakes — lives. Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliners have been grounded throughout the world since March, when two of the craft crashed ...

We must all help in fight against suicide

We suspect it is no coincidence that the suicide rate in Ohio skyrocketed during the same period of time, 2007-2018, that the drug abuse epidemic was taking off. During that period, the number of suicides increased by 45 percent, according to a new report by the state Department of Health. ...

Hubbard Township leaders need to show transparency

It’s expensive to run a police department. There’s payroll and benefits for the officers and ancillary staff; there is purchase and upkeep of vehicles, and communication equipment and software. There are rising costs for insurances, office supplies, facility upkeep, utilities — and the ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To retired high school choir director Craig Carson who devotes much of his time to directing “Men of Praise,” the inmate choir at Trumbull Correctional Institution in Warren. Carson has volunteered at the prison since 2002. Carson said although some of the inmates in the choir are ...