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Budget tweaks

There is much still to sort out before the Legislature approves the two-year budget and sends it to Gov. John Kasich. But the House Finance Committee did some important work Monday before passing the budget bill along. Two tweaks in particular were critical to voters and to supporters of open government. One set...

Thumbs

UP: It will take time to fully absorb the recently released Army Corps of Engineers flood-control draft plan. It is, after all, 199 pages. But the report is full of information, some of which we already knew, and some new. A video, which the corps posted on its Facebook page and which can also be viewed through...

Misstep

State Auditor Dave Yost deserves better than he got this week from the Ohio House. House leaders, unbeknownst to Yost, attached an amendment to the state budget plan, House Bill 64, that would halt Yost’s “Sunshine Audit” program just as it’s getting started. Yost was not aware of it until...

Strike three

It won’t be easy to accept defeat, but the Liberty-Benton school board should end its long-running legal battle with former teacher Mark Badertscher. Badertscher, a 21-year district employee who was fired in 2013, recently won another favorable ruling from the 3rd District Court of Appeals, Lima. That makes...

Myth buster

As the community continues to digest a 199-page report released by the Army Corps of Engineers last week, there are still a range of opinions about what, if anything, we should do about flooding. But at least we have a better explanation from the corps why some flood-prevention ideas have been eliminated. The...

Issue 6

We often don’t notice it, but the good work of the Blanchard Valley Center is all around us. It’s the guy or gal bagging your groceries at Kroger or Great Scot, the one moving products at Lowe’s, or perhaps cleaning a table at Burger King or Cracker Barrel. There are now 123 people with developmental disabilities...

Voting season

Early voting has begun in Ohio, which means the clock is ticking. Not including the 13 hours voters have to cast a ballot on May 5, Election Day, there are still 140 hours remaining to vote either in person at your county board of elections or via absentee ballot. Ohio has among the most generous early voting...
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