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If you reside in a nursing home and are not getting needed care, you might be afraid to complain. You don’t want to offend or anger the people who feed and bathe you. You don’t want to be labeled uncooperative and discharged.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday needlessly poked a hole in Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state.” By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled in a case from Montana that if a state provides a tax break that benefits students at a secular private school, it must include private rel…

The Ottumwa school board’s plans for finding a new superintendent were, as announced, about as good as one could hope. The way they said the search would be conducted was as open and transparent as things can be in these very unusual times.

This is a big week for local government in Wapello County. We’ll find out who the finalists for the Ottumwa school district’s new superintendent are, and the city is hosting an event to give people an in-depth look at the proposed comprehensive plan.

This weekend’s protests and riots were shocking, though not surprising. It’s important that, amid the knee-jerk responses and talking heads on cable, we not lose sight of some critical facts.

This is when we’d usually be doing an editorial tied to commencement events at area high schools. We’d be planning for several busy weekends, trying to get to multiple ceremonies for photos celebrating the Class of 2020.

It was easy to miss on Thursday, but Wapello County hit a major milestone in the pandemic. After weeks of watching the number of cases jump from one day to another, the number of active cases fell.

It’s getting increasingly difficult to ignore the fact Gov. Kim Reynolds has had a fair amount to say about COVID-19 hotspots in Iowa wherever they’ve popped up in the past couple weeks — unless it’s Wapello County.

The announcement that the Wapello County Fair has been canceled for 2020, the first cancellation since World War II, wasn’t a huge surprise. As businesses and organizations struggle to find a way to reach a semblance of normalcy in an era of social distancing, many are erring on the side of …

Local officials have been insistent in recent days that they are prohibited from releasing additional information about where the sharp increase in COVID cases are coming from. We don’t think they’re right.

There are some critical points that people need to understand about the next couple of weeks and the way Iowa is beginning the process of allowing businesses to reopen. One of the biggest is that we should be careful drawing conclusions immediately.

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, there has begun to be some discussion about when, and how, to begin relaxing the restrictions we’re living under. But we’re missing a major piece of the puzzle, one that is essential in knowing how to do so without risking a new spike in cases.

The city is on shaky ground if it embraces the riverfront revitalization plan being pushed by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation right now. It should wait to proceed, even if that delays the project by a year or more.

Federal officials believe this week may well be the worst nationally for the COVID-19 outbreak. Iowa, as it has throughout this pandemic, is a couple weeks behind the national trend. No matter where you are, April is going to be tough.

Iowa saw a spectacular act of selfishness on Thursday, one made all the more stunning by the fact it came as people are trying to pull together in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and its toll on the state.

This is a hard time for all of us. We understand that. Aside from the concern about the spread of COVID-19, there is the loss of routines and, in many cases, income. People have good reason to be on edge.

This is a tough announcement to make. It was comforting for so many years to think of serious, lethal outbreaks of highly infectious diseases as having been confined safely to the history books or to fiction. The past several months have shown the world otherwise.

Tuesday’s vote by the council on the Fiscal 2021 budget was no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to city government. Councils rarely make major changes to the budget proposal they receive from the finance department, and this time was no different.

The 2020 construction season is here. Weather delayed the streetscape work by a day, but it got going this week. It’s one of the higher-profile projects in Ottumwa, but Ottumwans are still in the dark about the other big one. With each day that passes, the silence at the former site of St. J…

This week’s statement from Wapello County Public Health on coronavirus fears was clear and warranted. At its heart, the message was that awareness and vigilance are warranted, but panic is not.

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