Editorials

Roads will lead to more growth

A plan by Tiffin officials to improve roadway access to land off US 224, opening it for commercial development, is an idea whose time has come. Finally. The land is between South Shaffer Park Drive and TR 18. The project is to involve improving US 224, CR 1, CR 54 and TR 18, along with ...

Prepare now for severe weather

Spring officially begins today, but spring-like severe weather already has returned to Ohio, bringing floods, tornadoes and even a rock slide. Feb. 24, Gov. John Kasich declared an emergency in 17 counties due to flooding. Feb. 25, EF1 tornadoes were confirmed in Felicity and Hamersville. ...

Capable Ohioans can help selves

Any suggestion recipients of public assistance bear some responsibility for their own well being is resisted fiercely by many liberals. It is more important than ever, however, as the big-government crowd seeks to expand the number of people who rely on taxpayers. Now Ohio officials are being ...

Misuse of federal funds is bipartisan

Members of Congress concerned about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayers’ money for travel received a dressing down from him Tuesday. At one point during a hearing, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, asked Zinke about spending $12,375 to charter a private jet for a flight ...

Simplistic solutions will fail to provide safety

The shooting death of a high school student in Birmingham, Ala., last week was one more reminder of the complexity of keeping our schools safe. Courtlin Arrington, 17, was killed and another student was wounded in a classroom, apparently not in an intentional shooting but, instead, an ...

Don’t get hopes up regarding N. Korea

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

Ask what VA chief knew — and when

Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA during ...

Spoofing technique calls for hang up

Everyone who owns a cellphone likely has received solicitation call that defies logic. You get an incoming call. The phone’s display shows a phone number beginning with your area code. The next three digits indicate it’s a local call. So, although the caller isn’t identified by name, ...

Tax cut for the wealthy? Not all of them

Federal tax reform proposed by President Donald Trump and passed by Congress has been criticized as a big break for the wealthy. But it’s not quite that simple. That’s because, while tens of millions of Americans are seeing noticable tax cuts in their paychecks, many wealthy individuals ...

Can we trust gov’t to enforce the rules?

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? The same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? The FBI that cleared Dylann Roof to buy the guns he ...

Is our culture suffering from an overdose?

Years ago, a sketch during Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update featured “head-shaking news.” It involved a reporter seated at the TV news desk reading news briefs whose irony or underlying absurdity left the reporter and news anchor shaking their heads. Prepare to shake ...

No more driving away with a license

A rite of passage for Ohio teenagers — getting a driver license — will change this summer when the Department of Public Safety stops issuing licenses at the bureau of motor vehicles and instead sends them by mail. As of July 2, new and renewed licenses are to be mailed to drivers after ...

Securing schools a dreadful reality

There was a time when public school administrators and board members could plan levy campaigns to raise funds for capital improvements and personnel. Discussions and decisions could focus on gymnasiums, computers and hands-on learning equipment, plus pay and benefits for teachers, custodians, ...

Korea reportedly put off meeting

With the Winter Olympics in South Korea history, the process of counting the medals has begun. Give Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump a gold medal for trying. But recognize, too, that they had no competition: North Korea’s “team” didn’t show up for the ...

How doing something sometimes fails to help

Everyone likes to be seen as doing something about major problems. Never mind whether that “something” actually helps. It seems appearances count more than reality. Recently, members of the National Association of Secretaries of State were assured by a Facebook representative that the ...

Something was said, something was done

A week ago, news reports brought horrific descriptions of murder and mayhem wrought by an angry young man who had threatened violence at a public school, then acted on his threats. Perhaps that influenced decisions by a student who reported a threat at an area school, and how administrators ...

Raising long gun age limit does have precedent

Firearm regulation is a vexing issue when it comes to compromise. Especially when it comes to translating concepts — such as common-sense gun safety — into legislation. But age restrictions on firearm purchases, as being endorsed by President Donald Trump, may be one avenue to middle ...

Market forces can help cut costs

Two seemingly unrelated news items on Wednesday’s front page concerning local governments help illustrate the importance of competition in keeping costs low. One of the articles — about the request for proposals involving trash and recyclable collection in Tiffin — points out the value ...

Sweeping answers to mass murders absent

There are no easy answers to preventing massacres such as that carried out by Nikolas Cruz at a Florida high school. Unless that is recognized, it will be impossible to forestall mass killings. One thing about Cruz does appear clear, however. It is that had his mother, Lynda, not died last ...

Provide adequate funds for cleanup

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposal is right and wrong when it comes to an ongoing project to clean up the Great Lakes. Trump proposes to slash federal funding for the project by about 90 percent. That could jeopardize progress already made in dealing with pollution, invasive ...