Editorials

Local officials in control of public schools

Giving local officials as much control as possible over public schools normally is the best policy. Education bureaucrats in state capitals simply are not familiar enough with local needs to handle the job well. But what if local officials are doing a terrible job? Is it fair to children to ...

Much to look forward to in the coming week

Thumbs up to resilient local farmers, whose roller coaster 2019 season was chronicled in a Friday A-T story. “We kept thinking the rain would eventually stop, but of course it just never did,” said Seneca County farmer Eric Eberhard. Despite the challenges, those in local agriculture ...

Crackdown on illegal immigrants

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Epstein still might be sent away

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Buckeye State having hiring issues

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20% of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with hiring, ...

A great July 4th in Seneca County

Thumbs up to a wonderful Fourth of July. Patriotic spirit and the familial aspect of this area were in full display this week. We hope everyone had safe red, white and blue fun. Thumbs down to mosquitos, which could be coming in droves this year, thanks to all the rainy weather we’ve gotten, ...

Who really were the Founders?

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? We Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us is just ...

The Ebola nightmare

Ebola sometimes seems like a nightmare that will not go away. It is a truly horrible disease, killing about half of those who contract it. Here in the United States, where the very few people who have contracted Ebola receive the very best of care, the illness can be less serious. But in ...

Tax break for Ohioans: How much are we really getting

Ohio legislators are on the clock this week, as they try to find common ground on a two-year state budget. It has to be on Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk by Sunday. Buckeye State residents will get a tax break under the new $69 billion budget. The only question is: How much? State senators have ...

We should be fostering innovative opportunities for Ohioans

About a year ago, a respected national university began offering Ohioans new options for higher education. They can take online courses to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields where there are excellent career opportunities. They can save money in the process. What’s not to ...

Does AOC know the meaning of ‘concentration camp’?

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...

New holidays and special observances including Juneteenth

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebration by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, to be observed today (June 19). It is a celebration of the end of slavery in the ...

Sharing the wealth with Buckeye state taxpayers

Things are picking up for state government in Ohio and, fortunately, legislators of both parties seem to agree some of the wealth ought to be shared with Buckeye State taxpayers. State House of Representatives members already have approved a budget calling for a 6.6% tax cut. Now, state ...

LWCF deserves permanent funding

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives— some possibly affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...

U.S. may need back up if Iran is behind the attacks

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of Thursday, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. It was on that day that two ...

Is substance abuse linked to low income?

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

Life-saving drugs not given in extenuating situations

Remember common sense? It seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, even when the consequences of its absence can be fatal. Dec. 31, 2013, Kevin Houdeshell, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, ran out of the insulin he needed to keep his diabetes in check. He went to a pharmacy, where he was told his ...

Rapists in Ohio are now home free

If they can escape justice for 20 years after sexually assaulting someone, rapists in Ohio are home free. Their victims are not. A statute of limitations in the Buckeye State bars prosecutions for rape more than 20 years after the offense was committed. Even if police and prosecutors know ...

Keep your paws off, Dr. Strauss

“Dr. Jelly Paws,” some Ohio State University athletes called him. It was a reference to the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ habit of groping their genitals and engaging in other forms of sexual abuse. Dozens of OSU officials, inside the athletic department and in university administration, ...

Supreme Court should examine abortion

For most Americans, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land regarding abortion. Handed down in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ruling placed the federal government firmly in charge of regulating whether and in what circumstances women can have their pregnancies terminated. But for the ...