Caution ahead, Good old days

It’s crunch time for those who make a living off the land. Spring is always a busy time for farmers as they repair equipment and prepare their fields. But a cold and wet spring, and a late-arriving one at that, means most crops still need to be planted. Through last Sunday, only 8 percent of the Ohio corn...

Thumbs

DOWN: When only 20 percent of registered voters bother to vote, it’s hard to get excited. That was the number in Hancock County where a contested commissioner’s race, a handful of school tax issues, and a renewal levy for Blanchard Valley Center were on the ballot. There was really no good excuse for...

Referendum?

The defeat of Steve Oman in the Hancock County commissioner’s Republican primary suggests that most people, or at least those who bothered to vote, believe there is more to our flooding problem than just cleaning the Blanchard River. Was the commissioner’s race, which pitted Oman vs. incumbent Phil...

Keep talking

It’s hard to talk about suicide, but that’s exactly what communities must do if they want to help prevent future ones, especially ones involving middle-school age students. Saturday’s story (Page A1) about an 11-year-old Findlay boy who took his own life in March should get the conversation...

Election Day

“Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.” — President Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1885. The dog chewed up the absentee ballot you had intended to drop in the mail last week. You ran out of gas on the way to the board of elections to vote in person during the...

Our choices

ISSUE 1: STATE BOND PROGRAM There’s only one statewide issue on Tuesday’s ballot, but Issue 1 is an important one. Voters must decide whether to renew a bond program that has been in place since 1987, and renewed by voters in 1995 and 2005. It would provide $1.9 billion in new borrowing over 10 years...

Late-term quiz

We didn’t learn anything new this week about the Blanchard River flooding problem. We already knew, for example, endangered mussels can’t be moved without first jumping through government hoops, that river-cleaning is going slower than we’d like, and that the Army Corps of Engineers’ river...
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