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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).

Congress could help Trump address high prices of drugs

One reason the Rio Grande Valley is so popular among Winter Texans is the access to lower-priced drugs across the border. The same drugs can be found at a fraction of the U.S. cost, sometimes without a prescription. So we welcome President Trump’s efforts to...

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Jay Ambrose: Yes, the first President Bush was exceptional

Jay Ambrose: Yes, the first President Bush was exceptional

Oh, cut it out, some leftist critics have said of the adulation now being visited on the late President George H.W. Bush. But what they might want to do is learn from him. They might want to reflect on his courtesy, his kindness, his honesty, his forgiving nature, his...

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Akron Beacon Journal: Give Bush credit for noble vision

Akron Beacon Journal: Give Bush credit for noble vision

George H.W. Bush famously acknowledged that he didn’t have “the vision thing,” but that wasn’t entirely true. He had a vision of public service, of country above all, of how to govern at home and conduct affairs overseas. In office, he was a...

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Editorial: Who’s paying too much at the Apple App Store?

The U.S. Supreme Court took up a case Monday that millions of Americans have a stake in: a potential class-action lawsuit accusing Apple of gouging people who buy apps for their iPhones. But though Apple exerts an unwelcome amount of control over the apps market, the...

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Editorial: Congress should move forward on sentencing reform

Editorial: Congress should move forward on sentencing reform

Biased federal laws that have subjected a generation of African-American men to unfair, lengthy prison sentences may finally be reformed thanks to an unlikely ally in President Donald Trump. Who knows the motives of the president, who normally takes a hard-nosed...

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Editorial: Will Facebook face up to its failings?

Major corporations make big promises to potential customers. Beer companies sell refreshment. Insurance companies offer protection. Facebook, the social media network used by an astounding 68 percent of American adults, peddles a warmer, fuzzier concept: togetherness....

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Julia Scheeres: The betrayal of Jonestown

Julia Scheeres: The betrayal of Jonestown

Forty years ago, an American preacher and madman named Jim Jones orchestrated the largest mass murder in recorded history when he forced more than 900 men, women and children to drink a cyanide-laced punch at his eponymous settlement in Guyana. Early news reports...

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Editorial: Ivanka’s email scandal has a familiar moral

Ivanka Trump used her personal email account last year to handle as many as 100 discussions of official White House matters. If that doesn’t strike you as a rather ironic turn of events then fine-tune your antennae by looking up any old online video of her...

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Editorial: Please, Hillary, don’t do it

Dear Hillary, Don’t do it. Spare us all. Walk away. You may be dying to run for president again. But from all of us sporting those bumper stickers that say “Any functioning adult 2020”, we beg you: Don’t. Maybe our worries are premature. Maybe...

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COLUMNS

Chris Erskine: Missing Posh in a hundred thousand ways

Chris Erskine: Missing Posh in a hundred thousand ways

She used to buy me eggnog; I never had to ask. It’d show up in the fridge this time of year, I’d drink about half, and in mid-January she’d finally shrug and throw the rest away. In a hundred thousand ways like that, we will miss her. My wife was as...

Cal Thomas: And now the Boy Scouts

Cal Thomas: And now the Boy Scouts

The erosion of what many Americans once believed were the foundations of our country continues apace. They include, but are not limited to, overspending and debt (personal and national), never-ending wars, uncontrolled borders leading to massive immigration with no...

Martin Schram: Democracy’s watchdogs face new challenges

Martin Schram: Democracy’s watchdogs face new challenges

Now more than ever: If daily journalism in America was really doing its job, important facts you’re about to read here — facts proving you’ve just been deliberately deceived — wouldn’t seem like news at all. It would seem like old stuff...

Michael Reagan: All is fair in the war on Trump

Michael Reagan: All is fair in the war on Trump

It’s not like it was something we didn’t already know. But what the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s did to President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is fresh proof that there are two kinds of justice operating in...

States missing out on online sales taxes for the holidays

States missing out on online sales taxes for the holidays

WASHINGTON — States such as Ohio, California, New York and Texas likely will miss out on millions in sales tax revenue this holiday shopping season because they have failed to implement laws and regulations for collecting state sales tax from online purchases....

David Trinko: Waking up to the sounds of the season

David Trinko: Waking up to the sounds of the season

The Christmas season can motivate children into the best of behaviors. The upcoming holiday chides plenty of children into acting their best, cleaning up after themselves and smiling for pictures. Now add waking up to that list. A few months ago, my wife and I...

Legal-Ease: Am I responsible for my spouse’s bills?

Legal-Ease: Am I responsible for my spouse’s bills?

Being married to someone obviously means more than monogamy and cohabitation. In some instances, being married can make a person liable for some of that person’s spouse’s financial obligations. Generally speaking, married people can have very separate...

Don Stratton: Reality TV shows — Where’s the reality?

Don Stratton: Reality TV shows — Where’s the reality?

I am not a big fan of so-called “Reality” TV shows because I doubt that reality is even a factor in most of them. A couple of shows dealing with antiques and collectibles can be informative, but I watch them occasionally knowing that they contain more...

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Letter: Let’s not re-live terrible past

Letter: Let’s not re-live terrible past

I saw a disturbing incident near the Brower Road apartments recently when picking up my children for school. One of the parents had a problem with her car. It quit running. The child got out and walked to the bus stop. The car sat there. Car after car drove by. No one...

Letter: Sherrod Brown should focus on his job in Ohio

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is talking about a presidential run. Last month, as an incumbent 12-year senator who outspent his relatively unknown opponent, six to one, Brown still only garnered 53 percent of the vote. Maybe he should be focused on serving the good...

Letter: Stealing mail is pretty low

It is a federal crime to take someone’s mail from their mailbox. It gets dark early and the mailman is late with all the extra mail. Then we are out shopping or at work and come home to no mail. I has has happened often since Thanksgiving. If the thief(s) takes...

Letter: Barra inflicting demise of GM

Letter: Barra inflicting demise of GM

It is with great surprise that Mary Barra, the chairwoman and CEO of General Motors, would initiate the closing of American and Canadian automobile plants in order to build electric cars in Mexico and China. She apparently doesn’t realize this move would produce...

Letter: Stand your ground against bad law

It has been said that it matters not so much where we stand, but more importantly, what direction we are moving in. I say that regarding Ohio House Bill 228, better known as the “Stand your Ground Bill.” This is the first pro gun legislation, nationwide,...

Letter: Lima residents show love, sharing

I would like to thank the unknown persons who paid my lunch bill Saturday, Dec. 8, at Bob Evans on the east side. What a very nice holiday gift and good feeling. Lima has a lot of people with love and sharing in there hearts. Again, thank you! Wilbur Myers , Lima,...

Letter: A great lunch made even better

Recently four best friends since junior high enjoyed a lot of laughs and a Christmas lunch at The Met. When we asked for our checks, we were told that someone had “taken care” of them. What a pleasant, unexpected surprise. So from four ladies from the Lima...

Letter: Rules for help black and white

I am a black inmate at the Allen County jail with a crack cocaine addiction. I recently requested an order for Drug Court from Lima Municipal Court. I was denied. Many inmates here believe it is because my drug of choice isn’t heroin. The heroin epidemic has hit...

Letter: Nice surprise during holiday

We would like to express our thanks to the gentleman who paid for our breakfast at LuLu’s on a recent Saturday. Our waitress told us he was sitting at the next table, and while he wished us a “good day” as he left, we had no idea he paid for our...

Letter: Silent majority needs to speak

Letter: Silent majority needs to speak

For the last several weeks Americans have been told by the news media that the journalist (Jamal KhasHoggi) was killed in Turkey at the Arab embassy, was butchered and dismembered and it was an unbelievable heinous crime. There are 7.7 billion people in the world and...