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Editorials

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 ...

Is gun control a one-sided fight?

Is gun control a one-sided fight? Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on ...

The Mueller Report

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

Gov’t. secrets or info being kept from us?

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons, ...

DeWine’s budget proposals need cut

Ohio lawmakers have a tough job on their hands, as Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget proposals exceed mandatory spending growth limits and must be cut. Budget advisers are also expecting revenue collection to be lower than DeWine anticipated. There are a lot of good, necessary spending projects in ...

Can Notre Dame truly be restored

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

Issue an initial report on Strauss

It is easy to understand why Ohio State University officials have not yet released a report on their investigation of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, despite the fact it has been a year since his misdeeds came to light. Strauss, who had been a doctor working with some of OSU’s sports teams, ...

We need to know why FBI spied on Trump

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress this week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Cuba still has long way to go

Former President Barack Obama seemed to believe that treating Cuba’s totalitarian regime as if it were not an enemy of liberty would encourage the country’s leaders to live up to our chief executive’s hopes. That did not happen. News of a breakthrough in allowing Cubans at least some ...

Will Ohio motorists see lower plate fees?

Alone among states in the region, Ohio requires car and truck owners to purchase and display license plates on the rear and front of their vehicles — but not for long. A bill signed into law this week by Gov. Mike DeWine increases vehicle fuel taxes in Ohio. State taxes will go up to 38.5 ...

To those who focus on driving, thank you

The following research concerning texting and driving arrived via email Monday, but it’s wasn’t an April Fool’s Day prank. The release, from AAA Ohio Auto Club, states, “Nearly half (49 percent) of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving and nearly 35 ...

Observe impact of tax hike, revisit it if needed

It appears motorists filling up in Ohio will be paying more for their gasoline and diesel fuel. State legislators and Gov. Mike DeWine have negotiated a compromise on higher fuel taxes. Another 10.5 cents per gallon will be added to the state tax on gasoline. Diesel fuel will go up by 18 ...

Strive to serve children better

Gov. Mike DeWine has proclaimed April as the “Month of the Young Child” throughout the state. Reportedly, he wants to use the time to draw attention to his multiple initiatives intended to make children’s lives better. There is much to do, starting with making the lives of some children ...

Take a time out on wind projects

The sun is to set June 30 on a tax break for any future wind-energy projects in Seneca County. While it doesn’t pull the plug on current wind farms planned for our area, it does flip off the switch regarding tax breaks for further wind-energy development — and allow county commissioners to ...

Hidden taxes add different ‘green’ to this deal

New York politicians have given Americans one more reason to be leery of so-called “environmental” initiatives. Too often, they are grabs for money and power. A new state budget about to be adopted by the Empire State’s legislature includes a ban on use of plastic bags. Liberal ...