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Editorials

‘Immorality’ doesn’t play into policies

During visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Sunday, Pope Francis pronounced that, “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral.” He added, “As is the possession of atomic weapons.” For many years, the Roman Catholic Church seemed to sanction policies by the United ...

Collaboration good for citizens of Ohio

Politicians are accused often of being too loyal to their respective party lines to work together effectively. Indeed, it sometimes seems as if officeholders are more interested in protecting their own bureaucratic turf than in efficiency on behalf of the public. But in Ohio, two state ...

Legislature or court should take up case

A substantial number of people who once were unwavering supporters of capital punishment have become opponents. Their conviction that some vicious criminals should pay the ultimate price remains firm. But revelations that a substantial number of people convicted of crimes were innocent ...

A heartfelt thanks on this special day

There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...

Plan for sports betting in Ohio

“(Gov. Mike DeWine) does believe that sports betting is coming and it’s important to do this through the legislative process,” said press secretary Dan Tierney, according to Legal Sports Report. DeWine is probably right, but his reason for wanting to get lawmakers involved, according to ...

United States shouldn’t meddle in Iran oil woes

In comparison to this country, Iran has some of the lowest gasoline prices in the world, at about 39 cents per gallon. But they are going up to about 50 cents — and stiff rationing is being instituted. Drivers buying more than 13 gallons per week will have to pay twice the minimum. How is ...

Voting security consistency vital in Ohio elections

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose was correct in his directives to increase election security in all 88 counties. And now with the 2020 presidential election closing in, LaRose said Ohio is prepared. “When the eyes of the world are on Ohio next year, we’ll be ready,” LaRose ...

Online teacher right to alert the authorities

Teachers are much more than simply conveyors of knowledge. For many students they truly do serve as guardian, parental figures. That instinct does not change, even for teachers whose classrooms are of the virtual variety. And just as teachers in traditional classrooms find themselves ...

Don’t forget fire safety for the winter season

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is reminding Buckeye State residents there is also an increased need for ...

Leniency without conditions unwise

A bill being promoted by Ohio state Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, is meant to both reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase penalties for drug dealers, though it is not necessarily being touted as a means to help those in the grip of addiction recover their ...