Editorials

Something was said, something was done

A week ago, news reports brought horrific descriptions of murder and mayhem wrought by an angry young man who had threatened violence at a public school, then acted on his threats. Perhaps that influenced decisions by a student who reported a threat at an area school, and how administrators ...

Raising long gun age limit does have precedent

Firearm regulation is a vexing issue when it comes to compromise. Especially when it comes to translating concepts — such as common-sense gun safety — into legislation. But age restrictions on firearm purchases, as being endorsed by President Donald Trump, may be one avenue to middle ...

Market forces can help cut costs

Two seemingly unrelated news items on Wednesday’s front page concerning local governments help illustrate the importance of competition in keeping costs low. One of the articles — about the request for proposals involving trash and recyclable collection in Tiffin — points out the value ...

Sweeping answers to mass murders absent

There are no easy answers to preventing massacres such as that carried out by Nikolas Cruz at a Florida high school. Unless that is recognized, it will be impossible to forestall mass killings. One thing about Cruz does appear clear, however. It is that had his mother, Lynda, not died last ...

Provide adequate funds for cleanup

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposal is right and wrong when it comes to an ongoing project to clean up the Great Lakes. Trump proposes to slash federal funding for the project by about 90 percent. That could jeopardize progress already made in dealing with pollution, invasive ...

Act to preserve US park system

America’s national parks are the envy of the world. Blessed with incredible beauty, ecological diversity and historical significance, our ancestors were wise to protect them for posterity. The National Park Service manages 417 parks, heritage areas, monuments and other important sites. In ...

How do you blow through 20 trillion dollars?

One of the key points of Andy Andrews’ 2012 book “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” is that citizens will believe the lies of their leaders as long as they are told lies they want to believe. This explains why so many we elect to national office claim they want to balance the federal ...

NASA could get aboard SpaceX

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

Scanner not paid for by taxpayers

We tip a cap this week to Seneca County officials for obtaining an X-ray machine to scan people entering the Seneca County Jail — and not making taxpayers foot the bill. Seneca County Prosecutor Derek DeVine authorized using commissary funds to pay for the body scanner. Profits from ...

Dems’ memo should be released

A week ago, a memorandum written by Republicans on the House of Representatives intelligence committee created waves in Washington. President Donald Trump insists it exonerates him and his campaign staff of claims they cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential ...

Tentative pact just political business as usual

Senate leaders have a tentative deal to avert a so-called government shutdown, apparently eliminating a chance to use the federal debt limit to force a compromise on immigration issues. Some politicians, some columnist and even some ordinary people saw a glimmer of hope in the brief weekend ...

Decisions loom for county buildings

With the move-in date for the Seneca County Justice Center a month away, some decisions will be awaiting. The justice center could be occupied by the Seneca County Common Pleas Courts, Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court and Seneca County Clerk of Courts about this time next month. Then, the ...

Review of rail safety needed

Two crew members were killed early Sunday when an Amtrak passenger train on the wrong track crashed into a line of freight cars. More than 100 people were injured in the accident, which occurred in South Carolina. Rail accidents seem to have become a regular occurrence. Sunday’s was the ...

Prepare to follow Idaho’s lead on coverage

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. Well, what if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare ...

A slam by any other name …

Can anyone doubt seriously that if California teacher Gregory Salcido had lashed out in class with a tirade directed at, say, illegal immigrants, he would have been disciplined harshly? But neither that nor anything else politically correct was Salcido’s target. Instead, his venom was ...

Don’t judge, check facts

Many of those who watched or read about President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night will be very skeptical in their judgments. As they have been doing during his first year in office, they will judge the book by its cover. Presidents often use State of the Union ...

Medicare process could be more efficient

Medicare beneficiaries who are prescribed certain medicines must jump through some terribly outdated bureaucratic hoops to get them. Prior authorization is required for Medicare beneficiaries to have some drugs paid for by the government program. Often, that can mean pharmacists must spend ...

Take the violent behavior seriously

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task, it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

We need an agent to deter celebrity worship

In the wake of the Tide Pod challenge coursing through social media — in which teens post videos of themselves seeing how long they can keep the laundry capsule in their mouths — a meme attempted to supplant the hazardous stunt by daring potential participants to use the lumps to do ...

Maybe DC functions defectively by default

Some in the media were blaming the current government shutdown on “dysfunction” in the U.S. Senate. That really is not the case. The Senate is functioning just fine — but many of its Democrats have decided to use the shutdown for political purposes. On the other hand, the temporary ...