Pay-to-play

About half of Ohio schools now charge a fee for students to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. The number is only expected to increase as many districts struggle to find the right balance between academics and sports, and enough money to fund both. The issue has not been lost on lawmakers...

Outside review

Ohio has 37 public-supported colleges and universities. All are subject to regular financial audits to help detect theft and fraud. But unlike state offices, agencies and commissions, these institutions aren’t required to undergo performance audits, the kind that can provide an objective analysis of a...

Issue 6

There is just one countywide issue on the March 15 primary ballot in Hancock County, but it’s a vital one. Issue 6 is an eight-year, 0.8-mill replacement levy that would help the Hancock Park District maintain, improve, develop, and promote 21 parks, plus Riverside Park waterfront, Blanchard River Greenway...

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UP: Hancock County and Findlay officials paint a rosy picture when they talk of job growth, increased tax collections and capital improvement spending. An upbeat tone resonated from recent “State of the County” and “State of the City” presentations. Clearly, the financial situation is far...

Pay hikes

A common complaint about municipal government is that it’s cumbersome, that it takes too long to accomplish things that can be done much faster in the private sector. But there’s a good reason why government must be deliberate: so the public can keep track of it. In December, Findlay City Council...

Naloxone access

With people still dying every day of drug overdoses, Ohio needs all the help it can get. That’s why the decision by CVS Health to make naloxone, the opiate overdose antidote, available without a prescription in its Ohio pharmacies is an important development. The move, announced Monday, will make naloxone...

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UP: First responders cover our backs when a tragedy strikes, like the fire that hit a North Main Street building Friday. The Findlay Fire Department did an admirable job not only putting out the fire at the Gibbs building, 217-227 N. Main St., but making sure it didn’t spread or rekindle. All that while the...
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