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Opinion

Destroying economy will never help US

DEAR EDITOR: I had viewed that Hillary Clinton and others were mocking President Donald Trump on the fact that the USA had more patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus than any other country. This is true. What they seemed not to comprehend was the mortality rates. The USA is at ...

Trust medical experts before our president

DEAR EDITOR: Another customer of my favorite restaurant and I sighed at the creepy look of the darkened place (at a responsible distance from one another) as we awaited our curbside pick-up orders. “This too shall pass,” he said. Three days later, the White House announced it would ...

Keep worshipping, but just do it safely

Today is Palm Sunday, but like many, I won’t be spending an important part of my day in church hearing the reading of the Passion of Christ. And I won’t be collecting my palms and holding them up high for our priest to bless them before the start of the liturgy. Instead, I will ...

Deadline for election letters is extended

Due to the postponement of Ohio’s primary election due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this newspaper will continue accepting letters from local writers regarding the upcoming primary election candidates and issues for several additional days. April 15 is the deadline for this newspaper to ...

Sound off!

I commend Struthers for having enacted a curfew. I wish Poland, Boardman and Canfield would do the same. That way, there wouldn’t be a lot of people hanging out in the parking lots or streets at night. — Poland Last Sunday I noticed that the Locust Grove Baptist Church in Greenford was ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To Austintown Township trustees for taking logical steps, even if unpopular, to ensure that enough first responders and laborers remain on the job amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Trustees voted to exclude police, fire, dispatchers and road department employees from some aspects of the ...

Buildings may be closed, but school isn’t out

For millions of American students, public schools have been closed since mid-March. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for many children. There is a reason we still send ...

Prepare for an unusual primary

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio and several other states are experiencing the most unusual primary election in our lifetime. With a few exceptions, everyone in Ohio is going to vote by mail or drop off their ballots at county boards of elections. This has already been a confusing ...

Do not let virus suppress voting rights

Both Republicans and Democrats in Ohio can complain about voter suppression this year, courtesy of COVID-19. Beyond any doubt, turnout figures for the election that was to have been held March 17 will be low. Balloting that day was canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Last Wednesday, ...

Water service is key to life these days

It is difficult, if not impossible, to wash your hands frequently if there is no water flowing through the pipes in your home. Yet, even as regular hand-washing may be a matter of life and death, water service has been shut off to some American homes — for nonpayment of utility ...