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Editorials

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 ...

Memorial Day was memorable

Thumbs up to those who were honored on Memorial Day. Tiffin puts on a great parade for Memorial Day, but not lost on all who attended was the reason we celebrate — to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thumbs up to A-T editor Rob Weaver, who is leaving the profession after 33 years ...

Spending program should be pursued

Last month, Democrat congressional leaders left a meeting with President Donald Trump proclaiming they had a deal to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure improvement program. Following the meeting, however, there was ... nothing. Much the same thing happened last year. Some lawmakers in both ...

What to do after a violent storm

We’ve used this space in years past to remind residents what they should do before a tornado strikes and when the warning sirens sound. In brief, before a storm hits, have a plan to take cover; and if it strikes, follow that plan. But in the wake of the tornadoes that struck Ohio Monday ...

Congrats, grads, we need you

This week, we offer a tip of the mortar board to all high school and college graduates — including the 50 students who picked up their degrees from the GED, Gateway and Ohio’s Options programs Wednesday night. “You could not get a good job without at least a GED,” one of those ...

Rethink the death penalty in Ohio

It is one thing to argue about the basic morality of capital punishment. But there should be no controversy about putting to death people so mentally ill they did not understand that murder is wrong. Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would amend capital punishment statutes. It ...

Find out what was wrong at OSU

“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, ...

Improve school takeover system

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...

Take a hike with this local series

We give a tip of the cap to Seneca County’s Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program for sponsoring a series of hikes for adults and teens. The first one hits the trail at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Schekelhoff Nature Preserve in Tiffin and be led by local master bird bander Jim Coffman. The ...

Female veterans’ needs are not met

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be ...

Personal issue has political, economic impact

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that ...

Notice the real heroes among us

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord is to be dedicated as a site on ...

Why rush redrafting districts?

What’s the rush? That is the question U.S. Supreme Court justices ought to be asking judges on a federal court in Ohio. Ohio’s congressional district boundaries must be redrawn, the three-judge panel has ordered. Its members contend the current districts represent unconstitutional ...

Deadline to redraw districts invites mistakes

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...