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Sex crimes

The opportunity for justice for rape or sexual battery victims shouldn’t end at 20 years, especially now that DNA evidence can link perpetrators to very old cases. Under Ohio law, prosecution of a rape must begin within two decades. In some cases, the expiration date has allowed rapists to avoid prosecution...

Bike helmets

Bicycle helmets, especially for kids, are a no-brainer. Ohio doesn’t need a law to mandate them, but that’s what a bill introduced in the Senate last week would do. Senate Bill 157 requires children under the age of 16 to wear a helmet when riding a bike, either as a driver or passenger. The bill also...

Thumbs

UP: Van Buren school officials deserve credit for moving quickly to resolve multiple issues stemming from a state audit earlier this year. The audit, covering from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013, determined that the district treasurer had overpaid herself, made mistakes on travel reimbursement forms, and approved...

Mother’s Day

“Anyone who doesn’t miss the past never had a mother.” — Gregory Nunn “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — Abraham Lincoln “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” — Barbara Kingsolver...

Drug numbers

Most Ohioans are well aware that a statewide heroin epidemic continues. But it’s hard to know if our drug problem is being adequately addressed, let alone just how big the problem is, because statistics lag at least one or two years behind. Recently, the Ohio Department of Health released a report showing...

Election recap

If there’s a lesson in Tuesday’s primary election, it may be that our region’s economic prosperity is good for renewal tax issues and incumbents. Of the five “money” issues scattered about Hancock County ballots, all were approved by voters. Of the four incumbents in contested...

History on hold

Hancock County may have missed out on an opportunity to expand its July Fourth activities in downtown Findlay. But at least the seed may have been planted. Don VanRenterghem, a Korean war veteran and former business owner, is moving on with his “Spirit of 76″ program, after the Main Street Findlay...
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