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Maybe it’s time to sell off Amtrak

Apparently, the loss of Ohio’s Amtrak passenger service as proposed by the Trump administration would be a hardship for residents who rely on it. Let’s consider that. A trip from Toledo to Cleveland via Amtrak leaving today and returning next Tuesday would cost $46. The train would depart ...

Aid comes from area fire depts., businesses

The fire Friday on East Market Street in Tiffin was terribly destructive. Yet it also revealed the close-knit nature of this community. Four fire departments worked together to battle the blaze. They personified just what the term “mutual aid” means. Meanwhile, businesses pitched in to ...

It’s easy to join the fight vs cancer

The 2017 Relay For Life of Tiffin has a new date, a new time and a new location. And that’s not all that’s new. First, the new location: Indoors. That’s correct, barring tornado warnings, the local Relay For Life — which raises funds for the American Cancer Society — no longer ...

Reduce red tape, delays at FDA

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Sunshine law helps freedom to thrive

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Heed the senators’ call for action

Every member of the U.S. Senate, all 100 of them, signed a letter to President Donald Trump, asking for more federal action to find those behind threats targeting nearly 100 Jewish synagogues, community centers and schools during recent weeks. One arrest has been made, but that suspect is ...

Take care in replacing Obamacare

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, earned fame for dismissing concerns about Obamacare in 2010 by advising “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it. ...” At the time, Pelosi was speaker of the House and passing the Affordable ...

Rooting out waste would extend budget

President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense ...

Supreme Court right in reversal

Ohio Supreme Court justices did something exceedingly unusual this week: They admitted they were wrong just a few months ago. Late last year, a case involving a man convicted of buying more than 100 grams of cocaine went before the court. It was important because prison sentences are ...

Mercy Tiffin among top rural hospitals

A recent ranking placed Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital among the top three rural and community hospitals in Ohio and among the top 100 nationwide. Mercy Tiffin is listed on the 2017 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the U.S., according to The National Rural Health Association’s ...

Continue checking records of voters

It isn’t the massive vote fraud President Donald Trump insists occurred in the presidential election last fall, but problems identified by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted are serious. Husted has had people in his office checking the state’s Registered Voter Database, as he has done ...

Naloxone rebate can save money — and lives

The state and a drug maker have agreed to extend a rebate for naloxone for another year. The price break should not just save money, but save lives as well. The agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. means non-federal public entities in Ohio will continue to get a $6 rebate for each ...

Avoid the mistakes made with other meds

Among contributors to the epidemic of opioid drug abuse was sale of prescription pain pills obtained legally. In some cases, people with no pain at all conned doctors into allowing them to buy the pills, which they sold at tidy profits. In other situations, people were given large supplies of ...

Failure to hear the sirens is a real problem

Perhaps you have heard that emergency alert sirens in Seneca County were activated by mistake early Wednesday morning. The warning system was activated when electrical storms rolled through the county after midnight. Protocol calls for sounding that alarm for a tornado warning, not a ...

March will be busy for pipeline workers

Ah, March. The month when spring begins, the earth and air warm, and color returns to the landscape. It’s a busy season for creatures with fur or feather, as migratory animals return and hibernating species awaken from their winter slumber. One such species, the northern long-eared bat, ...

Projects could aid industrial, commercial activities

A tip of the cap this week to the transportation committee that prioritized a list of potential road projects in Seneca County. The possibility of another road between US 224 and Market Street in Tiffin is getting the most attention, but don’t overlook the suggestion for improvements to CR ...

Action ‘nothing short of criminal’

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” Not only does government not build businesses, it also seems intent at times on destroying them. Howard Root, who owns a medical device company in Minnesota, wrote about ...

McMaster right pick as security adviser

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Be open about overdose fatalities

There’s much to like about Gov. John Kasich’s proposal concerning county-level study of overdose fatalities. The idea is to let a county form a committee to investigate each overdose death, and build a database that would include demographic information of victims, where the overdoses ...

Drop the two-call limitation

Ohio has two crucial components for combating overdoses of heroin or other opioids. At least one critical change is needed to make them more effective. One element is the availability of naloxone — sold under the brand name as Narcan — which can reverse the deadly effects of an opioid ...