Editorial

Compromise on gas hike seems about right

t appears motorists filling up in Ohio will be paying more for their gasoline and diesel fuel. State legislators and Gov. Mike DeWine reportedly have negotiated a compromise on higher fuel taxes. If it is enacted, another 10.5 cents per gallon will be added to the state tax on gasoline. ...

Health care changes still sorely needed

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Hazing remains a national problem

Whatever it takes to stop vicious, dangerous hazing by college and university fraternities needs to be done — by both higher education officials and law enforcement agencies. Another disturbing report came out this week, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There, a student said he was ...

Serving Ohio’s children better

Ohio 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 ...

Smollett case smacks of clearcut favoritism

Television actor Jussie Smollett lied when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago, police maintain. They say he used two accomplices to stage the assault, in a bid for publicity he may have hoped would help his career. Yet, Smollett will serve no time behind bars ...

Despite report, threats exist to our democracy

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. We now know there was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the ...

More probes of Mueller report will serve no one

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it, and at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to all those who trash the sides of our roads. Why do you degrade the land Jesus gave us to use. Instead of degrading this land, cherish it! SPANKS, writes a reader, to the Hancock County Board of Education. What a disappointment in board memers you think you elected ...

Ban smoking in cars when kids are riding

Many Ohio legislators are concerned enough about the lives of the unborn pushing for a ban on abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Surely such compassion extends to protecting the health of children after they are born. Lawmakers can do that by enacting state Senate ...

It’s time to stop criticism of McCain

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn, well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects. McCain was, like ...