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The Lima News editorial policy is independent of political party affiliation. Opinions expressed in the Our View column reflect the view of The Lima News editorial board. Opinions elsewhere on this page are solely those of the writers.

The editorial board includes Kirk Dougal, Publisher (kdougal@aimmediamidwest.com, 567-242-0371); Jim Krumel, Editor (jkrumel@aimmediamidwest.com, 567-242-0391); and David Trinko, Managing Editor (dtrinko@aimmediamidwest.com, 567-242-0467).

Toledo Blade: State must give rape victims accountability

Toledo Blade: State must give rape victims accountability

Ohio’s process for making full and effective use of the physical evidence provided by rape victims is nearing an important milestone. But the process is taking too long and needs to be implemented quickly. Under legislation passed last year, the state government...

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Editorial: High court should resolve 90-day referendum issue

Since 1912, Ohioans have had the constitutional right of referendum — the power to reject laws passed by the General Assembly. Voters have used it sparingly — only 13 times in 107 years. From the 1940s through the 1980s, Ohioans did not vote on a single...

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Editorial: Something to think about as you eat that cookie

Editorial: Something to think about as you eat that cookie

Ohioans hopefully will put down the eggnog and avoid doing circles around the Christmas cookies now that the latest report of America’s Health Rankings have dropped a sugar-coated bomb on us. The report places Ohio toward the bottom of the list — ranking...

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Canton Repository: Unintended consequences hinder SB 3

Canton Repository: Unintended consequences hinder SB 3

Unintended consequences. That’s a risk anytime lawmakers take a stab at solving complicated societal issues. Health care, public education, unemployment insurance and Medicaid are among recent examples of complex topics Ohio lawmakers have attempted to address....

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Editorial: Will criminal charges in OU death prompt change?

Whatever else Ohio University students learn this year, one of the most important lessons was delivered lasat week by Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn in the form of nine indictments. Blackburn’s willingness to take evidence to a grand jury in the death...

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Editorial: College trends should alarm us all

We’re becoming a country more to the liking of fictional Judge Elihu Smails. Smails, portrayed by the inimitable Ted Knight in the 1980 movie “Caddyshack,” had a memorable answer when teenage caddie Danny Noonan lamented that, without a scholarship,...

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Editorial: The political apology in the race for president

Editorial: The political apology in the race for president

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg suddenly feels regret — just in time for his run for president. As mayor of New York for 12 years, Bloomberg oversaw an aggressive, tough on crime, stop-and-frisk policy that disproportionately targeted African Americans and...

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Editorial: Lima deserved better from Glenn on housing issue

Editorial: Lima deserved better from Glenn on housing issue

For years 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn has criticized the Lima city administration for not doing enough about vacant and substandard housing. He’s railed about houses in his ward that have been burned out or boarded up and in need of demolition. He even made...

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Midwest plea to Trump: Do the China trade deal

Midwest plea to Trump: Do the China trade deal

At the moment, the American economy is really two economies. One is chugging along at a respectable rate of GDP growth, with the stock market up by more than 25% since December and unemployment at its lowest level in 50 years. In the other, manufacturing output is...

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Toledo Blade: Stricter oversight necessary from the V.A.

Toledo Blade: Stricter oversight necessary from the V.A.

The suspicious deaths of 10 veterans at a clinic in Clarksburg, W.Va., has prompted federal lawmakers to finally pursue stricter oversight from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to address issues that have imperiled patient health. These reforms are long...

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Editorial: A dozen years later, Jim Jordan has not changed

Editorial: A dozen years later, Jim Jordan has not changed

Republicans never made it a secret they wanted Jim Jordan to be one of their nine members on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The panel’s hearings will determine whether President Trump’s behavior warrants impeachment, and Jordan has...

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COLUMNS

Larry L. Oatman: Mystery solved? How Bath might have gotten its name

Larry L. Oatman: Mystery solved? How Bath might have gotten its name

On April 14, 1824, a 38-year-old pioneer from Kentucky, named Christopher Stark Wood, was the first white man to clear the area and built a log cabin on the bank of Sugar Creek. That historic location, in what is now Bath Township, is about 100 yards west of the Sugar...

David Pepper: Better answers required on insulin costs

David Pepper: Better answers required on insulin costs

The statistics are grim. Over the past year, 58 million Americans experienced “medication insecurity” — reporting that they could not afford a needed prescription drug. Almost half of Americans with diabetes have gone without treatment because of...

John Grindrod: For Tim Goodwin, it’s been two amazing decades

John Grindrod: For Tim Goodwin, it’s been two amazing decades

Some years ago, a popular navy-blue T-shirt asked in white letters one simple question, “Got eleven?” It was one worn by Notre Dame football fans as a takeoff on the “Got milk?” ad campaign and was a cryptic question only to those unaware of...

Bob Latta; Bipartisan plan better for people needing medicine

Bob Latta; Bipartisan plan better for people needing medicine

As the cost of prescription drugs continues to skyrocket from sea to shining sea, more and more Americans are finding that they can’t afford to fill their scripts. I’ve received hundreds of calls, emails, and letters from healthcare workers and patients...

Mark Figley: Bernie’s strange socialist journey

Mark Figley: Bernie’s strange socialist journey

Despite the endorsement of such luminaries as AOC, Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has still lagged in comparison with his 2016 effort. This has led him to make outlandish pronouncements commending the election of San Francisco’s pro-criminal...

Dr. Jessica Johnson: Seeing the power of kindness

Dr. Jessica Johnson: Seeing the power of kindness

“We could all use a little kindness.” This quote is placed at the top of the movie poster for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and it truly embodies the persona of Fred Rogers as I remember him. Growing up in the 1970s and ’80s,...

Jim Krumel: Lima man new commander of Air Guard squadron

Jim Krumel: Lima man new commander of Air Guard squadron

Bryan Moore always looked forward to the Memorial Day parade as a youth growing up in Lima. To this day he’ll tell you he can still see the veterans marching down Main Street. The pride in their eyes. The extra hop in their step. And the many, many American...

Opinion: New polls show black support for trump surging

Opinion: New polls show black support for trump surging

Rush Limbaugh could hardly contain his excitement. “We’ve got three polls today showing Donald Trump at 30 percent or higher with black voters,” he told his national radio audience Monday. “We’ve got Emerson, we’ve got Rasmussen and...

David Trinko: He’s dreaming of an old Facebook post

David Trinko: He’s dreaming of an old Facebook post

Lately I’ve been living in the past a bit on Facebook. I’m a sucker for looking through the memories that pop up in the “On This Day” feature on the popular social media site. It’s entertaining for me to look at old photos where I was...

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Letter: Only takes a second to ring door bell

Letter: Only takes a second to ring door bell

It’s no wonder packages get stolen, when the delivery guy can’t even take a few seconds to ring the door bell, when he leaves it. We had a package delivered by Fed Ex, but have no idea when it arrived. Is that asking too much? Patsy Lamb, Lima...

Letter: One more day of Trump-bashing

Letter: One more day of Trump-bashing

Monday, Dec. 9 is another Trump-bashing day for The Lima News’ editorial page. There is nothing new about this, but it is happening more and more often since the last sale of this newspaper. The op-ed written by Ann McFeatters looks like it was written by Adam...

Letter: Nothing but garbage, as far as he’s concerned

Letter: Nothing but garbage, as far as he’s concerned

I was reminded this morning why I had removed The Lima News from being a source of my news information several years ago. You see, I was in a pinch for a crossword puzzle and no breakfast is worthwhile without one, and The Lima News was all that was available at the...

Letter: This region should care about environment

Letter: This region should care about environment

I believe we have a responsibility for climate conditions. Many changes have occurred, starting with the Industrial Revolution and now with the number of cars on the road, among many other things. What I see in some parts of Ohio, Lima and its surrounding counties are...

Letter: Not your typical ‘Christmas Carol’

Encore Theatre has done it again. They have taken a tried and true story almost everyone knows, sped it up, heightened the hijinks, and created a Christmas classic that is so fast-paced and enjoyable that attendees for the last dress rehearsal of “A Christmas...

Letter: Following the leader of cult

Letter: Following the leader of cult

Thirty-five percent of this country has chosen to believe a man that was a fraud before becoming president and has continued to follow that historic script after becoming president. In doing so they have chosen to join a cult of people that the president says has been...

Abortion onDems platform

Abortion onDems platform

I write in response to Sharon Horstman’s December 3 letter. She stated that she doesn’t know why the “D” (Democrat) party became known as the party that loved abortions. The reason is because it is part of the official platform of the Democrat...

Letter: Lookin’ for some basketball love

I will start out admitting that I am one of those “Flyer Fanatics” from the University of Dayton, so probably I am a tad prejudiced. I was in Florida over Thanksgiving and watched the Maui Invitational on ESPN. The Flyers beat Georgia, 80-61, and Virginia...

America!Listen up

America!Listen up

Part II: Wake up America. Because of the new socialist congresswoman, we must stand up and speak out against “Medicare for all.” Look what that will take away from the senior citizens in America. Then there is this “Green New Deal.” Do we want...

Letter: Face the facts, Trump gets the job done

Letter: Face the facts, Trump gets the job done

In true Ebenezer Scrooge anti-Christmas spirit, liberals Marilyn Mackey and James Carr have written recent negative letters to the editor with regards to President Trump. Marilyn you are dead on with regards to your comment about demagoguery. Trump is “obtaining...

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