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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).

Rediscovering America: A Quiz for Independence Day

Rediscovering America: A Quiz for Independence Day

Many of the activities associated with Independence Day have been canceled this year, including parades, fireworks, and large community and neighborhood barbecues. During this quieter holiday, the quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, provides...

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Taking stock in Trump denials

President Trump has angrily denied reports that he knew the GRU — the same Russian spies who interfered in the 2016 U.S. election — paid Taliban-linked Afghan militia to attack coalition forces, including Americans. There’s little reason to take...

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Editorial: Supreme Court ruling a win for school choice

Editorial: Supreme Court ruling a win for school choice

Give the U.S. Supreme Court an “A” for its ruling Tuesday backing school choice. In a decision that heralds educational freedom, religious liberty, and a parent’s right to decide what is best for their children, the nation’s highest court said...

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Editorial: Final decision on DACA will rest with the voters

Editorial: Final decision on DACA will rest with the voters

Earlier this month the Supreme Court ruled against President Trump’s efforts to negate President Obama’s order protecting from deportation foreign nationals who were brought to this country as children. The final word on the Deferred Action on Childhood...

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Editorial: Pulling U.S. troops out of Europe is misguided

The Trump administration’s decision to remove more than 9,000 troops from Germany by September is part of a dispiriting pattern. It serves little strategic purpose and will be virtually impossible to pull off. News of the proposal provoked the ire of the German...

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Editorial: Dr. Amy brought a calming voice

Editorial: Dr. Amy brought a calming voice

Few people in Ohio knew who Dr. Amy Acton was prior to the coronavirus. It didn’t take long for her, though, to become a household name. She was the calming voice that came on TV each afternoon and explained to us what was happening, why it was occurring, and...

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View social media skeptically during national crises

The crises confronting America have spawned their own information ecosystems as a nation scrambles online to learn the latest on street protests and coronavirus. But the defect of these light-speed communications poses its own peril. Now more than any time in history,...

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Editorial: Freedom, kindness key in Ohio

Editorial: Freedom, kindness key in Ohio

Freedom means having the power to act, speak or think the way you want. Kindness means warmly accepting that others have the freedom to disagree with you. As Ohio reopens over the coming weeks after the coronavirus pandemic shut us down, we urge people to enjoy both...

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COLUMNS

Lori Borgman: Family dinners artwork of a different sort

Lori Borgman: Family dinners artwork of a different sort

It has happened again — another blob of spaghetti stuck to the kitchen wall. Same location-in the corner next to the highchair. Same suspect-round face, great smile, chubby legs, chubby cheeks, 18 months old. The abstract art on the wall escaped notice for the...

Ask a Doctor: Sleep apnea – living in a daze

Ask a Doctor: Sleep apnea – living in a daze

Question: My husband’s sleep apnea machine is collecting dust at the bottom of a closet. I seem like treating this was the rage a few years ago but now you hear nothing about it. Has something changed that I don’t know about? — Susan, of Lima Susan!...

Christina Ryan Claypool: A glitter girl’s guarantee

Christina Ryan Claypool: A glitter girl’s guarantee

“Here Mommy, I want you to have this.” My son handed me a small lump of pyrite, better known as Fool’s Gold. The metallic-looking substance brilliantly reflected the room’s light, causing countless iridescent rays to dance on its crystallized...

John Grindrod: Into each life some rain must fall

John Grindrod: Into each life some rain must fall

We collect them and place credence in them as we go through life, those pithy aphoristic one-liners that remind us that the bird in our hands is far better than the two in that nearby bush and that our longest journeys indeed do begin with our first steps. Well, on...

Reem Subei: Pay ot Stay offers renters protection

Reem Subei: Pay ot Stay offers renters protection

If you pay your rent, it is only fair that you should be able to stay in your home. Especially during a public health crisis that hinges on self-isolation and social distancing, housing security is an imperative for our community. Homelessness, apartment shopping, and...

Jerry Zezima: Where there’s a grill, there’s a way

Jerry Zezima: Where there’s a grill, there’s a way

When it comes to grilling, I am usually cooking with gas. Unfortunately, I couldn’t cook on our new grill for a month after we bought it. And even with the gas off, I almost blew my top. The hot-button issue began when my wife, Sue, and I went to a home...

Jim Krumel: A lot was riding on family’s bike trip

Jim Krumel: A lot was riding on family’s bike trip

Ann Cox and her three children — Elena, Olivia and Owen — were on a mission, and they weren’t going to let the coronavirus stop them from raising money for an orphanage in Haiti. The way they saw it, a lot was riding on the family’s bike trip....

Noah Smith: Coronavirus brings American decline out in the open

Noah Smith: Coronavirus brings American decline out in the open

The U.S.’s decline started with little things that people got used to. Americans drove past empty construction sites and didn’t even think about why the workers weren’t working, then wondered why roads and buildings took so long to finish. They got...

Michael Reagan: Politics of upside-down America

Michael Reagan: Politics of upside-down America

There’s been more yelling and screaming than usual in Washington. I’m not talking about the “peaceful” demonstrators in Lafayette Park, who were putting ropes and chains on the statue of Andrew Jackson and trying to pull it down. I’m...

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Letter: US has become a giant petri dish:

Letter: US has become a giant petri dish:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), told residents they could walk on “”wet”” sand as opposed to “”dry”” sand for social distancing. About two weeks later he was photographed kneeling with hundreds of protestors crammed...

Letter: Numbers reflect loss of respect

Letter: Numbers reflect loss of respect

It seems to me that Americans of today are hypocrites The people cry and protest the death of one man (which was definitly a wrong doing) when other things with much larger consequences are ignored. Approximently 40 to 50 million innocent babies are abort every year (...

Letter: We must demand a better future

Letter: We must demand a better future

The June rallies in Lima showed that we, as a community, want to see action to address racism and build a better world. What do those changes look like? Mayor David Berger and the Lima African American Chamber of Commerce identified concrete ways to address systemic...

Letter: Compassion? I don’t think so

Letter: Compassion? I don’t think so

The Democrat Party promotes itself as the compassionate party. Democrats always cite their strong compassion for … • victims of racism – yet Democrats ignore racism in the 50 largest cities in which they have an overwhelming majority. •...

Letter: Don’t need another you

Letter: Don’t need another you

People are different – Celebrate the difference We have access to a lot of news on the local, state, regional and national levels. We all watch our TV but we only “watch” the same program. We do not “see” the same program. Each person...

Letter: It took a thief just 3 minutes

Letter: It took a thief just 3 minutes

You probably didn’t need the 2 yellow crocks you stole. I purchased the crocks and some other items on a Saturday at the Brubaker auction. The items were too cumbersome and heavy for this 87-year-old lady to carry, so the three minutes it took for me to get my...

Letter: Four years of broken promises

Letter: Four years of broken promises

During his 2016 Delaware campaign rally, Donald Trump promised that Ohioans would have “great health care at a fraction of the cost.” But instead of working to protect our care, the Trump Administration continues to undercut the Affordable Care Act —...

Letter: World today a crying shame

Letter: World today a crying shame

I am 70 years old and have post traumatic stress disorder. I cry each time I see another statue being threatened in any way. I have been a registered nurse for 38 years. In that time I have seen many people die too early because they did not do preventive care...

Letter: Insurance ignores mental health

Letter: Insurance ignores mental health

I am a former employee of Procter and Gamble. My husband still is. With all of the anxiety the kids have experienced from being schooled from home, I have needed to access mental health support for my child. What disgusts me is the amount of money it costs. Before our...

Letter:Trump must be re-elected

Letter:Trump must be re-elected

We have seen the Democrats rallying to Biden because they have nowhere else to go. We heard the socialist wanna bees during the debates as they tried to outdo each other with free stuff and now Biden leans more left to get their vote. We all know that Biden is not a...

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