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Editorials

Arts and entertainment need plenty of assistance

In April of this year, the unemployment rate for those in Ohio’s arts and entertainment sector was 21%. Though employment in the sector improved a bit by May, the damage of more than a year of pandemic-related closures is clear. According to a report by Ohio Citizens for the Arts, its members ...

Legislators should restore funds for broadband in state budget

Members of the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate are scrambling this week in a mad-dash sprint to the finish line of an approximate $74 billion state spending plan for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Time’s up for fiscal year 2021 at midnight Wednesday, so if legislators are to beat the ...

Employers should be allowed to run their own businesses

There was a time when Republicans tended to be pro-business conservatives who understood that when it comes to government meddling, less is more. Yet in Ohio, pending legislation in the House of Representatives would tell both public AND private employers they are prohibited from requiring ...

Ohio Guard members deserve our gratitude

It’s hard to overstate how much we owe the men and women who sign up to serve in the armed forces. They are willing to sacrifice their very lives for the rest of us. They are willing to do whatever is asked. In the case of those in the Ohio National Guard and State Defense Force, the mission ...

Pushing climate proposals will produce consequences

During a Congressional hearing last week, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., hosted a panel of experts to help lawmakers focus on the costs of moving too quickly in our effort to address the health of our environment and the transition of our economy. At the forefront of the discussion was not ...

Preserving Ohio’s treasured places

Last month, Preservation Ohio released its list of the sites to be added to the state’s most endangered historic locations. Included on the list were the Price House in Jackson, the Keyser-Swain House in Cuyahoga Falls, the Henry County Cultural Center in Napoleon, the Historic Ford ...

Need to do a better job with prisoners

It seems common sense: Prisons are meant to discipline criminals by keeping them locked away from the rest of society. The function of a prison is to keep the inmates, well, imprisoned. But according to a recent Associated Press report, our nation’s minimum-security federal prison facilities ...

Ohio needs to use the Rescue Funds wisely

In the shell game that is American Rescue Plan spending, taxpayers have already seen plenty of head-scratchers as states receive federal money … that they plan to use to pay back federal loans. It almost seems as though the folks in Washington, D.C., could have just skipped a step. But given ...

Inconsiderate drivers lead to aggressive behavior

By this point in 2020, there had been 407 deaths on Ohio’s roads. This year there have been 507. So what is to blame for the horrifying increase in the number of deadly traffic crashes: OVI? distracted driving? Not exactly. “A lot of the problems we are dealing with is not only the ...

Ohio Attorney General should keep on digging

King Bureaucracy and its partners in the private sector have become masters at bleeding taxpayers’ dry — a little here, a little there, a little hidden in this pile of red tape, a little disguised as that “service” … the possibilities are endless. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has ...