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Editorials

Legislation warranted for safety

Why is it that some laws intended to protect the public result in accusations that legislators who refuse to repeal them are being spoilsports? Ohio’s ban on many types of “consumer fireworks” is an example. While many states, including West Virginia, have rescinded such prohibitions, ...

Justice always must be kept colorblind

It may be impossible to devise a foolproof safeguard against bias on the part of jurors in criminal trials. This week, Keith Tharpe reminded us why we need to keep trying. Tharpe, 61, died this week in a Georgia prison — still under a death sentence dating back to 1991. He was convicted ...

Concern about new diseases very warranted

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? As of Sunday, Chinese officials had said the death toll in a ...

Warren must stop plan for city impound lot

Warren’s proposed plan to implement a city-owned impound lot for towed automobiles will start the city down a slippery slope of policing for profit and will create government-run competition for tax-paying private industry within the city. City leaders must stop discussions of the plan ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Howland Township trustees for voting to rescind an outdated resolution that prohibited use of electronic signs. The move is intended to be beneficial to businesses — particularly small businesses. It’s likely also to satisfy other larger businesses, like Meijer, considering ...

America must set priorities on aid of others

The Associated Press reported this week that U.S. officials are considering reductions in the number of our military personnel in Africa, at a time when extremist violence is increasing on the continent. Such consideration is “a move that worries (U.S.) international partners who are working ...