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Local Editorials

As Halloween nears, virus threat looming

At least there will be no shortage of masks. So goes one joke about Halloween 2020. It will be upon us in just a few weeks. And, while it may not seem a priority to many in government at all levels, it needs to be addressed. Halloween rivals Christmas in some ways in popularity among ...

Protection against ‘regular’ flu available

Mention vaccines these days, and chances are the talk will be about when some protection against COVID-19 can be expected. Another killer is about to take the stage, however. “Regular” influenza — actually multiple viruses that vary in threat level, depending on the year — strikes ...

Candidate quits race, leaving voters adrift

Our liberties rest only on the willingness of good men and women to charge into the fray of politics when they think change is needed in government. But merely getting into the battle is not enough. One must be willing to remain engaged. In that light, what happened recently in Georgia ...

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Bad news for schools All high schools in Martin County are switching to hybrid learning Monday, given rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the county. Elementary schools will continue with in-person learning. The COVID-19 cases are not centered in the high schools, so it is a bit odd that ...

Lesson from Kenosha: It can happen anywhere

The fire chief of Kenosha, Wisconsin, reported this week that damage from riots in that city now totals $11 million. The unrest broke out in the wake of the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake. To put the damage in perspective, the chief said it amounts to three years of fire loss in a ...

Newspaper for troops saved after facing threat

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the ...

In age of division, don’t fall for internet nonsense

No informed high official in our government disputes that Russia is doing its best to influence the 2020 election, not by hacking into computers and altering vote totals but by sowing dissension among us. In case you hadn’t noticed, that strategy worked well in 2016 and has since. Don’t ...

Nation’s debt epidemic must be taken seriously

On Friday, the Treasury Department announced that the U.S. budget deficit has hit an all-time high, of $3 trillion. That is just for the first 11 months of the fiscal year. Billions upon billions of dollars more will be added to the total. Obviously, the vast majority of this year’s ...

Credit insurance crunch hurting U.S. businesses

Among popular Christmas season activities during recent years has been finding the Elf on the Shelf. The stuffed toy, about 12 inches long, delights children who wonder where in the house he or she may be hiding. Thanks to COVID-19, a good place to start looking for the Elf this year would ...

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Turn in census data The U.S. census is wrapping up this month, and the response rate in Martin County is 72 percent, which compares favorably to the state rate of 74 percent. Still, this result clearly indicates that more county residents need to turn in their household information. The ...

Supreme Court picks remain important issue

President Trump is preparing to release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees should he have the opportunity to name more justices in a second term. It is not a new move for the president, who did something similar in 2016, but it remains important. Trump’s opponent, Democrat Joe ...

Politics delays measure to help millions in U.S.

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over a new ...

Voters can help ensure all ballots are counted

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about vote fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — but ...

Amid pandemic, kids still relying on food aid

Behind the unemployment statistics are the children. Millions are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table. As the economy began throttling back because of the epidemic, many public school districts shut down too. To their credit, officials in ...

On Labor Day: Know things will get better

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and, in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us reason ...

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City plans virus relief The Fairmont City Council this week unanimously agreed to support development of a grant program, working with Martin County, to help businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The city and county have received federal virus relief funds, and the city already has ...

Health privacy law battles common sense

With public schools in many states either reopened or ready to become so within the next few weeks, it is virtually inevitable that there will be COVID-19 outbreaks in some classrooms. That will result in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them ...

Violence in major cities does not need to go on

Politicians generally try to “spin” the reality around them to make themselves look good and their opponents look bad. When it comes to party politics, the same rules apply. Break down a politician’s message and it might be, “Well, our party is honest and well-intentioned, offering good ...

Today, let us remember those who served nation

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of today. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s surrender was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in this ...

Federal Reserve should stay the course

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...