Opinion

Find ways to slow fetal deaths

Editorial

Across the country, one in 167 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth. That translates to a fetal mortality rate in the U.S. of about 3.98 per 1,000 pregnancies. But in Ohio, the rate is 4.39 per 1,000. Ohio’s Department of Health is working to do something about that, and has partnered with ...

Preventing attacks on religion in U.S.

Local Columns

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 ...

Give back tax money in new state budget

Editorial

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 ...

Yes, the election season is upon us

Editorial

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

Editorial

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 ...

Info meeting on health care and aging planned

Local Columns

My position as a state representative allows me to meet with advocacy groups that represent a variety of organizations ranging from local funding and farming to education and health care. Many times, these meetings provide me with information on resources available at the local level for the ...

Legislation could weaken push for help

Editorial

Lawmakers who have introduced legislation to reduce the seriousness of drug possession crimes should rethink their plan, largely because it takes away often needed options for prosecutors and judges. Senate Bill 3, a criminal justice reform bill introduced in February by Ohio Senators Sean ...

If Mexico asks, US should give help at the border

Editorial

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to attempt to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from Mexico ...

Understanding is a real key with political dealings

Editorial

It has become obvious that unbending partisanship leads only to gridlock in Washington. Gaining a name for willingness to listen to those of the opposite party rather than dismiss them out of hand because of their formal political allegiance is the way to get things done in Congress. Ohioans ...

Actively promoting freedom of religion is worth a look

Editorial

Government’s role regarding freedom of religion often is viewed as a passive one, that it shall “make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” That is, government is not to support any faith over others. But what if freedom of faith is threatened in the most fundamental way ...