Editorials

States and FEMA should reconsider deadlines

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

Collect samples of DNA of criminals

More than a few “cold case” crimes, some years old, have been solved by using DNA samples. Those taken from crime victims or scenes sometimes can be matched to DNA taken from previously arrested offenders. That works only if information about previous offenders’ DNA is on file, ...

Protect elderly residents of Ohio

The need for everyone to look out for children became apparent many years ago in Ohio. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. Fortunately, that is changing. The ...

October is flu shot month

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

When will potential solutions become solutions?

Though awareness and changes in the law have resulted in a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the primary factor in our current substance abuse crisis, they remain a concern. “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications ...

We need to return to civility

As U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley pointed out Thursday morning, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford have one thing in common: Both are victims of the viciousness that has taken over our public discourse. Grassley, R-Iowa, was opening a ...

Right mix of tactics to fight drug use needed

Last year, drug overdoses claimed 4,854 lives in the Buckeye State, according to an analysis of coroners’ reports by the Columbus Dispatch. That is an increase of about 20 percent compared to 2016. Substance abuse is growing worse. It also is changing, as is the case in other states, ...

Congress might let funding for parks, recreation expire

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Effective strategy neeed for addiction

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...

Patients need to exercise patience

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They still are waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...

Disasters happen; learn to be ready

It’s no coincidence that National Preparedness Month, established in 2004, is observed in September. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 — the anniversary was Tuesday — compelled the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to sponsor the annual effort. That it ...

Economy growing, thanks to workers

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Economy growing, thanks to workers

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Never allow body armor to expire

For months before their union in May filed a formal grievance over the issue, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents had complained about body armor older than the manufacturer’s expiration date. One BCI supervisor declared in an email that, “I will not allow my folks to go through a ...

Gather better data on internet service

Expanding high-speed internet access to rural areas is critical in Ohio. Too many Ohioans lack what has become a virtual necessity. One obstacle to that is knowing precisely what areas already have broadband service. The system relied on by the Federal Communications Commission uses census ...

McCain leaves words to live by

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a U.S. senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we are. McCain, who ...

Issue 1 is risky approach on drugs

Ohioans going to the polls Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to pass judgment on an idea suggested for many years — virtual decriminalization of most illegal drug offenses. If approved, Issue 1 would reduce sentences drastically for purchase, possession or use of illicit drugs, including ...

Find who tried the hacking, then act

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation last week that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

A secure investment

Fall semester began Wednesday for Heidelberg University students, and classes begin Monday for students at Tiffin University. The annual Around the Town event, which shows these students the services, restaurants, businesses and entertainment their new community offers, is set for 10:30 ...

Measles making a comeback

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...