Election competition, Dorney Plaza

There’s nothing like a few unfamiliar candidates and different points of view to generate election interest. The more choices voters have, the better. While we would have liked more contested races, we’re glad some “new” candidates, including several Democrats, filed by Wednesday’s...

Tobacco tax

Parts of Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal may need a closer look by the Legislature. The impact on businesses by raising the state sales tax, for example, will be worthy of discussion. But one idea, to increase tobacco taxes, should stay on track. Raising the tax from $1.25 to $2.25 on a pack of cigarettes...

Judicial races

Maureen O’Connor has been on a crusade to improve judicial elections since being elected chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in 2011. It’s not the quality of the candidates who run for judge that concerns her, but that too many voters don’t bother to educate themselves about them....

Main Street

Findlay’s revised plan for Main Street should prove more palatable than the original. While more detail is needed, a drawing released Monday by Mayor Lydia Mihalik suggests officials paid attention to the complaints after the first plan was unveiled last February. That proposal called for slimming Main...

Thumbs

UP: We know predicting spring’s arrival based on a groundhog’s shadow isn’t scientific, but it still gave us a little levity Monday from the grind of winter. The fact that Buckeye Chuck didn’t see his shadow, a sign that spring will come soon for Ohioans, was a good way to start the week....

Pot proposals

The door to marijuana legalization has begun to open in Ohio, albeit more slowly than many would like. While it remains to be seen if enough Ohioans have warmed up enough to marijuana for it to make the ballot this year, several groups have begun the process that would allow recreational or medical use of...

Needless delay

There’s no quick fix to what happened when toxic blue-green algae infiltrated Toledo’s water supply last summer. Preventing algae blooms may take a state, federal and international effort since other states and Canada add phosphorus to waterways that flow to Lake Erie and all the Great Lakes. Ohio...
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