Editorials

Can any method of execution really be humane?

A killer is to be executed today in Ohio. Robert Van Hook, condemned for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985, was moved Tuesday to the death house in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. It would be the state’s first execution since last ...

Japanese gracious in defeat

Some of the best stories in sports happen off the playing fields and courts. Consider the aftermath of a World Cup soccer match in Russia last week. Japan’s team had been leading Belgium, 2-0, during much of the game. Then, in the closing minutes, Belgium came back to win, 3-2. It was a ...

Claims at OSU are disturbing

Ohio State University’s investigation of a sports doctor alleged to have sexually abused athletes at several institutions of higher learning has turned over a commendable number of stones. What has come creeping out from under some of them is disturbing. Scores of people, including former ...

Miracles at home, abroad

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers were in the process of pulling off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a ...

Make room for roadside dangers

Move over or go slower. OK, that lacks the catchiness of “drive sober or get pulled over,” but the rhyming structure is similar. And, like seat belt use, Ohio law requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching a vehicle with flashing lights parked along the roadway. ...

Sign up for local wireless alert service

Forewarned is forearmed, as the saying goes. Now, Seneca County offers people who have cellphones and email addresses to receive emergency alerts and weather warnings via text, email or voice. The service, provided by Seneca County, Tiffin and Fostoria, uses a wireless emergency notification ...

Does red tape keep funding from its purpose?

When a child’s emotional and behavioral challenges become so great that there is genuine fear he may harm himself or someone else, the solution too often is removing him from his home. Institutionalization or a series of foster families await many such youngsters. That need not occur in ...

Get rid of ICE — and other agencies

President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents detained at the border increased calls among activists and lawmakers to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. That policy has been revoked, although the impact of it still is being undone. ...

Let’s do better at reducing smoking

We have known for decades that smoking can cause cancer, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses. Yet many Americans still have not kicked the habit. Here in Ohio, the concern is particularly worrisome, and it’s getting worse, not better. Last year, 22.5 percent of adults in Ohio ...

Newest citizens attest to nature of America

The Declaration of Independence — the adoption of which we celebrate this week — the Articles of Confederation and, later, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are just some of reasons this an exceptional nation. There are those who would disagree. Yet we can think of nearly 7.5 ...

Judge should release data on opioids

West Virginia is ground zero for the drug abuse epidemic, with an overdose death rate far beyond any other state. No. 3 in the nation is Ohio, however (New Hampshire is second), and Buckeye State residents deserve to know how the situation got so dire. A recent study restricted to deaths from ...

Congress should get busy in August

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has ...

Seneca, Clinton, H-L join website

We tip our cap to Seneca County, Hopewell-Loudon Schools and Clinton Township for joining 1,300 other governmental entities on the Ohio Treasurer’s Online Checkbook. The website allows residents to see how these entities spend taxpayer money. Seneca East, Republic, Carey, Fostoria, Tiffin, ...

OSU gets it right with its response

Give Ohio State University officials credit for handling a sex abuse scandal the way it ought to be done — openly, with apparent concern for victims, and an intensive effort to get the whole truth. One wonders why that approach does not seem to appeal to everyone. A few months ago, it ...

Details can be crucial

A Seneca County commissioner said he would like the county’s contract with Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. to be more precise. A new contract could spell out in more detail what the development group would do for county residents. Commissioner Shayne Thomas also indicated ...

Look into abuse of charitable foundations

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

Recycling reduction requires review

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

Eyeing cable TV alternatives

This week, I stopped by the downtown Tiffin AT&T/Spectrum office to shift to a minimal channel package my spouse had discussed with the service manager roughly six weeks ago. She was told she could not make the service change because the service was in my name. But today, all had changed. ...

Politics does not govern giving

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Act helps kids fight cancer

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children whose ...