Editorial

Living the credo: ‘To protect and to serve’

No one can say with certainty what would have happened had Hancock County sheriff’s deputies not reacted as they did to “shots fired” calls Wednesday night. One woman was shot to death and three others were wounded by a gunman, however — so what did occur was bad enough. Had the ...

New gun law effectiveness should be part of discussion

A 33-year-old Southern California man’s murderous rampage last Wednesday was a reminder of the futility of relying on gun control laws to curb violence. He used knives to kill four people in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. After the man was apprehended, one police official described him as ...

Always practice smart farming techniques

Got a problem? Blame climate change. Sometimes, it seems that is the knee-jerk reaction to many of the challenges facing humankind. Now, feeding the world’s 7.5 billion people is being linked to climate change. A new United Nations report maintains, in the words of one of its co-authors, ...

DeWine’s gun proposals should be debate topics

Gov. Mike DeWine wants Ohio legislators to consider new limits on firearms ownership. They include more background checks for gun buyers and potential power by courts to restrict access to weapons by those thought to be threats. It never hurts to talk about whether existing laws can be ...

Stop the false outrage, academia

Academia makes a good show of standing up for the oppressed, championing the rights of the most vulnerable, advocating for victims … until it comes time to put their money where their false outrage has been. In the case of Ohio State University, there will be a lot of money to pay when the ...

Some guidance for college-bound students

Schools will be starting soon and although when it comes to safety and students, the first thought — and certainly merited — usually regards the safety of younger children. But older students will be off to college soon. And their safety should be a consideration especially for the ...

Improving health care in rural areas

Local residents are fortunate to have high-quality medical care available to us at hospitals in our population centers. But there are plenty of people in our region living far enough away from those population centers that a trip to the doctor — particularly in an urgent or emergency ...

Preventing more mass murders

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton and El Paso committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been suggested by ...

Make drug abuse crisis villains pay

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are…” In reply, a sales representative for ...

Not jumping to militarize communities the right call

In what sounds as though it might have been, shall we call it, a difference of opinion between Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, Gov. Mike DeWine was roped in about the best way to handle an escalation in violent crimes in the city. In fact, Deters ...