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Ohio provides too many ways for officials to keep the public from knowing what their government is up to. The state’s public records and open meetings laws, once among the best in the country, have been eroded in recent years. There are so many bills that it’s hard to keep up with the changes. Often,...

Lifesavers

Each year, about 380,000 Americans of all ages die of sudden cardiac arrest, making it the leading cause of death in this country. Fortunately, Bloomdale’s Ron Rook proved sudden cardiac arrest doesn’t have to be fatal. Through what some are calling divine intervention, Rook suffered a heart attack,...

Jail standards

Now that an update of Ohio’s minimum jail standards is nearly complete, the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections must ensure jails comply with the new rules. The state has a spotty jail inspection record at best. Relatively few have occurred since 2008. In 2011, corrections officials asked jails to...

Thumbs

UP: Something good could rise in the space left by the Seneca County Courthouse in downtown Tiffin. Plans for a combined court building to house Seneca County Common Pleas Court and the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court are moving forward after a feasibility study was presented this week. The building would cost...

Merger talks, Findlay recognition

The on, then off, discussions between Findlay and Hancock County officials about combining health departments appear to be on again. While that isn’t necessarily something to get excited about, considering such talks have been going on for years, there appear to be signs that this might be the time a merger...

Stepping stone

The $1.5 million budgeted by the Army Corps of Engineers for the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Study is a drop in the bucket. It could take, after all, from $111 million to $200 million to pay for our flood-control projects. But Tuesday’s funding announcement made a big splash, nonetheless. Without the...

Sticker shock

The National Flood Insurance Program needs to be reformed, but fixing a $24 billion problem can’t happen overnight. Those affected by flooding need time to adjust to the premium increases mandated by the Biggert-Waters Act passed in 2012. Fortunately, there appears to be relief coming for the program’s...
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