Highway fund

One way or the other, Congress must plug a $20 billion hole in the Highway Trust Fund before it dries up. The fund is the primary source of money for the nation’s major highway construction projects, including several in Ohio. The Interstate 75 widening project, for example, has been approved and is to start...

‘Red’ Rinebolt

It’s most appropriate that Thursday’s memorial service for Judge Richard J. Rinebolt will take place at the Hancock County Courthouse. That is, after all, where Rinebolt presided as a common pleas court judge between 1977 and 1990. Even after he retired, Rinebolt didn’t vacate the premises,...

Thumbs

UP: In a swing state like Ohio, running elections efficiently and smoothly is critical. A recent study from the Pew Charitable Trusts organization ranks the state 24th for its election performance in 2012, up 13 spots from 2008. The study found voters only had to wait an average of 11 minutes to vote, down from 16...

Transparency

Ohio’s budget may be balanced, but officials aren’t doing a very good job of allowing the public to see its online checkbook. The state is ranked fifth worst in the country when it comes to government spending transparency, according to “Following the Money 2014,” the fifth annual report by...

Bill Frack

If life is kind, probably the most we can expect to leave behind are a loving family, faithful friends, respectful co-workers, sweet memories, and a few dollars. It’s a lot. For Bill Frack, life has been very kind in many ways. A quiet man, he parlayed his investments into a life savings of more than $20...

Unacceptable

If the Blanchard River flood-control project is on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “A” list, we’d hate to see the “B” list. Area residents have a right to feel jilted, if not betrayed, now that the corps, in an early Wednesday morning press conference, disclosed that our...

Battle on

As the Associated Press series which concluded Tuesday showed, heroin is not just Ohio’s problem. One story detailed the struggles of Cody Lewis, a 21-year-old who started using illegal drugs at 12. Now in treatment, he is still fighting addictions. Once thought to be the drug of choice in inner cities and...
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