Editorials

Common sense can battle obesity

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks already may be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Collect all child support payments

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Did they really research the risks?

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to hear ...

Counties should get share of bounty

One reason many Americans are upset with how federal lands are administered in Washington is that when there is money to be made from them, little or none of it goes to local communities. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is aimed at changing that. Johnson has introduced ...

Districts should be drawn fairly

The first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice of setting legislative district ...

Offenses are not limited to one party

Everyone should be appalled by the behavior attributed to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein by a growing list of actresses. And while the issue could become one about degrading morality, it should not be a political football. Some conservatives seem to enjoy berating Weinstein while noting ...

Holiday also can mark our progress

Another Columbus Day has come and gone, accompanied by more calls to replace it with an Indigenous Peoples Day and, while we’re at it, remove those statues and memorials to the famed — or infamous — Italian explorer. To be sure, Native Americans have legitimate reason to object to the ...

Time to be serious about tax reform

A major tax reform proposal has been unveiled by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. No tax bill is simple, of course. But what the foundation of what the White House and GOP lawmakers have outlined makes sense. It is simply to give middle-class Americans a break and ...

Extension of CHIP should be sole focus of bill

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Don’t use lawsuits to shield public records

Government officials and employees are notorious for trying to keep documents secret from the public. That is why, in Ohio, we have open records laws requiring release of such information, except in certain circumstances, such as ongoing criminal investigations. Reportedly, officials in some ...

Learn the facts, then decide on actions

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s newspaper tells the story: At least 58 people ...

Allow the release of Kennedy papers

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Protesters shouldn’t infringe on rights of others

Freedom of speech, guaranteed to Americans, is one thing. Using it as an excuse to trample other rights — or even, as is seen with upsetting frequency, to strangle the free speech rights of those with whom one disagrees — is quite another. Ohio University officials deserve praise for ...

It’s time to try a different approach

A peculiar thing happens on the way to tax reform. Whenever a tax cut — or even a change in how taxes are figured — are proposed, the same questions is asked. How are we going to pay for that? The query usually is posed by a news service, national newspaper or TV news channel. And ...

Devote military resources to help PR, USVI

It is a rare occasion, but we agree with House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. This wek, Pelosi called for deployment of more military resources to aid the hurricane-ravaged islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pelosi, D-California, issued the statement Monday, ...

Distracted driving should be a primary offense

Ohio House of Representatives members had the right idea in approving a bill that targets distracted driving. They did not go far enough, however. A measure approved by the House in a 71-10 vote would allow police to issue tickets to motorists who use electronic devices such as cellphones ...

Venezuela deserves attention from UN

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations last week did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. ...

Change in law would let wind turbines sprout

Just as one domestic energy option finishes being buried beneath Seneca and surrounding counties, pursuit of another energy source above ground might resume. The ET Rover pipeline project, which could be completed this fall, is to transfer 3.25 billion cubic feet of domestically produced ...

Join the Days of Caring starting today

Tiffin-Seneca United Way is to host the annual Day of Caring Saturday at Seneca County Opportunity Center, 780 E. CR 20. But the effort deserves a modified name this year. Perhaps we should think of it as the Days of Caring. It’s appropriate the event begins at the Opportunity Center, ...

Prepare now for a natural disaster

The Florida woman in the televised interview sounded dumbfounded. She knew she had to clean up after Hurricane Irma ravaged her property. She just didn’t know where to begin. That’s a good question to contemplate now, even while the weather is calm in Ohio. Nine years ago this month, the ...