Editorials

Swamp creatures wasting money

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Release figures on sales of opioids

Other than the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, we fail to see what critical trade secrets need to be protected by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities. Yet a federal judge is ordering ...

Higher education takes new meaning

The times, they are a-changin’ in the Buckeye State. Now, it is possible to go to college and major in dope. Really. Hocking College, in Nelsonville, plans to offer new courses in marijuana. The goal is to offer an associated of applied science in laboratory sciences with a major in ...

School resource officer a good idea

We tip our cap this week to efforts to secure a school resource officer for Columbian High School. While an agreement to have a Tiffin Police officer on duty in the school still is being considered by Tiffin City Council, members of the Tiffin City Board of Education approved it earlier this ...

State can help fight drugs at local level

It is unlikely county officials will get from Columbus what they asked for this week. The general increase in funding to local governments being sought, more than $350 million a year, would dent the state budget to an extent legislators probably would not allow. But one specific plea by the ...

Time to spell out right and wrong behavior

As another case of sexual abuse hits the news, this time involving two former teenage divers and their coach, it’s obvious more must be done to educate young athletes — and the coaches, trainers and doctors they encounter. The two divers are suing the coach, Will Bohonyi, as well as Ohio ...

Focus on protecting consumers instead of producers

Surely, the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation that ...

Probe crimes of past at OSU

Ohio State University’s energy and openness in investigating allegations of sexual misbehavior by a long-dead physician for some athletic teams has been commendable. It turns out that may have been a sea change, compared to the attitude when the doctor was alive and working at OSU. Dr. ...

Can any method of execution really be humane?

A killer is to be executed today in Ohio. Robert Van Hook, condemned for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985, was moved Tuesday to the death house in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. It would be the state’s first execution since last ...

Japanese gracious in defeat

Some of the best stories in sports happen off the playing fields and courts. Consider the aftermath of a World Cup soccer match in Russia last week. Japan’s team had been leading Belgium, 2-0, during much of the game. Then, in the closing minutes, Belgium came back to win, 3-2. It was a ...

Claims at OSU are disturbing

Ohio State University’s investigation of a sports doctor alleged to have sexually abused athletes at several institutions of higher learning has turned over a commendable number of stones. What has come creeping out from under some of them is disturbing. Scores of people, including former ...

Miracles at home, abroad

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers were in the process of pulling off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a ...

Make room for roadside dangers

Move over or go slower. OK, that lacks the catchiness of “drive sober or get pulled over,” but the rhyming structure is similar. And, like seat belt use, Ohio law requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching a vehicle with flashing lights parked along the roadway. ...

Sign up for local wireless alert service

Forewarned is forearmed, as the saying goes. Now, Seneca County offers people who have cellphones and email addresses to receive emergency alerts and weather warnings via text, email or voice. The service, provided by Seneca County, Tiffin and Fostoria, uses a wireless emergency notification ...

Does red tape keep funding from its purpose?

When a child’s emotional and behavioral challenges become so great that there is genuine fear he may harm himself or someone else, the solution too often is removing him from his home. Institutionalization or a series of foster families await many such youngsters. That need not occur in ...

Get rid of ICE — and other agencies

President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents detained at the border increased calls among activists and lawmakers to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. That policy has been revoked, although the impact of it still is being undone. ...

Let’s do better at reducing smoking

We have known for decades that smoking can cause cancer, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses. Yet many Americans still have not kicked the habit. Here in Ohio, the concern is particularly worrisome, and it’s getting worse, not better. Last year, 22.5 percent of adults in Ohio ...

Newest citizens attest to nature of America

The Declaration of Independence — the adoption of which we celebrate this week — the Articles of Confederation and, later, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are just some of reasons this an exceptional nation. There are those who would disagree. Yet we can think of nearly 7.5 ...

Judge should release data on opioids

West Virginia is ground zero for the drug abuse epidemic, with an overdose death rate far beyond any other state. No. 3 in the nation is Ohio, however (New Hampshire is second), and Buckeye State residents deserve to know how the situation got so dire. A recent study restricted to deaths from ...

Congress should get busy in August

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has ...