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Editorial: COVID pills hold promise, but vaccines remain vital

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The nation received what felt like something of an early Christmas gift last week — news that the federal government on Dec. 22 approved Pfizer’s Paxlovid, the first pill to treat COVID. The Food and Drug Administration shortly afterward approved a Merck pill, molnupiravir, that is believed to be somewhat less effective but no less encouraging as another line of attack on coronavirus.

Editorial: Instructional materials rule would burden schools, teachers

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State Republican lawmakers appear to be looking to add a significant burden to teachers and schools with a possible law that would likely provide little benefit to parents but mountains of hassle to educators.

Editorial: Keep party politics out of school board races

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The Terre Haute Tribune-Star Among all of the wrong-headed pieces of legislation concocted by the extreme partisan wing of the Indiana General Assembly’s ruling Republican...

Editorial: Kentucky, storm-hit states need our help

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Scenes from last week’s tornadoes that ripped a deadly path through parts of Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri are devastating and heartbreaking. Severe storms also brought death and destruction to parts of Arkansas and Tennessee.

Editorial: Proposed legislation undermines public health

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COVID cases are spiking again across Indiana. Hospitalizations have increased at an alarming rate. A stubbornly high number of Hoosiers continue to refuse to be vaccinated. And now, a new variant looms.

Editorial: Hoosier hospitality shines for refugees

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Hoosiers showed their hospitality in ways that long will be remembered by refugees from Afghanistan who briefly called Camp Atterbury home.

Editorial: Biden tested as Putin covets Ukraine

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In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin released a long-winded treatise on Ukraine — the country’s history both medieval and modern, its kinship with the Russian Motherland, and its latter-day relations with the West. Mixing truths with half-truths and outright falsehoods, it rested on the dominant theme that the notion of Ukraine as its own nationality, ethnicity, culture and language is a figment, and that Ukrainians and Russians have always been, and always will be, “one people.”

Editorial: Remembering Bob Dole and his spirit of compromise

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Robert J. Dole — war hero, senator, presidential candidate, Kansan — has died, at the age of 98.

Editorial: Have your say on city parks, senior issues

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What kind of parks would you like to see in Columbus?

Editorial: Responders exemplify best of our community

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One week ago, emergency responders pulled the body of 2-year-old Emma Sweet from the frigid water of East Fork White River, bringing closure to her family and to a community that had hoped and prayed for a different outcome.