Editorials

Moving US out of corner

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

Hurrah for first lady’s initiative

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

Maintain honesty at online schools

After many years in which Ohio’s charter school regulations were, to put it charitably, a mess, one might suppose state officials would have gotten things straightened out. Alas, no. With the dust still not settled regarding one charter, the online Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, state ...

We need resources to battle addiction

The Ohio River is but a thin dividing line on one critical problem — drug abuse. West Virginia continues to have the highest overdose death rate in the nation, while Ohio has gotten worse. Between the two states, 6,219 people died of drug overdoses during the most recent 12-month period ...

Reversal of fortune and voter apathy

Something interesting occurred during Tuesday’s primary election. And something disappointing. The interesting result from the election: Approval of an issue raising the income tax in Tiffin from 1.75 percent to 2 percent, with the extra revenue to be spent on streets and bridges. That ...

Reasons to vote today

It’s primary election day, when voters in Tiffin might decide to spend a fraction of their federal tax break on streets and bridges in the city by increasing the income tax rate from 1.75 to 2 percent. But people who don’t live within Tiffin city limits still have plenty of reasons to ...

Robbing workers to pay the rent

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Footwork helps cops capture suspect

We’re broaching this subject with some trepidation. That’s because, in real life, there’s no such thing as playing cops and robbers. All too often catching a suspect can be deadly business. But that’s just the point cited by Columbus police, who commended a citizen for helping them ...

Lots of places to watch for cyclists

This is Motorcycle Safety Month, the time for an annual reminder to watch for two-wheeled vehicles that come out of storage and return to the streets each spring. We like to think our readers are conscientious and already drive carefully. But there is one place most drivers can improve when ...

Take teen drinking seriously

Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from acute ...

Next pick to lead VA should be ready for reform

White House physician Adm. Ronny Jackson has withdrawn from contention as new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He continues to insist allegations about his character are false. Perhaps, perhaps not. Sterling character should be a prerequisite for the VA secretary post. But ...

Thanks for filling a unique function

This week, a group of people performed a solemn duty. They were the jury in a drug trial. There’s an old joke about leaving your fate in the hands of 12 people who aren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty. But anyone who has shared the responsibility of serving this key role in our ...

Little things mean a lot

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating the ...

Put your cellphone away or be ready to pay

About 20 years ago, an email began being circulated claiming the U.S. Postal Service soon would charge an internet service fee to make up for business lost to email. It was bunk, of course. But sending or receiving electronic messages could cost you $150. That’s the fine for texting or ...

Why was inspection suggested, delayed?

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a ...

Rescuer’s wife also is brave

Imagine: You are traveling on an airliner. With you are your husband, his parents and your two small children. Without warning, disaster strikes. You nod at your spouse — knowing he has asked silently for your permission to risk making you a widow. It happened Tuesday in the sky near ...

Barbara Bush will be missed

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Opioid advisory is long overdue

The U.S. surgeon general has done something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Too many Americans are ...

Prevent deaths, injuries to road workers

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are. It is true, however. Accidents in work zones claim scores of lives each year. Many of them are the people repaving our roads, repairing our ...

You pay your bills; US racks them up

If you are like many Americans, you might spend part of today finishing your income tax returns for 2017. The deadline to file them is today, unless you request and get an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for. Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about ...