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Editorials

Reasons to celebrate

Thumbs Up to the Seneca County General Health District unanimously voting to issue a 2019 operating license for Sunny Farms Landfill this week. We believe the settlement that resulted in Sunny Farms paying millions of dollars of fines and being subject to future scrutiny is enough, and that the ...

Time to give Sunny Farms benefit of the doubt

The whole Sunny Farms landfill issue has sure caused a stink, and Sunny Farms has had to pay a hefty price for fallout from the odor and other issues. But now that the Ohio EPA has weighed in and made Sunny Farms pay for its past transgressions, it’s time we join the Seneca County General ...

New things happening in Seneca County

Thumbs up to the resolution of the Sunny Farms Landfill alleged violations. We are hoping closure comes in the form of last week’s agreement that Sunny Farms would pay $1.71 million in civil penalties for the alleged past water pollution, as well as $2.01 million for under-reported and ...

Summer events in full swing

Thumbs up to the Seneca County Fair, which once again didn’t disappoint as this area’s showcase summer event. To boot, the weather this week couldn’t have been better. Job well done to all of those who worked hard to make the fair a reality. Thumbs down to the accident that occurred ...

It’s finally fair time!

Let’s hear it for the fair — it’s Seneca County Fair time, the premier event of the summer that brings the community together. Follow along all week in The A-T and “Let the good times grow!” See you at the fairgrounds. We’ve said it a lot before in the past few months, but thumbs ...

The illegal immigration battle

Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...

Measles make an appearence in Ohio

It probably only was a matter of time for Ohioans to become part of the measles outbreak that has hit about half the states. For a few months, it appeared the Buckeye State might be spared involvement. Now, it has been reported that a young adult from Stark County contracted the disease ...

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 ...