BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Editorials

Will this sad story have a happy ending?

“Man bites dog.” That’s a phrase journalists sometimes used to explain an aphorism in journalism that means something unexpected is more newsworthy than an atypical event — such as a dog biting a man. The story late last week of a 5-year-old boy saving his parents fits that ...

Campaign exceeds United Way goal

The annual Tiffin-Seneca United Way Donor and Volunteer Recognition Dinner Thursday at National Machinery rightfully honored the organizations, businesses and people who helped the fundraising campaign exceed its goal. The effort raised $486,000 this time, $2,000 more than the original target. ...

Network, computer attacks highlight dilemma

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

Crossing decision should have little impact

With some reluctancy, Tiffin City Council members voted Monday night to closed two railroad crossings in the city. While the closures likely would inconvenience some residents, the move makes sense. Financially, the decision could mean the difference of more than $1 million, if city leaders ...

Kim opts to launch a harsher course

President Donald Trump seems to be trying a carrot-and-stick approach to North Korea’s militancy. He has threatened harsh action against Kim Jong Un’s regime. But Trump held out an olive branch, too. He has broken with most of his predecessors in flattering Kim and saying he would be ...

Congress exempts itself from disclosure

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

People, items needed to fight hunger

Postal customers received an unusual parcel in the mail this week: an empty brown paper grocery bag. It’s part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, now in its 25th year. Letter carriers hope people on their routes fill the sacks with items Saturday morning to help local food pantries — ...

Warmer, wetter weather may keep cycling

Never mind May flowers. April showers this spring brought something else: drought relief. Last month was the second wettest April measured in the United States since record keeping began in 1895. Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said an average of 3.43 inches of ...

Handle deadly drug pushers severely

No one beats the chemists who concoct illegal drugs in introducing “new and improved” products to the marketplace. Their greatest accomplishment during recent years appears to have been manufacturing ever-more deadly drugs. A new one, “gray death,” is being seen in some states. It ...

Continue education, treatment

Black Death is the appropriately terrifying name for the 14th century pandemic that killed 75-200 million people in Europe and Asia. There’s a new scourge — opioid addiction — killing an average of 10 Ohioans daily, and the latest form is something investigators are calling “gray ...

Don’t spring a repeal, replace surprise

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When Obamacare was about to ...

Be sure to cast a ballot

Today is primary election day in Ohio. There is countywide balloting in Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties. In Sandusky County, a new levy for criminal justice services is on the ballot. In Wyandot County, Republican voters can cast a ballot for municipal court judge. Voters in ...

Proceed carefully on Ohio medical pot rules

If you are interested in growing marijuana legally in Ohio, now is the time to apply for permission. Rules for cultivators under the state’s medicinal marijuana law have been released. Opinions on the regulations are mixed. Some advocates of medicinal marijuana say the permissible number of ...

Acting politically, impacting locally

For the past few years, The Advertiser-Tribune has provided readers with an in-depth series highlighting a topic that affects our community. Two years ago, we chronicled the county through 15 years to highlight the economic achievements and last year we analyzed the scourge of heroin over ...

Lifetime driving ban fine; treatment is better

A Bloomville man had his driver license suspended for life by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley after being convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol — for the 14th time. Charles E. Howell, 61, also must get counseling, and rehabilitation ...

Review legal pot nationally

In West Virginia and Ohio, it’s official: Breaking the law is not against the law — at least when marijuana is involved. Both states have legislation making use of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, legal for health care purposes. West Virginia’s measure was just signed into law ...

Cut state spending; help state economy to grow

Numbers on a national or even statewide basis can be difficult to fathom for individuals used to dealing with figures on a personal level. Figures with nine or 12 digits are tough to grasp. This is particularly true when those numbers are preceded by dollar signs. Thus, when Gov. John Kasich ...

Protect retired miners’ insurance

In less than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families could lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an obligation. Estimates of the number of people affected ...

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 ...