Editorials

Ambush cause for reviewing security

Visitors to the new Seneca County Justice Center will have to pass through a secure entrance with metal detectors. The elevators and stairwells that take them to courtrooms on the upper floors will be separate from those that court personnel, law officers and defendants will use. It still ...

Watch for students on foot or on buses

As most area students head back to school this week, we remind motorists to watch for school buses — and more pedestrians and traffic — while driving. You probably know not to pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing. And flashing yellow lights indicate the bus is slowing and ...

Don’t withhold funds for fighting crime

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has threatened to withhold ...

End, not postpone, threats by Kim

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that North ...

Violence easy to predict, not avoid

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

We need help with opioids

Since 2000, more than half a million Americans have died of drug overdoses, most of them succumbing to opioids in one form or another, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, overdoses kill 142 people each day in our country. By definition, we don’t seem to ...

Increase Postal Service’s flexibility

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Hats Off: Island Party to raise funds for hospice

We tip our cap this week to the organizers of today’s Rock for Life, set for 7 p.m.-midnight at a new location — Pioneer Mill of Tiffin. The restaurant at 255 Riverside Drive features an island accessible by bridge, so the third annual fundraiser for Community Hospice Care will be an Island ...

Rethink flood insurance

Authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program expires Sept. 30. Between now and then, lawmakers either will have to renew the existing system or devise something better. That may not seem difficult. The program is deeply flawed. But members of Congress have known that for years and, ...

Rethink how fair rides are inspected

Apparently undetected by anyone, rust had been eating away at the inside of a steel support beam on the Fire Ball ride erected at the Ohio State Fair last month. By July 26, the rust had done its deadly work. A young man was killed and seven other people were hurt when the Fire Ball flew ...

Proposal to develop Eells park promising

The possibility exists that the quarry at H.P. Eells Park near Bettsville could reopen for swimming again — but as part of a private campground, and not a public park. Nate Mullins of Tiffin has approached village officials in Bettsville with a proposal to develop camp sites at the park. ...

Pursue sanctions against Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is well aware of the powerlessness of leaders in this country and others upset about his ongoing repression of his own people. Despite enormous oil reserves, Venezuela’s economy is a shambles and Maduro’s regime is in the process of making liberty no more ...

Try new approach to health care bill

The realities of politics and human behavior being what they are, it is time for U.S. senators — and President Donald Trump — to take a break from attempts to reform health insurance. Emotions are running far too high to expect that holding lawmakers’ noses to the grindstone would result ...

Danger should not be part of the thrill

Amusement park rides are meant to be thrilling; that’s why so many allow riders to experience high gravitational forces due to quick acceleration and changes in direction, even brief weightlessness. But they are not intended to enhance that thrill with the possibility of personal ...

Pursue genetic research in ethical manner

Little Charlie Gard has passed away. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where he died Friday. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was born? Within a few years, it may be possible to save children ...

Review of fair rides a necessity

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when a ...

Other countries must step up against Maduro actions

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

Tweak of asset forfeiture needed

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants went ...

Leveling the field for crime victims

It seems criminals get more breaks than their victims from “the system.” That could change, at least to some extent, in Ohio. On the ballot in the Buckeye State this fall will be an initiative referred to as Marsy’s Law for Ohio. The name comes from Marsy Nicholas, a California woman ...

Lessons from woman’s death

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...