Editorials

Dismissal correct, but came too late

Fox News made the right decision in giving Bill O’Reilly the boot. However, the timing was all wrong. It’s not just a matter of the action being overdue. The timetable shows it was done for the wrong reason. The move came after more than 50 advertisers dropped “The O'Reilly Factor” ...

Buckle up and improve your odds

Tragedy struck on a Seneca County roadway Monday afternoon. Three cars and three drivers were involved. Sadly, despite the efforts of paramedics, a Life Flight crew and trauma center staff, one person died. One car was sideswiped, went off the side of the road and rolled over. Its driver wore ...

Nat’l Tax Freedom Day still days away

Tax Day — normally the 15th day of April — was extended until today due to the calendar and a holiday. Tax Freedom Day, however, is another story. That’s the day when, in theory, the nation as a whole has earned enough income to pay its collective taxes. The Tax Foundation adds up all ...

Reducing veteran suicides should be priority

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Sentinel, Vanguard students excel at SkillsUSA

We tip our cap this week to students, educators and advisers at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers, after 35 students collected gold medals at the SkillsUSA state-level competition this week in Columbus. Of the gold medals recipients, who will be moving on to the national ...

Stop the growth in federal workers

Wednesday, President Donald Trump lifted the government hiring freeze he ordered when he took office. A more targeted “drain the swamp” plan will be implemented, the White House reported. Big government has continued to get bigger for some time, despite presidents’ pledges to hold the ...

Proposal to make more generics available

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

Avoid a chance war over Mideast

Russia’s saber rattling in reaction to a U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase was to be expected. For the most part, it was nothing about which to be concerned. But one of Moscow’s actions is exceedingly worrisome. After the U.S. attack, Russian officials said they were severing ...

Bureau addresses opioid addiction

The first rule of holes states if you find yourself in one, stop digging. Ohio is among states attempting to avert opioid addiction by reducing the painkillers prescribed to workers hurt on the job. New rules issued by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation state reimbursement for opioid ...

Ease off budgetary burdens

Certain expensive government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, often are referred to as “entitlements.” That is because many Americans view them as virtual rights. Unfortunately, the list of entitlements has grown beyond what taxpayers can sustain. This month, we learned ...

Legacy of World War I endures

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting 100 years ago. It was April 6, 1917, that the United States declared war on Germany. Our entry into ...

Fear is expected; change is inevitable

Gov. John Kasich delivered a sales pitch during his State of the State address in Sandusky Tuesday night. He wants Ohioans to embrace change, especially the technological variety. Resistance, however, isn’t just due to the “age-old fear of change,” as Kasich stated. Reluctance also ...

Nation should take care of parks

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Work on smaller successes on health care issue

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just about ...

Memorial was long overdue

The Vietnam Memorial Monument dedicated this week at Frost Parkway and Adams Street was a long time coming. We aren’t refering to the six months that have passed since the Patriot Day Salute Sept. 11 raised more than $40,000 for the memorial. Putting that event together took considerable ...

Insist our aid goes to those in need

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

Target the source of extremism

Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old British man who killed four people in a rampage last week in London, was not associated with al-Qaida, ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist group, British authorities say. But, they added, it is possible Masood was influenced by Muslim extremism. Whether that was ...

Judge’s outlook on law is appealing

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...

Crafting a better health care bill takes time

Since the withdrawal of a proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, much of the national news media’s emphasis has been on the president and not the policy. Commentary and news reports — but we’re being redundant here — has focused on President Donald Trump’s failure to see ...

Proposal in budget cause for concern

Not content to make the state’s tax climate more attractive to businesses, Gov. John Kasich wants to make municipal tax systems in Ohio less cumbersome. Cities are wary of this, and should be — but not for the more obvious reason. Kasich’s budget proposal calls for the state to take ...