Editorials

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 ...

Release figures on sales of opioids

Other than the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, we fail to see what critical trade secrets need to be protected by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities. Yet a federal judge is ordering ...

Higher education takes new meaning

The times, they are a-changin’ in the Buckeye State. Now, it is possible to go to college and major in dope. Really. Hocking College, in Nelsonville, plans to offer new courses in marijuana. The goal is to offer an associated of applied science in laboratory sciences with a major in ...

School resource officer a good idea

We tip our cap this week to efforts to secure a school resource officer for Columbian High School. While an agreement to have a Tiffin Police officer on duty in the school still is being considered by Tiffin City Council, members of the Tiffin City Board of Education approved it earlier this ...

State can help fight drugs at local level

It is unlikely county officials will get from Columbus what they asked for this week. The general increase in funding to local governments being sought, more than $350 million a year, would dent the state budget to an extent legislators probably would not allow. But one specific plea by the ...

Time to spell out right and wrong behavior

As another case of sexual abuse hits the news, this time involving two former teenage divers and their coach, it’s obvious more must be done to educate young athletes — and the coaches, trainers and doctors they encounter. The two divers are suing the coach, Will Bohonyi, as well as Ohio ...

Focus on protecting consumers instead of producers

Surely, the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation that ...

Probe crimes of past at OSU

Ohio State University’s energy and openness in investigating allegations of sexual misbehavior by a long-dead physician for some athletic teams has been commendable. It turns out that may have been a sea change, compared to the attitude when the doctor was alive and working at OSU. Dr. ...

Can any method of execution really be humane?

A killer is to be executed today in Ohio. Robert Van Hook, condemned for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985, was moved Tuesday to the death house in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. It would be the state’s first execution since last ...