Editorials

Sexual assaults at big colleges too common

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Take part in elections and stay on the record

In a partisan 5-4 split, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving how Ohio purges voting rolls. The 1993 National Voter Registration Act requires states to attempt to remove people who have moved or died from voter rolls. Ohio does this by notifying by mail people who failed to cast ...

Weigh the arguments on tax issue

Marietta city officials are telling the citizens of the city that it is time for a change. On Thursday they will vote to put another income tax increase proposal on the November general election ballot, asking for a raise of the current 1.7 percent income tax to 1.85 percent. Last spring a ...

Immigration plan could be a fair compromise

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as next week. House ...

Money in inactive accounts should be put to use

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

The flag is a symbol of us as a nation

Today is Flag Day, on which really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it ...

Added uncertainty on ACA provision

Polls consistently show that Republicans and Democrats agree about the need to protect the health coverage of those Americans with pre-existing conditions. For all the division over the Affordable Care Act, both sides favor its provision barring insurers from denying coverage based on a ...

Standing is a sign of respect

Should citizens of the United States stand during the playing or singing of the national anthem? Yes, it is a sign of respect. If the tune does not move you, that's fine. It is simply a sign of respect. Should NFL players stand for the anthem at the beginning of games? Yes, in this ...

Court is no day at the beach

Going to court is serious business. The days of powdered wigs may be behind us, but courtrooms are still far from casual environments. And that is what leads at least one Lucas County judge to warn the public, defendants, and witnesses each summer that she will not tolerate inappropriate ...

ECOT secrets aren’t Ok

Much more remains to be learned about the fiasco that was the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Ohio. Among issues that need to be investigated thoroughly is whether ECOT officials relied on taxpayers for hush money meant to quash reports of scandal. ECOT, founded in 2000 as an online ...

Ensuring an effective immigration policy

A massive raid on a gardening and landscaping company in northern Ohio is a reminder that many illegal immigrants would not be in our country without active encouragement from a few unscrupulous business owners. More than 200 federal agents arrested 114 people in the raid on Tuesday. They ...

Suspensions indicate a bigger problem

Ohio state senators have approved a bill banning public schools from sending young children into out-of-school suspensions for commiting minor infractions. Is such a law really needed? Judge for yourself: During the past two years, about 35,000 Ohio elementary school students have been ...

Practice safety at public, private pools

Pool season is here. But the laughing and screaming of kids playing in the water can quickly turn tragic. More than 300 kids younger than age 5 drown every year in swimming pool accidents across the country, and more than 3,200 go to a hospital emergency room after a near drowning. A ...

Civil talk should be used more

Seems like the latest news has been spiced up with innuendos, profane remarks, and just down right crudeness. What’s going on? We suppose we shouldn’t be surprised much given the sources of such “trash talking.” We know it exists, but doesn’t mean we have to hear it all the time, ...

Ohio could benefit from sports betting if done right

Ohio officials are being urged by some to jump on the sports betting bandwagon. Actually, though, there are multiple routes to permitting wagers on athletic events, not just one. In other words, there are several bandwagons. Hopping on the wrong one would be a mistake. Earlier this month, ...

American Dream is real for immigrants

The American Dream” is an abstract concept for many of us, meaning something different as years go by and things change. For many citizens who were born in this country whose family’s immigrants are many years gone, it may barely be more than a patriotic cliche. For others, like Maria ...

Teachers ready to protect

What happened at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., last week could have been much, much worse had Jason Seaman not risked his own life to protect his students. Seaman, 29, was teaching his class when a student with a gun entered and opened fire. He shot a 13-year-old girl, who was hurt ...

Foster parents deserve our thanks

May is Foster Parent Awareness Month, and it is a good time to thank those foster parents who open their hearts and homes to children. Many of the children placed in foster care may never have felt safe and secure inside a home. They may not understand what a loving family is all ...

New pool at Caldwell a success story

Before we get too far into the summer heat, we want to take a moment to congratulate the people of Noble County who brought the Happy Time pool off the drawing board and into reality. The pool is now open at the Noble County fairgrounds. Based on the opening weekend, the public really enjoyed ...

Gone, but never forgotten

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...