Payday

When it comes to pay raises for elected officials, timing can be everything. Several years ago, when pay hikes were proposed for the Findlay treasurer and City Council members, Findlay was still recovering from the recession. No one got more money. Now, a City Council committee is discussing the topic again, but,...

Pool partners

Municipal-owned swimming pools can’t always be run like a business. If they had to operate in the black, most would probably be dry. Public pools, like Findlay’s at Riverside Park, are lucky just to break even, unless the summer is long and hot. We haven’t had that kind of summer lately....

July 4

We owe Kevin Lok and other veterans a salute for getting the July Fourth parade back on track in recent years. Next to the Halloween parade, it has become the best-attended parade in Findlay. While a veterans committee will organize the main event again this year, other efforts are underway to make the downtown...

A ray of sun

Ohioans who are denied requests for public records always have the option of filing a lawsuit against the government agency which denied them. But going to court is costly, time-consuming, and can be intimidating for some. Now that the courts and lawmakers have limited the penalties that agencies can be forced to...

Thumbs

UP: This area dodged another flood bullet, at least for now, during this week’s thaw. Still, our riverbanks came close to overflowing in certain spots, and likely would have if the warm-up had coincided with a heavy rain. Certainly, we’re not out of the woods yet, and won’t be until some sort of...

Private police

The Ohio Supreme Court, if not the Legislature, must weigh in on whether “private” police departments should be bound by state public records laws. The high court took a small, but important, step this week when it rejected a request by Otterbein University to dismiss a suit filed last year. Anna...

Merger talk

With gas prices low, people in the market for a new car may not consider fuel-efficient models as much as they would before, even though prices are inevitably going to rise. That’s the same short-term thinking that local governments seem to have with the economy picking up and budgets back in the black. What...
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