Editorials

Personal issue has political, economic impact

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that ...

Notice the real heroes among us

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord is to be dedicated as a site on ...

Why rush redrafting districts?

What’s the rush? That is the question U.S. Supreme Court justices ought to be asking judges on a federal court in Ohio. Ohio’s congressional district boundaries must be redrawn, the three-judge panel has ordered. Its members contend the current districts represent unconstitutional ...

Deadline to redraw districts invites mistakes

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

Give new polling machines to proper test today

Ordinarily, Election Day is when we urge voters to cast their ballots. And we do so again today. Today’s primary election brings two key differences, however. For one, there are no statewide or countywide issues — or even citywide elections in Tiffin and Fostoria. In all, voters in 13 ...

Remember the name of Riley Howell

There is a desire, shared by many in the news media, that the identities of those who seek notoriety through acts of infamy quickly will fade from memory. There is, however, a name associated with an attack Tuesday at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte that deserves to be ...

Grant can help protect officers

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Don’t neglect larger employers

Ohio state Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, is excited about the record number of new businesses being established in the Buckeye State — more than 13,700 new filings in March alone. That is part of a long trend of increases in new business filings, for which Obhof hopes to give ...

Agencies reacted properly to report about teen

A friend of Sol Pais, the 18-year-old Floridian who set off a hunt for her because of concern she might intend to do harm to others, says law enforcement authorities overreacted. “She never threatened anyone. There are no credible threats and only assumptions that she was (a threat) just ...

Substance abuse issue is evolving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.2 of every 100,000 deaths in Ohio in 2017 were opioid-related overdoses. That rate is second only to West Virginia’s. To combat the problem, Ohio State University will lead a group of experts and six universities in spending a ...

So, what is going on in N Korea?

What was North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s game last Wednesday, in publicizing the fact his military had test-fired a new type of rocket? That is difficult to discern — but it is clear his intent was not to reassure anyone he is eager to dismantle his arsenal. One interesting aspect of ...

Is gun control a one-sided fight?

Is gun control a one-sided fight? Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on ...

The Mueller Report

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

Gov’t. secrets or info being kept from us?

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons, ...

DeWine’s budget proposals need cut

Ohio lawmakers have a tough job on their hands, as Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget proposals exceed mandatory spending growth limits and must be cut. Budget advisers are also expecting revenue collection to be lower than DeWine anticipated. There are a lot of good, necessary spending projects in ...

Can Notre Dame truly be restored

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

Issue an initial report on Strauss

It is easy to understand why Ohio State University officials have not yet released a report on their investigation of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, despite the fact it has been a year since his misdeeds came to light. Strauss, who had been a doctor working with some of OSU’s sports teams, ...

We need to know why FBI spied on Trump

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress this week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Cuba still has long way to go

Former President Barack Obama seemed to believe that treating Cuba’s totalitarian regime as if it were not an enemy of liberty would encourage the country’s leaders to live up to our chief executive’s hopes. That did not happen. News of a breakthrough in allowing Cubans at least some ...

Will Ohio motorists see lower plate fees?

Alone among states in the region, Ohio requires car and truck owners to purchase and display license plates on the rear and front of their vehicles — but not for long. A bill signed into law this week by Gov. Mike DeWine increases vehicle fuel taxes in Ohio. State taxes will go up to 38.5 ...