Editorials

Bush was a kinder, gentler president

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Actual results may vary

A word of warning to those who jump on bandwagons, or make moves based on the advice of “the experts:” Results may vary. Remember, almost a decade ago, when the experts — that is, advocates for casinos in Ohio — predicted the four locations at the time would generate $1.9 billion in ...

Shopping locally just more sensible

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should ...

A smoke detector can save your life

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

Expand holiday shopping period

A pair of developments among retailers this holiday season could benefit shoppers and retail workers alike. It’s too early to call it a trend, but some stores chose not to open Thanksgiving Day, giving their employees time off to spend with family and friends. Some brick-and-mortar shops, ...

Newest citizens remind us to be grateful

Most of us have good reason to pause and give thanks today. Our families top the list of blessings bestowed upon us, of course. Something that happened last Friday in Cleveland is a reminder of one blessing we often overlook, take for granted, or even insist does not exist. That day, people ...

Don’t be a turkey; wear your seat belt

This is the day before Thanksgiving, which means roads will be filled today and tomorrow with people traveling distances great and short. We urge you to drive safely and sober, and add this message from Kaitlyn Boehler, Senca County Safe Communities Coordinator: One of the year’s busiest ...

Ensure justice really is done

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and Derrick ...

Patients will have to remain patient

Ohio will miss yet another mark in its march toward the sale of medical marijuana — this one an assurance that sales could begin by the end of November. That is not going to happen. According to Mark Hamlin, of the Ohio Department of Commerce, the two testing labs closest to opening are ...

It’s time to gather signs from campaign

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting dozens of political candidates have been demonstrations of the vigor of our system of government. Now, they are just clutter. Some candidates and their supporters started the process of picking up their signs Tuesday evening. It is pleasing to ...

Look at voting as defending yourself

No doubt you will be going to the polls today if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems in Ohio. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you will be voting, ...

Vote ‘no’ Tuesday on Issue 1

In many ways, the most important decision Ohioans will make in the election Tuesday has nothing to do with candidates for public office. It will be whether to declare defeat in the war against substance abuse. A proposed amendment to the state constitution, Issue 1, is on the ballot. Its ...

Take care to avoid catching, spreading cold, flu

It’s that time of year again — cold, flu, seasonal allergies ... the “crud.” It seems as though there is constantly something going around, whether at school, work, church or even within families. As always during this season, there are a few things a person can do to reduce the chances ...

Employ caution, common sense this Halloween

It’s “trick or treat” time, with communities throughout our area setting times and dates this week for costumed children to go door-to-door asking for treats. Excited youngsters running to and fro, often ignoring basic safety rules about crossing streets and highways, make Halloween a ...

Urgent approach on drugs is proper

Often, the prudent way for a state to spend federal grant money is to disburse it sparingly, for two reasons. First, ensuring the money is being spent effectively is important. Second, not running out of funds before the grant period ends is a consideration. Ohio officials deserve praise ...

Dozens of others missing or killed

Thoughtful Americans ought to be concerned about the killing of a journalist who wrote columns about Saudi Arabia for the Washington Post. But what about the other 44 journalists who have met violent deaths this year? What about the 48 who perished in 2017? Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian ...

Ohio bureau uncovered $60 million in fraud

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 health ...

We need rockets to carry astronauts

Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards this past week, ...

Ensure your vote is cast

For many Ohioans, the Nov. 6 election will be more important in many ways than if Buckeye State voters were helping to elect a president. On local candidates and issues as well as those affecting the entire state, critical decisions need to be made at the polls. It is not difficult these days ...

Newspaper matters, now more than ever

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, “Journalism matters — now more than ever.” Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did ...