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Opinion

EMT plan for YFD requires caution, study

Fire departments operated and financed by local governments increasingly have become misnomers. Today’s firefighters no longer fit neatly into the traditional pigeonhole of men and women donning bulky protective gear to valiantly extinguish residential and commercial blazes. The proof is in ...

Joint district should bring efficiencies

The point of regionalizing services among neighboring communities is to create efficiencies. That’s largely the reason we would support the possibility of creating a joint fire district that could fight fires and provide emergency medical services in a collaborative effort covering Girard, ...

Patience needed in filing COVID-19 funeral claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency began accepting applications Monday for reimbursement of funeral expenses for people who have died since Jan. 20, 2020, of COVID-19. Billions of dollars were allocated for these expenses as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. According to FEMA, ...

After 24 years, school funding issue must end

Ohio residents want to know they are getting their money’s worth, whether it be on a shopping trip or when sending their hard-earned tax money to Columbus. According to researchers at WalletHub, there are a few areas of concern, on the state government front. In its report “Best and Worst ...

We still need the Capitol barricades

EAR EDITOR: I just saw that some nut drove his car into the barricade outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. I wonder if he’s one of former President Donald Trump’s supporters who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6. I also watched the barriers being removed, along with razor barbed wire. ...

True patriots don’t suppress voting

DEAR EDITOR: The media reported on March 24 that GOP leader Gale E. Measel Jr. said the Patriot Caucus, a splinter group, won’t split the Republican Party, but could help each other. A patriot is a person who loves, supports and defends his or her country and its interests. To me, that ...

Working people today deserve $15 wage

DEAR EDITOR: I keep hearing the talking heads claim how a minimum wage of $15 will ruin the economy, how the stimulus package will disincentivize the working man. How has everyone bought into this rich man’s baloney? That $15 an hour would give that working man $120 for an eight-hour ...

Stay vigilant for return to normal

DEAR EDITOR: The past year focused the entire planet on one challenge — defeating disease. How can we prevent it with vaccines? And how can we treat it when people get sick, so we save their lives? These feats represent the best of biopharmaceutical progress. COVID-19 will be ...

Under Dems, we’ll all spiral downward

DEAR EDITOR: I read letters to the editor from Democrats, and I’m confused. We had a president that was a big mouth narcissist, but the economy was the best it’s ever been. His efforts, or lack thereof, to control COVID-19 left much to be desired, but he created Operation Warp Speed ...

Gratitude to many for love of history

DEAR EDITOR: With regards to recent published information by Mr. Richard Scarsella, president of the William Holmes McGuffey Society, I would have added some information. We would be quite remiss not to mention the hard work for years by the members of the society, many professors at YSU or ...