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ELECTION LETTERS

The deadline is noon Thursday, October 29, for having election related letters printed in the Your View feature of The Lima News for the November 3 election.

Letters can be no longer than 275 words and must include the name of the writer, the town in which they live, and the writer’s telephone number. The phone number is for verification purposes only and will not be published.

Political letters will be limited to one letter each month.

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EDITORIALS

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).

Editorial: Supreme Court may allow more guns on street

In a development that gun control advocates have been fearing, the Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case that could establish a Second Amendment right to carry a handgun in public, endangering laws in California and elsewhere that allow local and state...

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Editorial: A verdict that must change America

Editorial: A verdict that must change America

Now a nation that was holding its breath for justice can exhale. In one of the most significant racial justice cases in U.S. history, a white Minneapolis police officer has been convicted of murdering an unarmed, handcuffed Black man. A diverse 12-member jury of...

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Editorial: A race against the virus and the legislature

Editorial: A race against the virus and the legislature

Ohioans are on a shot clock. The days are ticking down to mid-June, when an ill-conceived state law will take effect, giving the Republican-controlled General Assembly the power to override Gov. Mike DeWine’s health orders, such as a statewide mask mandate....

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Biden’s pledgeto unify country

Democrats in the House of Representatives have handed President Joe Biden a golden opportunity to demonstrate that he is serious about healing the nation’s most bitter political divisions. Unfortunately, it’s not clear he realizes it. The House recently...

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Editorial: The errors that caused a new border crisis

A potential crisis and a grave political embarrassment for the new administration have collided on the U.S. southern border. Migrant crossings, especially of unaccompanied children, have surged, and the systems meant to cope with such arrivals are under pressure....

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No need to changehow schools graded

No need to changehow schools graded

Ohio lawmakers are talking about doing away with A through F on school grade cards in favor of a ratings system that would tell parents whether schools meet or exceed performance expectations. The legislation introduced earlier this month adds more layers to the...

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A message fromself advocateswith ‘abilities’

A message fromself advocateswith ‘abilities’

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Since that time, people with developmental disabilities have strived to bring awareness and acceptance to the public while celebrating diversity. Most people know someone...

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Editorial: Time to stop messing around with time

It’s nearly that time of year again when Americans reset their clocks one hour ahead, grumble about losing an hour of sleep — and wonder why on Earth we keep observing the outdated tradition of tinkering with time twice a year. It’s a good question....

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Here’s a news flash for Cuomo

Editorial: When will powerful men like Andrew Cuomo finally get the #MeToo memo? Facing growing pressure to resign over sexual misconduct allegations, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday instead offered an apology. Of sorts. “I now understand that I acted in...

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COLUMNS

Christine Flowers: Charging hate crimes is a slippery slope

Christine Flowers: Charging hate crimes is a slippery slope

I have renewed respect for Keith Ellison. The former congressman and current Attorney General of Minnesota appeared on “60 Minutes” last week and said that he didn’t charge Derek Chauvin with a hate crime because “we only charge those crimes...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Why can’t we have nice things?

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Why can’t we have nice things?

Its Constitution fixed the value of African Americans at three-fifths that of other humans. Its bloodiest war was over whether they should be enslaved. It has no institution — not one — that is free of racial discrimination. Yet, we are supposed to take...

Lori Borgman: Cool tip for remembering Mother’s Day

Lori Borgman: Cool tip for remembering Mother’s Day

There are always a few taken by surprise by Mother’s Day. Or at least they claim to be taken by surprise. “Mother’s Day, again? Seems like we just had it.” We did. A year ago. “That thing sure moves around on the calendar, doesn’t...

Column: Speaker of House: Jim Jordan?

Column: Speaker of House: Jim Jordan?

Here’s the headline: Ohio is losing one of its 16 U.S. House seats. Here’s the question: Will anyone notice? After all, because of rigged congressional districts, and not just in Ohio, the British House of Lords seems like an edgy experiment in democracy....

John Grindrod: For Z, a posthumous pandemic-deferred farewell

John Grindrod: For Z, a posthumous pandemic-deferred farewell

There are so many aspects to the pandemic that have been so very sad that it would be difficult to list them in any prioritized fashion. But, should anyone who loves lists try, I think deserving of a slot toward the top of that list is how the virus has impacted the...

Jerry Zezima: Mother and (grown-up) child reunion

Jerry Zezima: Mother and (grown-up) child reunion

I was born more than three weeks past my due date, an act of monumental tardiness that kept my mother waiting for nearly 10 months to give birth to an 8-pound, 13-ounce baby who is even larger now but, sadly, no more mature. But that was nothing — easy for me to...

Jim Krumel: A mom is always a mom — always

Jim Krumel: A mom is always a mom — always

If they don’t know already, Shelley Ferguson of Lima, Carli Brown of Wapakoneta, Nicole Butler of Van Wert and Joanna Kaufman of Bluffton will soon find out. Each became a new mom or a mom again last week. That puts them in a special club. One with an honor of...

Mark Figley: Free speech not compromised

Mark Figley: Free speech not compromised

In today’s wacky world, the preponderance of news that gets reported is that which promotes the narrative of the left. Short of being misrepresented, stories that impede this are customarily ignored. That was certainly the case with some recent good news from...

LETTERS

We welcome letters of 275 words or fewer. Letters are subject to editing for length, clarity and grammar. They should be concise, to the point and original — no form letters, please. Letters dealing with private disputes or containing criticism of private individuals or businesses are not published. Letters must have a signature (unless emailed) and a full name, address and daytime telephone number (for verification purposes only). Writers are limited to one letter a month. Letters may be published on our website. MAIL LETTERS TO: The Lima News Letters Column 3515 Elida Road Lima, OH 45807 E-MAIL LETTERS TO: letters@limanews.com ONLINE FORM: Click here to send a letter to the editor online.
Letter: Climate change should bring alarm

Letter: Climate change should bring alarm

I appreciated this paper’s coverage of the recent meeting of Lima League of Women Voters, “Addressing climate change now called win-win.” Both Mr. Wildermuth and Ms. Belise spoke knowledgably about the causes and effects of climate change. It would...

Letter: DeWine has been a leader

Letter: DeWine has been a leader

I would like to say that I am very pleased and proud of the way Gov. DeWine has handled COVID-19. He has been very up front and excellent with the decisions that he has made and I am very satisfied with them. I would not have any hesitancy to support him in his next...

Letter: No to national police force

Letter: No to national police force

The states of the United States of America created the national government — not the other way around. The powers delegated by the US Constitution are few and defined and those which remain in State governments are numerous and indefinite. We are a Republic. We...

Letter: What really is socialism?

Letter: What really is socialism?

While Sherri Eley’s letter in the Your View column about Jim Jordan’s performance was criticized, Carl Westrick failed to explain an assertion he made in his article “Jim Jordan has my support.” Carl and others use the word socialism quite...

Letter: What’s in the air you breathe?

Letter: What’s in the air you breathe?

The American Lung Association released its annual “State of the Air” report this past week, which included some alarming statistics. More than four in 10 Americans live in an area where the air they breathe earned an ‘F’ ranking in the 2021...

Letter: Hardesty a bold choice

Letter: Hardesty a bold choice

About 33 years ago, my father, Charles H. Hutchinson, a stauch Republican, Rotarian,conservative business and civic leader, made the bold surprising choice to support a little known Democrat, David Berger for mayor of Lima. It was a shock that he and some of his...

Letter: Smith can step in and lead

Letter: Smith can step in and lead

The city of Lima need new vision and revitalization. This vision requires someone with a “pulse” for and familiarity of our city. That person is Sharetta Smith. Her knowledge of the city (born and raised here), her experience working in city government,...

Letter: Swanson offers a plan for youth

Letter: Swanson offers a plan for youth

I have a passion for the youth in this community. As a mother of four children that have grown up in Lima, I have been saddened by the lack of youth programs and activities here for our youth. Therefore, when speaking with Autumn, I enjoyed hearing her vision for...

Letter: Hayes is about unity, inclusion

Letter: Hayes is about unity, inclusion

I voted for Josh Hayes because he is the candidate that will bring about positive change and improvement for Lima. The first impression he gave me was someone who genuinely loves and respects others, and after two years working for him and getting to know him, that...

Letter: Children Services needs support of community

Letter: Children Services needs support of community

Allen County Children Services is asking voters to approve our current five-year, 0.5 mil renewal levy. Approval of this levy will enable us to continue to provide mandated services to our community’s abused and neglected children. This levy was first approved...

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