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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 ...

Smaller banks might get a break

Apparently, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key points ...

Would a shadow gov’t be any more capable?

The jolting claims circulation online and through social media are as ubiquitous as click bait animation, and just as announcing. One of the most recent blared “Obama quietly joins George Soros to form new ‘shadow government’ to stop Trump.” It cites more references to Organizing for ...

Not all rules are necessary

Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...

‘Stepping Up’ can help all

Seneca County is participating in an effort to help keep inmates suffering from a mental illness out of prison. A successful effort not only would help individuals with mental illness, but benefit all county residents in multiple ways. The Stepping Up Initiative was designed by the Council of ...

Dear Mr. President: US is exceptional

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Don’t blame Trump for delays

A major natural gas pipeline serving our region will be built as a result of a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The $4.3 billion Rover Pipeline should ease the problem of gas “locked in” to West Virginia and eastern  Ohio because there is no way to ship it. But ...

There’s work to do by April 18

Would you like to supply eight hours of work and $110? No, that’s not getting paid $13.75 an hour. According to the Internal Revenue Service’s form 1040 instructions, the average individual tax filer can expect to spend eight hours and $110 preparing and filling out a return. That ...

Pipeline safety should be the goal

Many Americans are uncomfortably, personally aware of the need for pipelines, especially those carrying natural gas, to be constructed and maintained safely. New guidelines issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are aimed at improving safety and preventing ...

Grant to help with training

A tip of the cap to Tiffin Fire Rescue Division and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for making fire extinguisher training easier and more accessible. A foundation grant funded the purchase of a fire extinguisher training system for the division. Previously, fire extinguisher ...

Plan B needed for board relocation

Last May, Seneca County commissioners hired an architectural and engineering firm to design renovations at the County Services Building that would allow Seneca County Board of Elections to move into the space occupied at the time by Hoperoy’s Hallmark Shoppe. Programming fees were capped ...

A new approach to filling vacancies

Earlier this month, Ohio became the first state to ban the use of plywood to board up vacant properties. Proponents say using clear polycarbonate panels instead would help prevent vandalism, look better and deter squatters. Of course, a man who lobbied for the ban owns a company that ...

Kasich’s budget an attempt at balance

The budget proposal unveiled by Gov. John Kasich Monday is a balancing act. Yes, that is required, because the state must have a balanced budget. That’s an equilibrium the governor attempts to seek with a combination of tax increases — and expansions — and cuts in spending. But ...

Ponder the signs of a civil society

It’s a sarcastic question borne of a federal judge’s ruling that Ohio’s lethal injection process is illegal coming just before the anti-abortion demonstration set for today in our nation’s capital: Why not use abortifacients to execute condemned inmates? The question is rendered ...

Online assesment available to citizens, governor

Transparency in local government is one thing. Foresight is another. Two years ago, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel rolled out Ohio Checkbook, an online financial database that allows citizens to examine the spending by thousands of state, county and local entities. Wednesday, Ohio Auditor ...

Lock the car, take the keys

A 10-year-old boy drove a family member’s car to Fostoria Sunday morning, A police officer noted erratic driving and a pursuit ensued at speeds topping 70 mph. It’s fortunate a serious accident did not occur and no one was hurt. But the incident does highlight a potential ...

You can help fight modern slavery

Mention truck drivers and state troopers, and most people think of an adversarial relationship. That’s not entirely true. Especially this week. Through Friday, troopers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan are partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness of domestic sex ...

Hats Off

Seniors’ example passed on A tip of the swim cap to Anna Fletcher, a junior on Columbian High School’s swim team, for taking initiative when a home meet was canceled last weekend — and the senior recognition scheduled to coincide. Instead, teammates engaged in an intra-squad ...

Trump’s election already has an impact

An effort to reduce deaths and injuries from automobiles logically would involve automakers, automotive engineers and input from drivers. Likewise, an attempt to reduce deaths and injuries from power equipment would include manufacturers, mechanics, contractors and others who use the ...