Editorials

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 ...

Little things mean a lot

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating the ...

Put your cellphone away or be ready to pay

About 20 years ago, an email began being circulated claiming the U.S. Postal Service soon would charge an internet service fee to make up for business lost to email. It was bunk, of course. But sending or receiving electronic messages could cost you $150. That’s the fine for texting or ...

Why was inspection suggested, delayed?

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a ...

Rescuer’s wife also is brave

Imagine: You are traveling on an airliner. With you are your husband, his parents and your two small children. Without warning, disaster strikes. You nod at your spouse — knowing he has asked silently for your permission to risk making you a widow. It happened Tuesday in the sky near ...

Barbara Bush will be missed

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Opioid advisory is long overdue

The U.S. surgeon general has done something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Too many Americans are ...

Prevent deaths, injuries to road workers

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are. It is true, however. Accidents in work zones claim scores of lives each year. Many of them are the people repaving our roads, repairing our ...

You pay your bills; US racks them up

If you are like many Americans, you might spend part of today finishing your income tax returns for 2017. The deadline to file them is today, unless you request and get an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for. Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about ...

Programs still need reformed

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

Internet service is crucial to Ohio

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband internet service in Ohio may have bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state — including here in rural sections of our area — is high enough to ...

Why are eyes on US and not UN?

The world is waiting to see what the United States does about the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria. Isn’t that backwards? Shouldn’t the U.S. (and Syrian President Bashar Assad) be expecting a response by the United Nations? After President Donald Trump announced a decision to ...

Ohio State does right by going public

Attempts to sweep under the rug a sexual abuse scandal involving some U.S. Olympic athletes and others at Michigan State University backfired badly, as they should have. Some officials in both programs have lost their jobs. Some are being investigated for crimes. The predator, Dr. Larry ...

Invading privacy is social media business model

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Critical incident team will fill need

We tip our cap twice this week over the formation of a local critical incident stress management team — once for the team members who would offer debriefing and coping services in the wake of crises, and another for the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot ...

Where you sit impacts where you stand

It’s cliche that the three most important factors in real estate are location, location, location. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Real estate and location are key factors in the current disagreement over wind energy. Northern Ohio has four factors that favor development of wind ...

Beware of scams while tax day nears

Good news: The deadline for filing tax returns is two days later than usual this year. Bad news: This year’s filing won’t reflect the new tax law passed in December (that impacts this year’s tax returns, which must be filed next year). April 15 falls on a Sunday this year, followed ...

Maintain focus on driving

How would you react if you were riding in an automobile and the driver frequently closed both eyes for two seconds at a time? We think you would ask the driver to stop — either the dangerous habit or the vehicle, so you could get out. Now, stop and think how long your eyes are off the road ...

Leave no doubt about safety of rides

During the Ohio State Fair in Columbus last year, a thrill ride, the Fire Ball, broke apart. Several people were injured. An 18-year-old man was killed. The previous year, a water park in Kansas unveiled a 17-story water slide. A raft carrying a 10-year-old boy down it went airborne. An ...

Looks like the ‘swamp’ is being backfilled

“Drain the swamp.” Although President Donald Trump’s campaign turned that into a slogan, President Ronald Reagan used the term in 1983 when referring to the federal bureaucracy. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi referenced it 12 years ago. It alludes to the belief that our ...