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Editorials

Taxation should be difficult

Ohio state legislators may be coming to understand the truth of an old warning: No good deed goes unpunished. Some lawmakers have been considering a proposal that the state constitution be amended to make it more difficult for the General Assembly to increase taxes. On the face of it, that ...

Back-up plan is a must for ‘first’ digital census

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

How can we help protect our police?

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

The surest sign of spring is arriving

Forget what anyone has told you. Forget that Punxsutawney Phil last Sunday predicted we would have an early spring. Pay no attention to the caterpillars or the information contained on the pages of any almanac. The surest sign that spring is nearly upon us happens this week when pitchers and ...

Nation should use Iowa as a warning

These days, it seems as if there is an app for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

This month is a time for reflection

Black History Month 2020 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “African Americans and the Vote” is the theme selected by the Association for the Study of African American ...

Democratic tech fell well short in caucuses

Patience, urged Republican Party officials in Iowa earlier this week. Give the Democrats time to ensure results of political party caucuses on nominees for president are reported accurately. Give GOP officials credit for adopting a “there but for the grace of God go I” policy. But ...

Lower-yield nukes needed for security

For generations, the U.S. nuclear arsenal was viewed as the ultimate deterrent. No one would dare attack us, we thought, out of fear of massive retaliation. But deterrence requires that a potential foe believe we might use powerful weapons. The very strength of some nuclear devices makes that ...

Continue to rate schools from A-F

Ohio public education officials are talking about how the state’s “report card” system of rating schools can be improved. No doubt the evaluations can be made better. But one thing should stay the same. Letter grades, from A-F, are used to rate how well schools are doing in various ...

Leave fireworks rules alone in Ohio

Why is it that some laws intended to protect the public result in accusations that legislators who refuse to repeal them are being spoilsports? Ohio’s ban on many types of “consumer fireworks” is an example. While many states, including West Virginia, have rescinded such prohibitions, ...

Fed funding not a full solution

It is encouraging to hear news of a $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund meant to help areas including in our region get broadband access. But before we get too wide-eyed about that figure, take note of something U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, said. There are 215,000 eligible points ...

Ensure security of patient records

Ohio’s medicinal marijuana program seemed to be operating without a hitch — until last week. Then, a Seattle internet privacy company revealed it had been able to access confidential information online about more than 30,000 medicinal marijuana patients in several states. The company, ...

Crackdown displays the right attitude

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. A week ago Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two ...

Here is some good news to appreciate

While there is plenty of bad news around the world when we talk about the health of plant and animal species — some are endangered, others are pests ... some are gone forever — researchers stumbled upon something surprising last year in Ohio. According to the Ohio Department of Natural ...

Americans are owed complete Senate trial

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by Democrat ...

Navy paying a long-deserved tribute to a World War II hero

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

Police chief fails leadership test

Many questioned the leadership decisions Port Clinton police Chief Rob Hickman made in the days immediately after the Dilly family reported 14-year-old Harley Dilly missing. Port Clinton is located along Lake Erie, about 35 miles east of Toledo. The chief of that community appeared to lack ...

Honoring Dr. King and a wish for unity among us

During the past few years, it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. Example: allegations that some law enforcement officers and agencies treat African-Americans differently than whites have brought to the surface complaints that had simmered for ...

Americans are owed complete Senate trial

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by Democrat ...

Lock this predator up for as long as possible

Even if he serves the full 42 years in prison that may be imposed for his crimes, Nicholas Cochran could be a threat to society once he is discharged. He is only 28 years old. Cochran, of Lima, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to charges including sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl. A plea ...