Fireworks

There will come a time when Ohioans will be able to light firecrackers and shoot bottle rockets into the air without breaking the law. But making fireworks legal deserves thorough consideration because of the safety risks involved. Proper vetting didn’t happen with Senate Bill 386. It was not even introduced...

Redistricting

Legislators put off the most important issue of the lame-duck session for the last day of the 130th General Assembly, approving a redistricting plan that seemed unlikely to surface a month ago, let alone pass. The state’s much-maligned map-making process has hounded lawmakers for years. Despite being divided...

Lost opportunity

Ohio’s well-publicized heroin and opiate problems have not gone away, and may get worse before they get better. Yet, much has been done to try to break the cycle. Legislation was passed this year that, among other things, allows more addicts to receive treatment and have access to medications that can help...

Public records

Since 2008, elected officials have been required to complete a training class on the state’s public records and open meetings laws during each term in office. Three-hour classes, conducted by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and held around the state, are designed to enhance officials’...

Thumbs

UP: Ohio is already criss-crossed with pipelines, primarily because the state has long been a place where oil and gas have been “harvested” right along with corn and soybeans. The oil and gas have to get to market somehow. Now, there are plans for another line, the Rover Pipeline, to be routed through...

The busy season

Don’t look at the calendar if you still have most of your holiday shopping to do. Or 12 dozen cookies to bake. Or if the Christmas cards haven’t been mailed. But while there may be much left to do and little time left to do it in, even in the hurry-up pace of the holidays, it makes sense to pause a bit...

Dog shooting

The shooting of a dog in Findlay should serve as a reminder of the responsibilities of pet ownership, not just an opportunity to question the police response. There may never be consensus on whether police Capt. Sean Young reacted properly when he shot Chase, a boxer he found to be aggressive on Dec. 3, or if...
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