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UP: It would be hard to imagine a better July Fourth weekend in Flag City: A military band at Riverside Park on Saturday, fireworks at the Old Millstream Fairgrounds on Sunday, followed by a parade and a George Washington re-enactor downtown Monday to remind us why we must celebrate Independence Day 240 years...

July 4, 1776

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to advance from that subordination in which they have hitherto remained, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the equal and independent station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s god entitle them, a decent respect to the...

Break the cycle

We don’t know the backstory of Findlay’s latest murder, that of Juanita Almeida last Saturday. But the tragedy appears to be another worst-case scenario of domestic violence. As too often occurs, a pattern of abuse or violence that takes place behind closed doors only emerges publicly in court...

Our addiction

If there was a message to come out of Monday’s opioid forum at Findlay’s Winebrenner Theological Seminary, it was that it will take the entire community to fix our heroin problem. Those on the front lines, including lawmakers, doctors, agency directors, counselors and jailers, suggested it will take...

Kaboom!

Listen. Most evenings this time of year you can hear them in the distance, if not nearby. No, it’s not cicadas. Yes, that distinctive humming is coming, just not quite yet. No, that repetitive popping sound is a “Black Cat,” or some facsimile. Someone is cleaning out last year’s cache of...

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DOWN: Don VanRenterghem has always been a big idea guy. But his call for a July 3 dinner/dance celebrating the revolutionary era has failed to bring out the patriots among us. Not enough people purchased tickets for the event and, on Wednesday, VanRenterghem reluctantly canceled the event. That’s too bad....

Voting bill

It perturbed the Hamilton County senator who sponsored it, and some other Republicans lawmakers, but Gov. John Kasich did the right thing when he vetoed Senate Bill 296 last week. The bill, among other things, would have required a bond to be posted by anyone asking a judge to keep Election Day polls open after...
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