Editorials

Data show people looking at moving to Tiffin

There was an rueful comment during the dark days of the 1980s, when major employers such as General Electric and Hayes-Albion were leaving Tiffin. It suggested changing the one-way streets downtown so they all lead out of town, to facilitate the outward migration of those losing jobs. What a ...

Warning highlights issues in Mideast

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning last week. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. Last Monday, Foreign Minister ...

Reform now in hands of Congress

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House Tuesday to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Don’t let politics distract from real reform

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased with the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she ...

Parking can be improved but not perfected

As city and county representatives work to improve parking in Tiffin’s downtown, it’s important for all involved — including the public — to keep in mind two things. First, there are two issues that need to be addressed in the county seat’s downtown. One involves parking for city ...

Tax cut shouldn’t decrease donations

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Railroads must act on safety systems

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

Justice Center ideal site for new approach

In a few months, Seneca County Justice Center will open. The $14 million-plus facility will house the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court and clerk of courts as well as the county’s common pleas courts, clerk of the courts and probation department. It will be only one of its kind in Ohio, and ...

Beware not to censor speech

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

Let’s hope defense audit is successful this time

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then ...

Updated rules are needed to safeguard taxpayers

The constantly advancing technology with which we live is an open invitation to waste and even corruption in government. Think of it this way: Many people have an idea of how much a police cruiser should cost and whether their town has paid too much for one. Likewise, most people have at ...

Thanks for filling the red kettles

A tip of Santa’s cap to everyone who volunteered to ring bells and staff kettles for The Salvation Army’s annual fundraiser. Thanks, also to all who have dropped coins or dollar bills into the kettles. As of Tuesday, however, the Red Kettle campaign was more than $5,000 behind the amount ...

Tax bill opts not to scrap deduction for loans

In compromising on a tax reform bill, members of Congress have bowed to a powerful lobby — higher education and the millions of Americans who borrow money to make us of it. In exchange for boosting the standard deduction on income taxes, lawmakers plan to eliminate or limit some itemized ...

Still time to act in spirit of season

Christmas is less than a week away. Except for a few odds and ends, most people likely have holiday preparations in place. It is different for the many churches and other organizations that help the needy during the holidays, with everything from toys for the children to food for families. ...

Ex-students responsible for loans, not taxpayers

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The car ...

O’Neill should quit now

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill wore out his welcome on the high court weeks ago. His seeming inability to understand why anyone might be upset with him makes it clear he is unfit for the office he is seeking now — governor. O’Neill announced Friday he is a candidate for the ...

If he did wrong, prosecute the man

What should happen to Stuart Davis, the chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services? Simple: If he did what the state inspector general alleges, he should be fired, then prosecuted. In his position, Davis makes many decisions on what technologies state ...

No ceremonial ship means action is needed

Uppermost in the minds of the fewer than two dozen men who were special guests in solemn ceremonies last Thursday in Hawaii probably were comrades in arms who are with us no longer. The men were among the few survivors of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor who were able to attend ceremonies on the ...

Deny the predators protection

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced Thursday he would resign. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem ...

Thanks for aiding residents in PR

We tip our cap this week to all those involved in sending Volunteers of America staff members to Puerto Rico over a four-week period to help citizens there recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Not only do we commend the staffers who took turns going to the U.S. territory, but those who ...