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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 ...

Believe your gift can have an impact

The age at which youngsters reach a certain logical conclusion regarding Santa Claus varies, of course. In 2011, a poll of adults by The Associated Press found 84 percent had believed in Santa, but the mean age at which they stopped thinking he was real was 8.8. An earlier AP poll ...

Trump should be wary of Putin

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Identify terrorists among us

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators last week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

Develop fair plan to redraw districts

Surely, Ohio legislators can do the same thing for the state’s congressional districts that they did for themselves in 2015 — find a more nonpartisan method of redistricting in reaction to population changes. Republican leaders in the General Assembly reportedly have little interest in ...

Let’s be helpful out there

Too often, encounters between police officers and citizens turns tragic. Monday brought news of two more such incidents. As of this writing, a search was under way in Florida for a man accused of fatally shooting an Orlando police officer Monday. Also that day, a Norfolk police officer was ...

Keep local support ongoing

A tip of the Santa hat to Heather Hunker, owner of Ma Chere Claire Boutique, and The Tiffin Community Foundation for raising funds to help county residents. Ma Chere Claire Boutique, located in Ye Crimpers salon at 191 Jefferson St., donated 10 percent of sales Dec. 23 to TCF. The board of ...

Energy project overdue

Something long overdue appears to be happening in Montana. There, a company has been granted a license to construct a $1 billion electric energy project that amounts to a gigantic battery. Absaroka Energy of Bozeman, Mont., plans to build a 400-megawatt pumped storage facility. If ...

Better, faster, cheaper signups?

Perhaps you’ve encountered this statement: “Faster, better, cheaper — pick two.” It’s sometimes referred to as the Designer’s Holy Triangle or The Iron Triangle (not the one in Fostoria), and it oftentimes applies. Simply put, it means you can design something quickly and ...

We need debt relief to go with tax cuts

Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Solving problems with data

Marketing companies and retailers know an enormous amount about you. It is no exaggeration to say if you are married, they may have more information than your spouse about what you like and dislike. That allows people who want to sell you something to target their offerings directly to ...

Research funds can be spent with more efficiency

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, received a Christmas present from Canada last week. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as ...

Need for yuletide giving persists

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Trump should deal with waste by military

Americans can have effective armed forces without having to choose between guns and butter. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of rampant, massive waste at the Pentagon can see that. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to improve the military’s effectiveness. Increasing the number ...

There’s a reason it’s called ‘terror’

Statisticians point out we Americans are more likely to die from falls in the bathtub or being struck by lightning than because of a terrorist attack. We shouldn’t worry so much about terrorism, we’re told. Roughly twice as many Americans have been killed by lightning as have perished ...

Probe hacking in fair manner

More than 40 years ago, we Americans kicked a president out of the White House for various offenses linked to a burglary at the opposition political party’s office. Republicans and Democrats united in outrage about that crime and others linked to it. So now we’re arguing about whether ...

The dam network should be a priority

One of the nation’s most important highways — the Ohio River — was bottlenecked on the Ohio/West Virginia border for a few days because of a disturbing failure by the federal government. Wednesday, workers at the New Cumberland Locks and Dam noticed a sheen on the water in the lock ...

Avoid a Social Security meltdown

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives a few days ago, by Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, probably will go nowhere. No one in Washington wants to touch the “third rail” of politics, after all. The title was bestowed years ago, by those convinced any tampering with the Social ...

Thanks to all of Santa’s helpers

Maybe you’ve dropped some change in the iconic red kettles outside local stores. Or put coins into other containers collecting funds to brighten the holidays for the less fortunate. Perhaps you bought hats, gloves, mittens or scarves to help keep others warm this winter. Or gathered ...

UN whiffs chance to pick real heroine

Wonder Woman no longer is the United Nations honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. U.N. officials announced this week the fictional superhero had been stripped of the title. Complaints that someone as skimpily clad and prone to violence as Wonder Woman was not ...