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Editorials

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 ...

Positive economic reports received

Seneca County received two pieces of good economic news recently. One involves the local jobless rate. As reported on today’s front page, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in February. And it looks like March might bring a positive jobless report; an article in Sunday’s ...

Facade program changes attitude

The city of Tiffin’s facade enhancement program — which provides a 50-percent match of funds up to $10,000 for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district — seemed unlikely when in began in 2014. After all, spending ...

Russian meddling remains a threat

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Release Mueller’s report

Attorney General William Barr should have no doubt in his mind about what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report: Release it. Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Barr makes the report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national ...

Survivor exhibits courage

We tip our cap today to the courageous survivor of human trafficking who shared her story Thursday evening. Lindsay — who was trafficked for seven years and has been free for about the past two — addressed students, professors and community members on the Heidelberg University campus. ...

Dewine trying a different approach to drugs

Ohioans may remember that while serving as the attorney general, Mike DeWine said of the drug abuse epidemic: “We can’t arrest our way out of this.” Now, DeWine is governor and he wants to put the state’s money where his mouth is — with a well thought-out, comprehensive campaign ...

DeWine lets locals decide priorities

Give Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken Tuesday in Belmont County: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in Belmont County to talk with local officials ...

Don’t rely on luck this weekend

For some celebrants, not all of whom are Irish, St. Patrick’s Day weekend has begun. That’s right, weekend. Especially because St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday this year, some people will be celebrating it well before March 17. As our friends at Seneca County Safe Communities note, St. ...

Failure to gain traction troubling

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by his fellow Ohioans as a disappointment — and by Democrats all over the nation as an alarm ...

Congress should help fight ‘spoofing’

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we may know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Keep fuel tax issue separate

Like many other states, Ohio has a semi-transparent system of funding highway and bridge maintenance and construction. The vast majority of state funding for the purpose comes from a tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. More than a billion dollars a year is derived from that source. Gov. Mike ...

Disagree over the amount, but not the need

Telling constituents it is going to cost them $2-$4 more every time they fill their gasoline tanks is not a prospect likely to appeal to many Ohio legislators. So it is no wonder there has been a distinct lack of enthusiasm for Gov. Mike DeWine’s suggestion that the state increase its tax on ...

Landfill’s future up in the air

How many readers expected Seneca County General Health District board members Thursday to approve — unanimously — a resolution to issue a notice of intent to deny an operating license for Sunny Farms Landfill? Perhaps it surprised you, not because of the two-part nature of the resolution ...

Trust, but verify if Kim is sincere

Let us hope President Donald Trump agrees with his predecessor Ronald Reagan’s policy in dealing with promises of disarmament: “Trust, but verify.” To that, Trump ought to add, “and quickly.” In pursuit of the worthy goal of lessening the threat to peace posed by North Korea, ...

Gas tax proposal opens way to action

Because nearly everyone who votes also drives a car or truck, most politicians are afraid to suggest increasing taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. Give new Gov. Mike DeWine credit for having the courage to do just that. DeWine wants legislators to increase fuel taxes by 18 cents per gallon, ...

DeWine wants warrants served quickly

Too often, we hear of violent crimes committed by people who ought to have been behind bars instead of finding new victims. Gov. Mike DeWine wants to do something about that in the Buckeye State. This month, DeWine announced he has created a task force to look into how arrest warrants are ...

Consider giving Muthana a second chance

One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A few ...

Enforce existing gun laws

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Correct error in new gun law ASAP

Quite a few law-abiding Ohio gun owners may find themselves running afoul of a new state law because of an error in how it was drafted. State legislators should correct the statute as soon as possible. Lawmakers approved what should have been a mere housekeeping bill, to bring state law into ...