President Donald Trump leaves office in less than a week. What we need in those days, and beyond, is not more drama.

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Thumbs up to the Shenandoah High School boys basketball team for winning its sixth straight Henry County Tournament championship and for climbing to No. 2 in the Class 2A poll.

President-elect Joe Biden will soon assume responsibility for filling some of the most coveted jobs in government: foreign ambassadorships. President Donald Trump put political loyalists rather than trained diplomats into a record number of these positions. To restore professionalism to Amer…

President-elect Joe Biden will soon assume responsibility for filling some of the most coveted jobs in government: foreign ambassadorships. President Donald Trump put political loyalists rather than trained diplomats into a record number of these positions. To restore professionalism to Amer…

Six-hundred-thousand men and their families had been led by Moses across deserts, along rivers, and around mountains. All along the way, they defeated their enemies as they sought a new land, a new home, a place called Canaan. But they didn’t seem to be in a hurry.

We have not heard much from the 44th president of the United States during the last four years. Now he has reappeared.

Thumbs down to 2020, the year that will live in infamy (until something else comes along and we forget all about it). At the same time, thumbs up to 2020. For every depressing story, there was a story of community outreach and overcoming. So... thank you, 2020? No. Thank you, Henry County.

This year’s pandemic-fueled economic downturn has not been felt equally throughout the working population. Rather, it has painfully illustrated that jobs requiring a postsecondary credential tend not only to pay better but to also be more resilient.

Thumbs up for Cassandra Shelton of Knightstown who won America’s Test Kitchen “The Complete Plant Based Cookbook: 500 Inspired, Flexible Recipes for Eating Well Without Meat.” The Courier-Times thanks all who took the time to enter the reader giveaway.

At the time of this writing, COVID-19 is the leading cause of death in the United States. There is ample reason to hope that the vaccines now beginning to arrive will soon knock the coronavirus off that morbid perch.

The state of marijuana research law defies common sense. Although Washingtonians are free to purchase an astonishing array of cannabis products for recreational or medical use, many of the state’s finest researchers are handcuffed in their ability to examine the good – or harm – of those sam…

Thumbs up to Westwood Elementary for the online Christmas program. Job well done. Thank you to staff and students. With love, from Westwood Grandparents. – Patty and Mike Broyles, New Castle

Almost two years ago, Attorney General William Barr came to office with long experience, a reputation for competence and an expansive view of presidential power. In the age of Donald Trump, that was a dangerous combination. As Barr leaves office this month, it’s increasingly clear how much d…

Even in a year when bashing tech companies has become a bipartisan avocation, last week’s antitrust assault on Facebook Inc. stands out. The social-media giant now faces dual lawsuits from the Federal Trade Commission and 46 state attorneys general seeking, among other things, to forcibly un…

When you board a commercial airliner, you know there are certain risks that go with this mode of transportation. You may be placed next to someone with a squalling infant, or behind a traveler who insists on reclining, or alongside an overly talkative stranger – hopefully wearing a tight-fit…

Thumbs Up to Ed Yanos for excellent service in his role as Henry County Commissioner during the past few years. He demonstrated a knowable awareness of community needs and the role of government. His strong dedication to Henry County resulted in exemplary public service. – Olene Veach, New Castle

COVID-19 is surging in Big Ten football locker rooms and in the states that the conference's universities serve. Conference officials should cancel what's left of the 2020 season not just to protect student-athletes and staff but to prevent team outbreaks from spreading to the broader community.

In yet another expression of lame-duck pique, President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act over provisions to rename military bases that honor Confederate generals. Trump is apparently calculating that lawmakers will capitulate rather than risk ho…

Thumbs up to the decorators! From the downtown pots to 1400 Plaza’s dazzling Christmas tree and the Henry County courthouse’s high-flying holiday splendor, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. And we need a little Christmas, perhaps now more than ever.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress both claim they want to pass a new federal stimulus bill before President-elect Joe Biden takes office Jan. 20. The only question is whether lawmakers can find the political will to compromise on a relief package that is desperately needed as coronavirus…

By the looks of it, President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will be among the most teacher-friendly in history – and not just because incoming first lady Jill Biden, who plans to continue teaching, will arguably be the most important voice in the president’s ear. Beyond that, Biden has ca…

A thumbs up and thank you to local businesses Scooter’s Bar and Grill and Riley and Sons Collision for their fundraising efforts in October for the Mammogram Assistance Program at ICAP! You have helped fulfill a need to the women in Henry County. Thank you! – Nancy Lewis, RN, ICAP Director o…

The 2016 Paris Agreement represented the first collective effort by all countries to address climate change. It’s become clear, however, that only a fraction of the 197 signatories are actually living up to it.

It’s unclear at this point exactly how much death and damage have been inflicted in Nicaragua and Honduras by Hurricane Iota, the second major storm to strike the region in as many weeks. But it will be considerable – winds raging at 155 mph stripped roofs from buildings and blew other struc…

In the fall elections, Democrats won the headliner but lost many undercards. With sizable gains in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress, Republicans are poised to control redistricting based on the 2020 Census and potentially take back the House of Representatives in 2022.

More Americans voted in the 2020 presidential election than in any previous election.

Thumbs up to all Henry County educators, administrators, students and staff who are navigating through these ever-changing COVID-19 times. Local schools have been, are, and will always be a vital part of who Henry County is. We appreciate their efforts at continuing to make education work in…

President-elect Joe Biden has won the popular vote by more than 4 million ballots. He has more than enough electoral votes to secure victory and is likely to match President Donald Trump’s 2016 total. There is no discernible path for Trump to alter that outcome. And yet, undoubtedly stung by…

Politicians and health officials alike have been propping up Sweden as a case study for months now in the ongoing battle against COVID-19.

Thumbs up to the Henry County Clerk’s Office and Voter Registration team for another smooth election in difficult circumstances. Our local officials are very professional, courteous and helpful. Both this newspaper – and the patrons served by the office – are very blessed.

It could be a while before the final results of the 2020 elections are known, but it isn’t too soon to draw one conclusion: America is a more evenly divided country than many Democrats and Republicans want to think. In the end, there’ll be winners and losers, but neither side will come away …

Thumbs up to everyone who voted this year or helped make the votes happen. Whether you stood in line for hours in the days leading up to Election Day, or set up a polling place at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning for the lines outside, you made a difference. Thumbs up to the county employees and volun…

To read some of the accounts of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process would be to believe history had been turned on its head because her nomination, hearing and advancement from the Senate Judiciary Committee happened over the course of a few weeks.

What are your Halloween plans this year?

Thumbs up to the AngelWish program, sponsored by LifeStream Services, that is once again seeking to provide gifts valued at $25 a person to isolated and alone seniors who live in Henry and surrounding counties. Due to COVID precautions, this year the program needs to collect monetary donatio…

Thumbs up to Kennard Senior Living for offering to loan health-aid equipment they have in storage to anyone who can use it. There is a range of items from seat walkers to canes, shower seats and more. For more information contact George King at 1-800-458-5757.

Thumbs up to the Henry County Health Dept., Forest Ridge, Northfield Park and anyone else offering a drive-up service to get the flu shot. I didn’t have to take my grandchildren upstairs to the health department and get exposed to possible viruses or germs because they never got out of the v…