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We need rockets to carry astronauts

Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards this past week, ...

Ensure your vote is cast

For many Ohioans, the Nov. 6 election will be more important in many ways than if Buckeye State voters were helping to elect a president. On local candidates and issues as well as those affecting the entire state, critical decisions need to be made at the polls. It is not difficult these days ...

Newspaper matters, now more than ever

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, “Journalism matters — now more than ever.” Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did ...

States and FEMA should reconsider deadlines

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

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Nike’s Kaepernick ad highlights political trend among businesses

Nike’s recent advertising campaign featuring ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick is the latest and most visible example of a new trend in business. In the past few years, businesses and in some cases their CEOs have taken stands on political issues. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel ...

To self, with hindsight: Wisdom via perspective

Have you ever wanted to write a letter to your younger self? Doubtless you’re more sensible than that. After all, who’s going to deliver it? There isn’t enough postage in the world to cover the physics. Well, it’s raining and I have nothing better to do than write undeliverable ...

Library notes: Library programs to address opiate addiction

Approximately 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017, according to The New York Times. That’s roughly the equivalent of every individual in Seneca County and most of Wyandot County — gone. The statistic is startling, but we cannot afford to forget that we are talking about ...

Act would take gag off pharmacists

This week, two bills to help Ohioans save money on their prescriptions are headed to the president’s desk to become law. Many Ohioans don’t realize that in some cases, they could pay less for their prescription if they paid out-of-pocket, rather than using their insurance at the pharmacy ...

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The crime of mental illness

It’s difficult to turn on the TV without seeing ads against issue 1. Police and prosecutors making scary faces telling us we are not safe if we vote to stop locking up nonviolent drug offenders. To put this in perspective, we need realize that the U.S.A. already has more people behind bars ...

Dangerous Cities

With all the crime we see on TV, news, I was wondering just what are the most dangerous cities in the country. So I decided to do some research to see if my suspicions were correct that they were on the two coasts where the largest cities are located. Instead I found some surprises. The ...

Letter: Get Involved with wind turbines

As residents of Eden Township, we oppose the two proposed wind turbine projects for Seneca County. We are not opposed to renewable energy but we are opposed to an INDUSTRIAL wind project being placed in the RESIDENTIAL area in which we live. Concerned citizens, like ourselves are not motivated ...

Film opened her eyes

I had my eyes opened about money in politics when I went to the showing of “Dark Money” at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library with my sister from Tiffin. This film, co-sponsored by American Promise and Seneca County Rising, presented a well-documented, bipartisan look at unlimited and hidden ...