Editorials

It’s time to gather signs from campaign

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting dozens of political candidates have been demonstrations of the vigor of our system of government. Now, they are just clutter. Some candidates and their supporters started the process of picking up their signs Tuesday evening. It is pleasing to ...

Look at voting as defending yourself

No doubt you will be going to the polls today if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems in Ohio. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you will be voting, ...

Vote ‘no’ Tuesday on Issue 1

In many ways, the most important decision Ohioans will make in the election Tuesday has nothing to do with candidates for public office. It will be whether to declare defeat in the war against substance abuse. A proposed amendment to the state constitution, Issue 1, is on the ballot. Its ...

Take care to avoid catching, spreading cold, flu

It’s that time of year again — cold, flu, seasonal allergies ... the “crud.” It seems as though there is constantly something going around, whether at school, work, church or even within families. As always during this season, there are a few things a person can do to reduce the chances ...

Employ caution, common sense this Halloween

It’s “trick or treat” time, with communities throughout our area setting times and dates this week for costumed children to go door-to-door asking for treats. Excited youngsters running to and fro, often ignoring basic safety rules about crossing streets and highways, make Halloween a ...

Urgent approach on drugs is proper

Often, the prudent way for a state to spend federal grant money is to disburse it sparingly, for two reasons. First, ensuring the money is being spent effectively is important. Second, not running out of funds before the grant period ends is a consideration. Ohio officials deserve praise ...

Dozens of others missing or killed

Thoughtful Americans ought to be concerned about the killing of a journalist who wrote columns about Saudi Arabia for the Washington Post. But what about the other 44 journalists who have met violent deaths this year? What about the 48 who perished in 2017? Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian ...

Ohio bureau uncovered $60 million in fraud

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 health ...

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 ...

Collect samples of DNA of criminals

More than a few “cold case” crimes, some years old, have been solved by using DNA samples. Those taken from crime victims or scenes sometimes can be matched to DNA taken from previously arrested offenders. That works only if information about previous offenders’ DNA is on file, ...

Protect elderly residents of Ohio

The need for everyone to look out for children became apparent many years ago in Ohio. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. Fortunately, that is changing. The ...

October is flu shot month

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

When will potential solutions become solutions?

Though awareness and changes in the law have resulted in a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the primary factor in our current substance abuse crisis, they remain a concern. “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications ...

We need to return to civility

As U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley pointed out Thursday morning, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford have one thing in common: Both are victims of the viciousness that has taken over our public discourse. Grassley, R-Iowa, was opening a ...

Right mix of tactics to fight drug use needed

Last year, drug overdoses claimed 4,854 lives in the Buckeye State, according to an analysis of coroners’ reports by the Columbus Dispatch. That is an increase of about 20 percent compared to 2016. Substance abuse is growing worse. It also is changing, as is the case in other states, ...

Congress might let funding for parks, recreation expire

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Effective strategy neeed for addiction

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...