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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 Doug Olsson, Publisher (dolsson@aimmediamidwest.com, 567-242-0371); Jim Krumel, Editor (aimmediamidwest.com, 567-242-0391); and David Trinko, Managing Editor (aimmediamidwest.com, 567-242-0467).

Editorial: The rise and fall of Sam Crish

Editorial: The rise and fall of Sam Crish

Sam Crish had Allen County in his back pocket when he was first elected sheriff in 2008. Grabbing nearly 7 of every 10 votes – or 68 percent of the count to be exact – Crish was handed his dream job in a lopsided fashion when he defeated Steve Hoverman,...

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Editorial: Court sends e-commerce a reality check

Perhaps the internet finally has lost its new-car smell. The Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that will force most online retailers to collect sales tax is a sign of just how much e-commerce and digital interaction have grown in the last 15 years. The case will...

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Editorial: Sales tax ruling should benefit our communities

Editorial: Sales tax ruling should benefit our communities

Legal analysts heralded Thursday’s Supreme Court decision about online shoppers paying sales tax as a victory for states. We herald it as a victory for you, the taxpayer, and our communities. The transition from brick-and-mortar stores to online shopping created...

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Editorial: Supreme Court gets it right on voter purge

Editorial: Supreme Court gets it right on voter purge

Inactive voters in Ohio receive plenty of warning to “use it or lose it,” the United States Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 5-4 decision that has drawn plenty of criticism nationwide. Count us among the few praising this ruling. The high court avoided...

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Editorial: The kids are all right

A recent survey that shows fewer teens are drinking and using drugs is good news for the future. It’s hard to say whether the drop in the number of teens using drugs — as well as alcohol and cigarettes — is directly related to the sharp increase in...

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Editorial: Trump understands optics better than anyone

No details, no timetable, no verification, no mention of human rights, too many concessions, too little in return. If you’re keeping score, it’s easy to record a bunch of L’s for President Donald Trump and a run of W’s for North Korean dictator...

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Ohio’s medical marijuana program woefully off track

Ohio legislators acted with breakneck speed early in 2016 to craft and enact a detailed program to legalize medical marijuana in the Buckeye State. After voters overwhelmingly defeated a misguided and monopolistic plan to legalize medical and recreational marijuana at...

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Toledo Blade: Trump’s G7 dust-up was overdue

Toledo Blade: Trump’s G7 dust-up was overdue

Anyone who was expecting yet another cheery, cheesy G7 leaders group photo from the latest summit of the world’s most important industrialized economies was fooling themselves. The photo of President Donald Trump, arms crossed tightly across his chest while...

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Editorial: The lethal threat stalking Trump and Kim

By the 1950s, just years after U.S. B-29s dropped the first atomic bombs, Americans prepared for nuclear war. They built underground shelters and stocked them with supplies. Children at school practiced duck-and-cover drills. In some cities, schools issued dog tags to...

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Editorial: When a foolish tariff hits close to home

Tariffs like those the Trump administration is imposing on imports invite trade wars — in this case, foolishly, with U.S. allies and neighbors. Thursday’s rollout of new tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico have us...

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Editorial: Up in the air, this athlete is down to earth

Which professional athlete would turn down a free first-class seat, preferring to stay in coach? Which professional athlete would be flying out of Miami not after a night of hard partying on South Beach, but rather making a connection from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after...

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Editorial: Up in the air, this athlete is down to earth

Which professional athlete would turn down a free first-class seat, preferring to stay in coach? Which professional athlete would be flying out of Miami not after a night of hard partying on South Beach, but rather making a connection from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after...

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COLUMNS

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Not how justice is supposed to work

So it looks like Charles Rhines is going to be executed — and it’s probably because he’s gay. Well, not only that. There’s also the matter of his committing an especially heinous murder in 1992. Rhines, caught burglarizing a doughnut shop in...

Michael Reagan: Congress broken … and spineless

Michael Reagan: Congress broken … and spineless

It’s no surprise that Democrats and everyone in the liberal media are blaming President Trump personally for the crying immigrant children at the border. He gets blamed for everything their hysterical minds can think of. But it’s not up to him to fix...

George Will: This November, cast your vote against the GOP

George Will: This November, cast your vote against the GOP

WASHINGTON — Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, which was merely the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something. Occurring less than...

David Trinko: Please bring the anger down a notch

David Trinko: Please bring the anger down a notch

“Are you the idiot who…” were the first words of a phone call last week. Another fan, I thought to myself, bracing myself to have a conversation with someone who clearly disagreed with something we’d done at The Lima News. Yet again, it was...

Cheryl Parson: Facebook scams remain problem for the elderly

Cheryl Parson: Facebook scams remain problem for the elderly

In my last article, I talked about the proliferation of sweepstakes scams that have become nearly epidemic. I pointed out that while anyone can be a victim of these scams, the elderly seem to be a favorite target. I also noted the growth of technology; the internet...

Legal-Ease: ‘Good as new’ real estate documents and files

Legal-Ease: ‘Good as new’ real estate documents and files

We often hear the phrase “good as new” to describe an item that may have been damaged and then repaired to be of at least as good of quality of the item was when the item was brand new. When it comes to real estate and its historical chain of ownership in...

Kathleen Parker: Trump gets what he deserves at border

Kathleen Parker: Trump gets what he deserves at border

WASHINGTON — Cracking down on illegal immigration was never going to be pleasant, but this? It’s worse than you think. The travesty of separating children from their undocumented, migrant parents was less about cracking down as a policy than about Donald...

Ken Pollitz: Just your typical family vacation

Ken Pollitz: Just your typical family vacation

Having grown up outside Chicago, the annual family summer vacation was a trek up north to a rustic and quaint cottage in the middle of some Wisconsin woodlands positioned on a modest lake, secluded and small enough for one’s voice to carry from shore to shore....

Lori Borgman: Bless your hearts, and bless our fast feet

Lori Borgman: Bless your hearts, and bless our fast feet

We have returned home from a short trip to Savannah, Georgia, and would like to confess. Our crime? Walking fast. I blame Southern Living magazine. We booked a vacation apartment in a building more than 100 years old in the historic district. It had 12-foot ceilings,...

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Letter: The who, why Trump admires

Donald Trump on his new buddy, Kim Jong Un: “He’s the head of a country, and I mean he’s the strong head. Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks, and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.” Trump...

Letter: Time to help America first

“What a Wonderful World This Would Be” Louie Armstrong sang. Wouldn’t it be nice if we cared as much about homeless kids in America as we do about illegal kids from Central America. At an estimated $35,000 a kid per year for the illegals, we could do...

Letter: Program in its sixth year

Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center recognizes the benefit of ensuring patients receive medications prior to leaving the hospital. I read with interest a recent column by Lima Memorial in which this program was discussed and wanted to share that St....

Letter: Policy was inhumane

I am responding to the editorial by Kathleen Parker that appeared in The Lima News on Tuesday, June 19th. In her editorial, Ms. Parker referred to the current immigration policy on our southwest border as suffering from an “inherent lack of empathy” and a...

Letter: What great care looks like

We want to offer a tip of the hat and much kudos to the following: • The 911 dispatcher who guided my wife through the request process and stayed with her until confirmation that the ambulance was on the way. • The Shawnee Fire Department Ambulance service...

Letter: Easy fix will save lives and money from colorectal cancer

Colonoscopies are proven to prevent colorectal cancer and save lives, but any added costs can be a deterrent from getting screened. Skipping recommended screenings could mean a patient receives a later-stage colorectal cancer diagnosis that can be more expensive to...

Letter: Golf outing was an ace

The Equestrian Therapy Program would like to offer mega thanks to Terry Dunn, Jamie Zerbe and The Sugar Street Bar and Grille for sponsoring the third annual golf outing, “Par for the Horse.” The staff at beautiful Hidden Creek Golf Course were wonderful...

Letter: No more plea deals

I among many of my peers would like to pose to the judge of Allen County Common Pleas Court and to the prosecutors who work within the legal system of Allen County a question: Why is it that every single time there is a high or even medium profile case going on in our...

Leter: Tell me hiring won’t be rigged

Treasurer, auditor … not even sure which job is actually open. I am, however, quite confident that King Keith has the name (hmmm!) already chosen and ready to serve. But let’s have interviews to make it look somewhat democratic! And to think,my wife...

Letter: How in America could that happen?

In the 1700’s, people were brought to this country in chains and forced to work for free labor and we look back and wonder how that could have happened in America. In the 1800’s, Native Americans were forced off their land and placed on reservations and we...