Editorials

Hospital deaths show need for better monitoring

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in the ...

Remember not just the day, but the meaning

This week’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of France during World War II, is about much more than that single military campaign, important as it was. It is about understanding why it is fitting to view the generation of men and women who won the war and wrote ...

Dynasty only way to describe Flashes softball

Dynasty is the only word, really, that can be used to describe what the Champion Golden Flashes softball team has accomplished in recent memory. Putting the crowning touches on that dynasty was winning the team’s third consecutive Division III state championship title Saturday by defeating ...

Make plans now to get students vaccinated by fall

Decreasing numbers of children receiving important vaccinations before entering public school have become such a problem that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to get a handle on the numbers. That is proving difficult, as there is no real mechanism for tracking ...

Protect those who report wrongdoing

Whistleblowers — people who report wrongdoing in either the public or private sectors to the authorities — deserve protection from retaliation. But in Ohio, a 2013 Franklin County Court of Appeals ruling is viewed by many as having weakened such safeguards. A bill introduced in the state ...

Sex crime cases shouldn’t have time limits

If they can escape justice for 20 years after sexually assaulting someone, rapists in Ohio are home free. Their victims are not. A statute of limitations in the Buckeye State bars prosecutions for rape more than 20 years after the offense was committed. Even if police and prosecutors know ...

Immigration immunity for all not logical

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

Need for rail commission questionable

Shortcomings came to light when community leaders and owners of a large tract of industrial property last year attempted unsuccessfully to convince the federal Surface Transportation Board to block the abandonment of 14 miles of rail line proposed by CSX. It was May 2018 when CSX filed the ...

Orchids and onions – June 1 2019

• ORCHID: To all those involved in the coordination of posthumously awarding the Purple Heart Medal to Private First Class Joseph G. Chicko, 25, who lost his life July 4, 1944, in a battle in France. In giving his life for his country, this very deserved honor was past due. • ORCHID: To ...

US should play role in Middle East peace

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them, too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Sound off – June 1, 2019

William D. Packard’s dream of music played in the city he loved was certainly enjoyed by those in attendance for the Memorial Day Remembrance. Thank you to all who performed. You are truly amazing! And for those of you who don’t attend Packard concerts, you are missing one the finest gifts ...

Learn from Beijing’s threats

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

Cuts likely favored by Niles voters

Voters in Niles have shown little faith in their school leaders. Not only have they defeated recent repeated attempts at large additional levies and at least one try at a new substitution levy, now voters this month defeated a sorely needed renewal levy. As we see it, voters are sending a ...

Shortcuts not the answer for immigration

It has been said and written that horror stories about the 1980 Mariel Boatlift were exaggerated. Of the about 125,000 Cubans who left their island and came here then, only a small percentage were criminals set free from jails and patients released from mental hospitals by then-Cuban dictator ...

Use tragedy to review law’s limits

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking Ohio lawmakers to consider abolishing the state’s statute of limitations for sexual assault. His inspiration is the revelation that the late Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused nearly 180 male Ohio State University students between 1979 and 1998. Though it is a moot ...

End trade war without need for surrender

So, you’re sitting at your kitchen table one evening when a brainstorm hits: You’ve come up with a new way to manufacture a much-used product. Your technology is cheaper than anything currently in use. You’ll patent it, open a factory and be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Unless the ...

Monitor the ‘American Taliban’

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

We may not know details, yet we honor

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

City worker case exposes bigger issues

We are appalled with the way in which Warren’s elected and appointed leaders are handling allegations that a city operations department worker misused city equipment and his time on the clock, brought to light this month by area media. City worker Celestino DiVieste is alleged in a ...

Use 737 Max as learning experience

Federal Aviation Administration acting Chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat last week — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max ...