Editorials

Patients need to exercise patience

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They still are waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...

Disasters happen; learn to be ready

It’s no coincidence that National Preparedness Month, established in 2004, is observed in September. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 — the anniversary was Tuesday — compelled the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to sponsor the annual effort. That it ...

Economy growing, thanks to workers

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Economy growing, thanks to workers

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Never allow body armor to expire

For months before their union in May filed a formal grievance over the issue, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents had complained about body armor older than the manufacturer’s expiration date. One BCI supervisor declared in an email that, “I will not allow my folks to go through a ...

Gather better data on internet service

Expanding high-speed internet access to rural areas is critical in Ohio. Too many Ohioans lack what has become a virtual necessity. One obstacle to that is knowing precisely what areas already have broadband service. The system relied on by the Federal Communications Commission uses census ...

McCain leaves words to live by

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a U.S. senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we are. McCain, who ...

Issue 1 is risky approach on drugs

Ohioans going to the polls Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to pass judgment on an idea suggested for many years — virtual decriminalization of most illegal drug offenses. If approved, Issue 1 would reduce sentences drastically for purchase, possession or use of illicit drugs, including ...

Find who tried the hacking, then act

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation last week that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

A secure investment

Fall semester began Wednesday for Heidelberg University students, and classes begin Monday for students at Tiffin University. The annual Around the Town event, which shows these students the services, restaurants, businesses and entertainment their new community offers, is set for 10:30 ...

Measles making a comeback

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Meetings, hearing nearby on wind projects

The company behind one of two wind projects planned for Seneca County is to host a trio of informational sessions about the proposed development in Attica beginning today. The entity behind the wind project, sPower, plans to have representatives there to give a presentation and answer ...

Students, buses are returning this week

Classes at area schools are scheduled to begin this week. That means school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their buildings. It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an extra measure of caution while ...

Liability could be personal

Allegations such as those claiming some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for ...

Synergy, momentum building downtown

If the riverfront development announced Thursday comes to fruition, Tiffin will realize another key part of downtown revitalization, and add housing options to complement that added earlier this year in the west side commercial district. The Tiffin River Front Project revealed this week is to ...

We are not the enemy

Early in his term, President Donald Trump amped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them as the “enemy of the people.” A year and a half later, “fake news” has become a catch-all term used by many to dismiss news reports a person does not ...

Focus attention on space defense

President Donald Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, ...

Federal spending still on increase

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

More focus, not layers, for space defense

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

Swamp creatures wasting money

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...