Editorials

Preserve freedom, designate a driver

The Independence Day holiday coming up could be a long weekend for some fortunate workers. With July 4 arriving next Tuesday, folks getting Monday off as well as the Fourth of July can celebrate their freedom over a four-day weekend. Ironically, though, the holiday could end up costing some ...

Two plans help area residents stay cool

Temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s are giving area residents enough reason to sweat this summer. Worrying about how to pay electric bills shouldn’t be another. Fortunately, two programs are availble to assist low-income residents. One is the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus ...

Test your skill at reducing the deficit

In slightly more than a week, a new state budget should be in place. Meanwhile, though, the process of planning federal spending will be in full swing. Yet, even barring tweets and terrorism, that effort likely won’t get much attention. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget wants ...

Those who serve often at risk

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the U.S. ...

Trump move on Cuba right one

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For decades, ...

Officials disrespect the public

Public officials often thumb their noses at open meetings and records laws. Occasionally, someone blows the whistle on them. What happens? Usually a slap on the wrist and a suggestion the officials familiarize themselves with requirements for open meetings and records. The presumption is no ...

Welcome, bicyclists

Hats off to Columbus Outdoor Pursuits for trusting Tiffin to host riders in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure during a layover day for the 2017 tour. We can expect to have 1,500 bicyclists visit Tiffin from about noon Sunday until Tuesday morning. We tip a cap to local museums and galleries, ...

Energy sources have role in safety

That natural gas pipeline you notice on the way to work every morning could be a factor in protecting you against terrorists as well as making your life more comfortable. How? Several Arab nations are pressuring one of their own, Qatar, to end its support of Islamic terrorism. Some other ...

Justice center built for the future

The 1884 courthouse is gone. We can’t bring it back. A new structure is rising in its place, but it will take more than time for it ever to be referred to as “historic.” We can’t turn back the clock and take better care of the old courthouse. We can look ahead to the ...

Veterans deserve upgrades by VA

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Thanks for being so open

It can be daunting to host a group of family members and friends, what with the cleaning and general straightening up. Imagine adding strangers to the mix. That, essentially, is what the locations face during the Behind the Facade walking tour 1-4 p.m. Sunday. So we tip a cap to Masonic ...

Elections would be more fair

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...

Battle won, but war on opioids continues

Buckeye State residents should, perhaps, take some pride in knowing the American Medical Association calls Ohio the top state in the country, in terms of monitoring prescription drugs. The Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, established in 2006, has processed more than ...

The real budget trouble is DC

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

Beware of call spoofing

Perhaps this has happened to you: You are behind the wheel of an automobile when your phone rings. But, as a conscientious driver, you don’t answer it until you can pull into a parking lot or you reach your destination. The missed-calls list shows what looks like a local number — it begins ...

Safeguard Medicare card, too

Gradually, the federal government will help Medicare beneficiaries follow its own advice. While the Social Security Administration warns people to safeguard their Social Security numbers, Medicare cards have that number right on the front — and instructs recipients to “(c)arry your card ...

Protect critical secrets

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. Americans ...

Just cut unneeded spending

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Members of Congress already are on record with their criticisms. Some of ...

Training can avert kayaking disasters

Two eerily similar incidents claimed the lives of at least three kayakers within days of each other. Monday, two kayakers encountered trouble soon after launching near a low-head dam Monday on the Scioto River in Marion County. The body of one man, Tyler Webb, 29, Marion, was recovered that ...

Remind Turkey to follow our rules

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. One of them is ...