Editorials

Pay raise in bill begs veto

Ohioans upset about the swamp that is the federal government may want to clean up Columbus before moving on to Washington. There’s a stink at the Ohio Statehouse, too. Last week, both houses of the General Assembly approved a bill with the ostensible purpose of increasing death benefits for ...

Imagine America without red, blue states

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Remember to give this holiday season

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Meyer’s decision sends a message

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Yet, at only 54 years of age, he is retiring from his post at Ohio State University. Why? In revealing Meyer’s plan to retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl, OSU officials gave no reason. There has been ...

Out state needs a Cyber Reserve

Threats to our security come in many forms, but among the least understood are those that occur in cyberspace. From our personal computers and smartphones all the way up to the server banks keeping hospitals running and those holding the secrets of the federal government, hackers can be as ...

Bush was a kinder, gentler president

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Actual results may vary

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos in Ohio — predicted the four locations at the time would generate $1.9 billion in ...

Shopping locally just more sensible

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should ...

A smoke detector can save your life

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

Expand holiday shopping period

A pair of developments among retailers this holiday season could benefit shoppers and retail workers alike. It’s too early to call it a trend, but some stores chose not to open Thanksgiving Day, giving their employees time off to spend with family and friends. Some brick-and-mortar shops, ...

Newest citizens remind us to be grateful

Most of us have good reason to pause and give thanks today. Our families top the list of blessings bestowed upon us, of course. Something that happened last Friday in Cleveland is a reminder of one blessing we often overlook, take for granted, or even insist does not exist. That day, people ...

Don’t be a turkey; wear your seat belt

This is the day before Thanksgiving, which means roads will be filled today and tomorrow with people traveling distances great and short. We urge you to drive safely and sober, and add this message from Kaitlyn Boehler, Senca County Safe Communities Coordinator: One of the year’s busiest ...

Ensure justice really is done

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and Derrick ...

Patients will have to remain patient

Ohio will miss yet another mark in its march toward the sale of medical marijuana — this one an assurance that sales could begin by the end of November. That is not going to happen. According to Mark Hamlin, of the Ohio Department of Commerce, the two testing labs closest to opening are ...

It’s time to gather signs from campaign

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting dozens of political candidates have been demonstrations of the vigor of our system of government. Now, they are just clutter. Some candidates and their supporters started the process of picking up their signs Tuesday evening. It is pleasing to ...

Look at voting as defending yourself

No doubt you will be going to the polls today if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems in Ohio. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you will be voting, ...

Vote ‘no’ Tuesday on Issue 1

In many ways, the most important decision Ohioans will make in the election Tuesday has nothing to do with candidates for public office. It will be whether to declare defeat in the war against substance abuse. A proposed amendment to the state constitution, Issue 1, is on the ballot. Its ...

Take care to avoid catching, spreading cold, flu

It’s that time of year again — cold, flu, seasonal allergies ... the “crud.” It seems as though there is constantly something going around, whether at school, work, church or even within families. As always during this season, there are a few things a person can do to reduce the chances ...

Employ caution, common sense this Halloween

It’s “trick or treat” time, with communities throughout our area setting times and dates this week for costumed children to go door-to-door asking for treats. Excited youngsters running to and fro, often ignoring basic safety rules about crossing streets and highways, make Halloween a ...

Urgent approach on drugs is proper

Often, the prudent way for a state to spend federal grant money is to disburse it sparingly, for two reasons. First, ensuring the money is being spent effectively is important. Second, not running out of funds before the grant period ends is a consideration. Ohio officials deserve praise ...