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Keep it public

Technology has changed the way private business operates, but when it comes to the public’s business, certain “old school” rules must be maintained. One fundamental one, involving the public’s right to be present during discussions of official matters, is in jeopardy in a case now before...

Good old days

We have much thanks left over from Thanksgiving because we believe life rarely has been this good in these parts. Few generations have been able to say that. But, we can. For example, consider that there aren’t many places in the Rust Belt, or even in the Sun Belt, that can boast full employment. Wait a...

Thumbs

UP: Thanksgiving always brings out the generosity in people. This year is no exception with free dinners being offered in Findlay, Fostoria and Mount Blanchard. Traditional feasts are planned at Findlay’s StoneBridge Church from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, and at the Hurricane Pub, 108 N. Main St., Mount...

D-plus

Even with a grain of salt, a recent report from the Center for Public Integrity casts a shadow on Ohio. The report, issued earlier this month, looked at 13 categories of laws and practices common to each state. It concluded that state governments, as a whole, are “plagued by conflicts of interests and cozy...

Inside politics

Elections for Hancock County Republican and Democratic central committee seats will take place in each of the county’s 60 precincts in the March 15 primary. But, if past elections are any indication, most of the ballots will list just one name, or none. There will be no public debates; few, if any yard...

Redistricting

Ohio voters made it clear Nov. 3 it was time to make elections fairer and more competitive. The fact Issue 1 passed in all 88 counties and by 71 percent of the vote suggests the majority is tired of the same old same old in state politics. While the changes in how Ohio will draw its 99 House and 33 Senate...

Aaron’s Law

Ohio has a “good Samaritan” law which provides protection from lawsuits to people who give first aid or other emergency care to someone suffering an injury or sudden illness. But, in light of the state’s drug problem, the law needs to be expanded to provide a level of criminal immunity to those...
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