Editorials

Teaching students how to be healthy

Teaching our children how to enjoy healthy lifestyles, both in the positive sense of doing things like eating right and in the negative of avoiding hazards such as tobacco and illicit drugs, ought to be a priority in public schools. But Ohio is the only state that has no health education ...

‘Happy birthday’ to the best nation in the world

"The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God ...

Rewarding effort to save elephants

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

Preventing attacks on religion in U.S.

We in modern America must be doing pretty well for ourselves. Otherwise, why would some of us be preoccupied with imagining threats that don’t really exist to our freedom, health and wellbeing? U.S. Supreme Court justices — seven of the nine, anyway — may be heading toward the ...

Bridging the benefits cliff gap in America

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20 percent of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with ...

Give back tax money in new state budget

Ohio legislators are on the clock this week, as they try to find common ground on a two-year state budget. It must be on Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk by Sunday. Buckeye State residents will get a tax break under the new $69 billion budget. The only question is: How much? State senators have ...

Monitor kids around the pool

Pool season is in full swing, with children and adults laughing and screaming. But the laughing and screaming of children playing in the water can quickly turn tragic. More than 300 children younger than age 5 drown every year in swimming pool accidents across the country, and more than 3,200 ...

Yes, the election season is upon us

Anyone who thinks that the campaign seasons have gotten longer and longer during the past several election cycles has certainly had his or her suspicions confirmed this year. Last week , for example, President Donald Trump officially said that he would be seeking re-election in 2020. This ...

Encourage higher education options

About a year ago, a respected national university began offering Ohioans new options for higher education. They can take online courses to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields where there are excellent career opportunities. They can save money in the process. What’s not to ...

I am proud to have supported HB 6

Recently in the Ohio House of Representatives I voted to pass Ohio House Bill 6. This legislation passed with 10 Democratic votes in a rare but important demonstration of bipartisan cooperation. While it seems the two parties in Washington can find little to nothing to work together on, here in ...