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Editorials

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 ...

Trump was right to eliminate a murderer

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin Laden ...

Stop politicizing and start the trial

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Without evidence ...

Parents must supervise their kids more closely

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physical and online, the Cincinnati Police Department can provide one. Recently, Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one of its busiest days of the season. ...

Party labels should be kept off judicial ballots

Ohioans should vote for the best people to serve them in the judiciary, not for the political party they prefer. The state’s system of nonpartisan elections for judges and state Supreme Court justices is a step in that direction. Some in the General Assembly think Ohio ought to take a step ...

Church must get serious about cleanup

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

Strive to make 2020 a great year

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us … but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Our New Year message: Don’t Drink and Drive!

The message is one we feel obliged to repeat this time each year. There are some people across our country, across our state and across our own area who will awaken today with a brand new year in the offing helped along with a drink or more. There will be so much promise and anticipation for ...

For the sake of others please get a flu shot

Haven’t gotten around to getting that flu shot yet? Some of you reading this probably figure that since you are young and strong you would not have any trouble fighting off a bout with influenza? Or, maybe regardless of your age, thinking that since you usually don’t get sick or can’t ...

Meet swiftly any Taliban resurgence

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported last week. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from ...

Rosa Parks statue is deserved recognition

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...