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Just cut unneeded spending

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Members of Congress already are on record with their criticisms. Some of ...

Training can avert kayaking disasters

Two eerily similar incidents claimed the lives of at least three kayakers within days of each other. Monday, two kayakers encountered trouble soon after launching near a low-head dam Monday on the Scioto River in Marion County. The body of one man, Tyler Webb, 29, Marion, was recovered that ...

Remind Turkey to follow our rules

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. One of them is ...

CDBG might be tip of the cutbacks

President Donald Trump’s outline for the 2018 federal budget calls for reduced spending on domestic and foreign aid in order to increase spending on the military and border security. On the chopping block is the Community Development Block Grant program. It could be a tough sell. CDBG ...

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Don’t set taxpayers up to provide another bailout

Too many in Washington and on Wall Street seem to have amnesia about the devastation the Great Recession wreaked in communities across the country — but most Ohioans don’t have that luxury. Families who were struggling to invest in their children’s education or to save money for ...

Looking at the costs and benefits of health care

My father was killed by a heart attack at age 56. I have reflected often that had the advanced health care we have now been available in the 1950s and early 1960s, he probably would have lived to a ripe old age. That’s something we don’t think about enough in our debates over health care ...

Ohioan’s jobs are not part of trade negotiation

I have spent my entire career fighting for a trade policy that puts Ohio workers first. Two days after last November’s election, I called the president-elect’s transition team and offered to work with them to make good on his campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade ...

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Caterwauling and other feline feats

Fitful dreams. Probably running a low-grade fever with this dumb early May chest cold. Thump the pillow, shift position, stare at the weird shadows cast by the night-light. Hmm ... what’s that one look like? A yam? Malaysia? Trump’s comb-over? And those caterwauling tomcats outside ...

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Ponder gay adoption

LGBT adoption is the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Every day, more and more LGBTQ people are adopting children who need a good and loving home. Too many LGBTQ youth come out to family members only to face rejection, hatred and violence or are forced out ...

A call for cooler air in schools

Good afternoon, My name is Shayna Schwartz and I am presently a junior at Columbian High School. I am writing this letter to discuss implementing air conditioning throughout the high school. Through extensive research and listening to other students, I believe it is important for the school to ...

Drug testing, monitoring would fight abuse

Hello, my name is Andrew Schalk and I am writing to you about the growing heroin and other drug epidemic within our very own community. Mostly, the drug use within our college system is what worries our little community the most, because college students are so young and have so much ahead of ...

Please, Ohio lawmakers, don’t meddle (again) with the Public Library Fund! Following the fall of Ohio’s public libraries’ state funds after the recession of 2008, libraries slowly have crawled back up during the last almost 10 years to a much better place. The current Public Library Fund ...