Editorials

OSU gets it right with its response

Give Ohio State University officials credit for handling a sex abuse scandal the way it ought to be done — openly, with apparent concern for victims, and an intensive effort to get the whole truth. One wonders why that approach does not seem to appeal to everyone. A few months ago, it ...

Details can be crucial

A Seneca County commissioner said he would like the county’s contract with Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. to be more precise. A new contract could spell out in more detail what the development group would do for county residents. Commissioner Shayne Thomas also indicated ...

Look into abuse of charitable foundations

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

Recycling reduction requires review

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

Eyeing cable TV alternatives

This week, I stopped by the downtown Tiffin AT&T/Spectrum office to shift to a minimal channel package my spouse had discussed with the service manager roughly six weeks ago. She was told she could not make the service change because the service was in my name. But today, all had changed. ...

Politics does not govern giving

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Act helps kids fight cancer

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children whose ...

Is it too much to ask voters to vote?

In a partisan 5-4 split, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving how Ohio purges voting rolls. The 1993 National Voter Registration Act requires states to attempt to remove people who have moved or died from voter roles. Ohio does this by notifying by mail people who failed to ...

Progress in Korea likely will be slow

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them this week. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are to meet Tuesday in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes ...

Habitat reaches milestone

The word “milestone” is a bit of a misnomer. In a literal sense, it denotes a distance, yet more often milestones mark accomplishments in terms of years or other measures. That’s often appropriate, as when marriages reach 50th anniversaries or businesses manage to stay viable for 100 ...

Flight 93 memorial proper place for wreckage

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

Target the hiring of illegal imigrants

A massive raid on a gardening and landscaping company in northern Ohio is a reminder that many illegal immigrants would not be in our country without active encouragement from a few unscrupulous business owners. More than 200 federal agents arrested 114 people in the raid Tuesday. They were ...

Deadline will pass, but safety is critical

If you are waiting for medical marijuana to be available in Ohio this summer, don’t hold your breath. In a front-page story today, the state admitted Ohio-grown pot-based medicines won’t be available by the deadline written into law in September 2016. State residents were supposed to be ...

Movie maker makes the right choice

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian ...

Look for ECOT secrecy payments

Much more remains to be learned about the fiasco that was the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Ohio. Among issues that need to be investigated thoroughly is whether ECOT officials relied on taxpayers for hush money meant to quash reports of scandal. ECOT, founded in 2000 as an online ...

Barrier has made racing safer

A tip of the crash helmet goes to Dr. Henry Bock, who has died at age 81. Bock, senior director of medical services at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1982 until 2006, had a key role in developing the SAFER barrier. The Steel and Foam Energy Reduction Barrier was a vast improvement over old ...

Is sports gambling in Ohio’s future?

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting in most states earlier this month, it opened state-sanctioned bookmaking on sporting events — for a take of the action, of course. This isn’t your simple office pool wagering seen before March madness or the Super ...

Teacher’s swift act protected students

What happened at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., Friday could have been much, much worse had Jason Seaman not risked his own life to protect his students. Seaman, 29, was teaching his class when a student with a gun entered and opened fire. He shot a 13-year-old girl, who was hurt ...

Haspel could be what CIA is lacking

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, strengthen ...

Intervene on behalf of bullied student

Exactly what triggered Friday’s murderous rampage by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at his school in Santa Fe, Texas, has not been determined. But this week, his father speculated the boy may have been bullied in school. School officials say they have investigated allegations Pagourtzis was ...