Editorials

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 ...

Kim aims to protect status quo

Don’t expect a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to occur, let alone be productive. That prediction has little to do with Trump and much to do with Kim. Consider what happened in other countries that gave up their nuclear weapons. Surely, Kim has ...

The key is to find out what makes them kill

Once again, our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

The Russian temptation

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center for American Progress conference. She said Democrats can’t spend all their time bemoaning President Donald Trump’s existence, and that her voters care more about soybean exports than Russian ...

Congress should approve VA move

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

We’ve seen this before

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Keep statue, honor victims

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

Clinton correct to shun givebacks

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

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 ...