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Time to be serious about tax reform

A major tax reform proposal has been unveiled by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. No tax bill is simple, of course. But what the foundation of what the White House and GOP lawmakers have outlined makes sense. It is simply to give middle-class Americans a break and ...

Extension of CHIP should be sole focus of bill

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Don’t use lawsuits to shield public records

Government officials and employees are notorious for trying to keep documents secret from the public. That is why, in Ohio, we have open records laws requiring release of such information, except in certain circumstances, such as ongoing criminal investigations. Reportedly, officials in some ...

Learn the facts, then decide on actions

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s newspaper tells the story: At least 58 people ...

Allow the release of Kennedy papers

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Protesters shouldn’t infringe on rights of others

Freedom of speech, guaranteed to Americans, is one thing. Using it as an excuse to trample other rights — or even, as is seen with upsetting frequency, to strangle the free speech rights of those with whom one disagrees — is quite another. Ohio University officials deserve praise for ...

It’s time to try a different approach

A peculiar thing happens on the way to tax reform. Whenever a tax cut — or even a change in how taxes are figured — are proposed, the same questions is asked. How are we going to pay for that? The query usually is posed by a news service, national newspaper or TV news channel. And ...

Devote military resources to help PR, USVI

It is a rare occasion, but we agree with House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. This wek, Pelosi called for deployment of more military resources to aid the hurricane-ravaged islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pelosi, D-California, issued the statement Monday, ...

Distracted driving should be a primary offense

Ohio House of Representatives members had the right idea in approving a bill that targets distracted driving. They did not go far enough, however. A measure approved by the House in a 71-10 vote would allow police to issue tickets to motorists who use electronic devices such as cellphones ...

Venezuela deserves attention from UN

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations last week did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. ...

Change in law would let wind turbines sprout

Just as one domestic energy option finishes being buried beneath Seneca and surrounding counties, pursuit of another energy source above ground might resume. The ET Rover pipeline project, which could be completed this fall, is to transfer 3.25 billion cubic feet of domestically produced ...

Join the Days of Caring starting today

Tiffin-Seneca United Way is to host the annual Day of Caring Saturday at Seneca County Opportunity Center, 780 E. CR 20. But the effort deserves a modified name this year. Perhaps we should think of it as the Days of Caring. It’s appropriate the event begins at the Opportunity Center, ...

Prepare now for a natural disaster

The Florida woman in the televised interview sounded dumbfounded. She knew she had to clean up after Hurricane Irma ravaged her property. She just didn’t know where to begin. That’s a good question to contemplate now, even while the weather is calm in Ohio. Nine years ago this month, the ...

Improve security of security clearance

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Let’s help storm victims in Virgin Islands

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands is worse ...

On-road ‘freedom’ may cost your life

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Equifax’s dawdling increases exposure

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those promises are not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Recall tragedy, reflect on heroism

This is Patriot Day, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in America that killed nearly 3,000 people. That day, four passenger jets were hijacked by terrorists. Two were flown into the World Trade Center in New York, one into each twin tower. Another was flown into the ...

Disasters can occur here, too

The heavy rains of Hurricane Harvey and high winds of Hurricane Irma are far removed from northwest Ohio. The only impact we’ll see from those storms is higher gasoline prices. But evacuations and shelter aren’t just concerns for those living near coastal areas. Homes near Crestline, on ...

Harvey aid must trump politics

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occurring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democrat lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has ...