Editorials

Trust, but verify if Kim is sincere

Let us hope President Donald Trump agrees with his predecessor Ronald Reagan’s policy in dealing with promises of disarmament: “Trust, but verify.” To that, Trump ought to add, “and quickly.” In pursuit of the worthy goal of lessening the threat to peace posed by North Korea, ...

Gas tax proposal opens way to action

Because nearly everyone who votes also drives a car or truck, most politicians are afraid to suggest increasing taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. Give new Gov. Mike DeWine credit for having the courage to do just that. DeWine wants legislators to increase fuel taxes by 18 cents per gallon, ...

DeWine wants warrants served quickly

Too often, we hear of violent crimes committed by people who ought to have been behind bars instead of finding new victims. Gov. Mike DeWine wants to do something about that in the Buckeye State. This month, DeWine announced he has created a task force to look into how arrest warrants are ...

Consider giving Muthana a second chance

One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A few ...

Enforce existing gun laws

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Correct error in new gun law ASAP

Quite a few law-abiding Ohio gun owners may find themselves running afoul of a new state law because of an error in how it was drafted. State legislators should correct the statute as soon as possible. Lawmakers approved what should have been a mere housekeeping bill, to bring state law into ...

When will debt leave US broken?

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Brown may not be radical enough for party

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. Recently, during his “Dignity of Work” tour, he visited New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, improved ...

Avoid deadly medical errors

We go to hospitals to get well, not to be killed by incompetence or worse. State and federal governments have a critical role in protecting us in that regard. Federal officials have notified Mount Carmel Health, of Columbus, that Medicare will cease paying for patients at two of the firm’s ...

Tonight’s speech could offer start to accord

President Donald Trump may have much to say on a great number of topics today, when he delivers his postponed State of the Union speech. But many listeners, perhaps including the woman who is to be seated directly behind Trump, may be listening closely for comments on a single subject: “the ...

Husted to be paid more than DeWine

Oops. Ohio legislators inadvertantly created a mess when, in a bill they passed last year, they created a new agency in state government. Designed to improve use of technology in state government, education and job placement, it is called InnovateOhio. New Gov. Mike DeWine has said he plans ...

Press briefings should continue

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...

Election oversight a vital safeguard

Fortunately, a problem with the election last November in Miami County did not affect the outcome of any races on the ballot. Still, the fact 6,000 ballots were not counted is disturbing. Members of the county elections board had to meet this week to amend official returns. Board Chairman ...

Spend the $60M on lasting, good jobs

Ohio legislators are being asked to increase tax incentives for films produced in the state and to offer them to stage productions, including Broadway shows touring the state. Proponents of increasing the current $40 million a year cap to $100 million say that would stimulate Ohio’s ...

Reduce deaths among infants

Among new Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ninth-worst rate ...

Thanks to those who clear the road

By the time this newspaper is delivered, a winter storm should be underway. Snowfall forecasts vary, with some calling for 4-8 inches by the time the white stuff stops falling. Some predict 8-12 inches. Worse, the flakes are to be accompanied by and followed by wind. It’s like in the ...

State of the Union is a time to deal

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

DeWine has work to do for Ohioans

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already: He has appointed one of the most diverse ...

Reinvent to create more jobs

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls conducted once in a while by ...

Take care of Ohio’s roads, bridges

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...