Illegal road

Property rights are among the most important rights Americans have. So, when it comes to the government taking any citizen’s land for the public’s benefit, even if only a small amount of it to widen a road, the law must be followed. That means doing things like making proper public notification of...

East Harbor

If the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has a short list for state park improvement projects, the restoration of the East Harbor State Park beach should be on it. Unfortunately, the project doesn’t appear to be on its radar. That’s surprising, considering the efforts of Dick Taylor and the...

Voting hours

Voting in Ohio didn’t used to be so complicated. Just show up on Election Day and vote. Most people still do that, but about one-third now vote early, either by visiting a board of elections office or by absentee ballot. Because of the convenience, early voting numbers are expected to increase. But the hours...

Thumbs

UP: In recent years, the Hancock County Veterans Service Office has taken steps to make sure area veterans know what benefits they are entitled to and what they need to do to get them. But the office is taking awareness to another level by holding a veterans resource fair at The Winebrenner Auditorium, 950 N. Main...

Crime costs

Findlay and Hancock County are figuring out how much the city owes the county for housing its inmates and representing them in court. Whatever arrangements are worked out, the city is going to owe considerably more this year than last. Another thing is inevitable: The city’s criminal justice tab is only...

Legal costs

Some would like to see municipal government operate more like a business. While there are arguments to be made for that, there are reasons why it can’t, or shouldn’t. The main one is because governments’ “stockholders” are taxpayers. Those paying the bills, all of us, need to be able...

Inadmissible

Often, police make felony drug arrests along Interstate 75 in Hancock County. The highway has long been known as a corridor drug runners use to transport contraband north and south. If police were able to stop and search every vehicle, chances are a significant number would be found with methamphetamine, cocaine,...
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