Editorials

Pursue genetic research in ethical manner

Little Charlie Gard has passed away. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where he died Friday. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was born? Within a few years, it may be possible to save children ...

Review of fair rides a necessity

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when a ...

Other countries must step up against Maduro actions

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

Tweak of asset forfeiture needed

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants went ...

Leveling the field for crime victims

It seems criminals get more breaks than their victims from “the system.” That could change, at least to some extent, in Ohio. On the ballot in the Buckeye State this fall will be an initiative referred to as Marsy’s Law for Ohio. The name comes from Marsy Nicholas, a California woman ...

Lessons from woman’s death

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...

Ohio at the center of civility movement

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. The Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. Better ...

Another reason to go to the fair

The Seneca County Fair doesn’t accept paying visitors until Monday, when the 175th edition officially opens. But with booths being set up, exhibits being moved in and some judging planned, the fair really gets under way today. However, for everyone involved in exhibiting — 4-H members ...

Solving Medicaid dilemma is crucial

Health care reformers, not to mention tens of millions of other Americans who understand money does not grow on trees, are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The rock is this: President Barack Obama’s signature health care takeover law encouraged states to expand the ...

Safety clearance bars may be needed

The Washington Street viaduct was closed Wednesday morning after a semi trailer became wedged under the span. Perhaps the truck driver had taken a wrong turn due to the SR 67 detour routed through downtown. Still, the clearance to the railroad bridge — 11 feet — clearly is marked. A large ...

Taking care of business should come first

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge we have to do that makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Stay safe at home — unless you have to leave

The alert issued by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was at once familiar and out of place. We’re used to Level 2 roadway warnings — in the winter. But this is summer. Instead of advising motorists about snow, the alert warned of widespread flooding across the county. The ...

Amazing what can happen if we all pull together

Stories of courage exhibited by local residents helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide ...

Tax hike for roads, bridges is worth weighing

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz presented city council with a proposal worth pondering — and, if council members agree, residents will want to weigh the idea. Montz suggested seeking a quarter-percent income tax increase targeted solely at maintaining, repairing and replacing city streets and ...

Waiting, watching not good strategy for Kim

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

Protect elderly against scammers

Criminals who specialize in scams often target the elderly. Their hope is they can wipe out the life savings of people sometimes more vulnerable to being misled. Elderly Americans lose billions of dollars a year to scammers. It is puzzling that state and federal governments do not do a better ...

The time definitely has come for this institute

The State of Ohio Leadership Institute — started to promote civility and bipartisanship among elected officials, in addition to professionalism — wasn’t established in response to President Donald Trump, organizers say. No, really. Instead, the institute reflects (and, hopefully, ...

National debt is a growing threat

Tuesday, thoughtful Americans paused to reflect on, and be grateful for, our many liberties. To an enormous extent, we owe them to the nation’s founders, who followed up their courageous Declaration of Independence with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been reliable insurance for ...

FairTax could be the next American revolution

There is irony in the fact the American Revolution was born of tax policy, yet after securing independence in 1783, the new nation needed revenue. Soon, taxes on imports and whiskey became the major source of funding for the federal government. Eventually — perhaps inevitably — more ...

Preserve freedom, designate a driver

The Independence Day holiday coming up could be a long weekend for some fortunate workers. With July 4 arriving next Tuesday, folks getting Monday off as well as the Fourth of July can celebrate their freedom over a four-day weekend. Ironically, though, the holiday could end up costing some ...