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Editorials

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 ...

Give new polling machines to proper test today

Ordinarily, Election Day is when we urge voters to cast their ballots. And we do so again today. Today’s primary election brings two key differences, however. For one, there are no statewide or countywide issues — or even citywide elections in Tiffin and Fostoria. In all, voters in 13 ...

Remember the name of Riley Howell

There is a desire, shared by many in the news media, that the identities of those who seek notoriety through acts of infamy quickly will fade from memory. There is, however, a name associated with an attack Tuesday at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte that deserves to be ...

Grant can help protect officers

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Don’t neglect larger employers

Ohio state Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, is excited about the record number of new businesses being established in the Buckeye State — more than 13,700 new filings in March alone. That is part of a long trend of increases in new business filings, for which Obhof hopes to give ...

Agencies reacted properly to report about teen

A friend of Sol Pais, the 18-year-old Floridian who set off a hunt for her because of concern she might intend to do harm to others, says law enforcement authorities overreacted. “She never threatened anyone. There are no credible threats and only assumptions that she was (a threat) just ...

Substance abuse issue is evolving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.2 of every 100,000 deaths in Ohio in 2017 were opioid-related overdoses. That rate is second only to West Virginia’s. To combat the problem, Ohio State University will lead a group of experts and six universities in spending a ...

So, what is going on in N Korea?

What was North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s game last Wednesday, in publicizing the fact his military had test-fired a new type of rocket? That is difficult to discern — but it is clear his intent was not to reassure anyone he is eager to dismantle his arsenal. One interesting aspect of ...