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Editorials

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 ...

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 ...