Editorials

Enforce existing laws on firearms

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

OEPA can send message

Many Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets. Without that infrastructure, the gas has only limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas are not worth the ...

Plenty of reasons to cast a ballot today

The general election this year is referred to as an off-year election. That’s a shorthand way of saying we are not electing a president (that was last year) or a member of Congress (that’s next year). That’s not a backhand way of saying this election is not important. In fact, ...

Spending apart from municipal services

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. But transparent foolishness simply is not tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. Take what happened Monday during a Columbus City Council ...

Stop the radicals, stop the lone wolf

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Another new use eyed for former library

A reader recently criticized two members of the Seneca County Board of Commissioners for acting to see the historic Carnegie library at Jefferson and Market streets is razed. The reader compared them to previous board members who had voted to demolish the 1884 courthouse. That would be a ...

Charges against Manafort, Gates are troubling

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Manafort was a top aide to Trump during part of the election campaign. But he was fired last August, quite possibly ...

Contract matter must be examined

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...

Russian money may have bought influence

One hundred forty-five million dollars will buy an awful lot of gratitude. The question in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s case is whether she showed her appreciation in unacceptable ways. Even before she lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton demanded an investigation ...

Trustees at U of C uphold freedom of speech

The University of Cincinnati board of trustees made a gutsy decision Tuesday. While condemning hate, they were resolute in reaffirming a decision to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus sometime early next year. The trustees expressed a belief in upholding the First ...

Keep kids, yourself safe this Halloween

This is the message usually stressed during another month-end holiday: New Year’s Eve. But this advice, from Seneca County Safe Communities Coordinator Kaitlyn Boehler, refers to Halloween. Trick-or-treating children aren’t the only ones who celebrate the occasion. This year, some 58 ...

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 ...