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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).

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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Editorial: The NFL kneels before the altar of profits

The owners of the 32 National Football League teams sent a wrongheaded and, frankly, un-American message to their players Wednesday: Expressing your opinion during the national anthem is no longer permitted. “A club will be fined by the League if its personnel...

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Bloomberg News: How to get to talks with North Korea

Bloomberg News: How to get to talks with North Korea

President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is, in itself, no cause for regret. Going ahead with a meeting that had little chance of success would have been a mistake, compounding errors the administration has...

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COLUMNS

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,...

Cal Thomas: The politics behind separation anxiety

Cal Thomas: The politics behind separation anxiety

Need proof that the current controversy over children of undocumented immigrants is more political than humanitarian? Hillary Clinton said she was “adamantly against illegal immigrants” and supported a border wall until she ran for president in 2016. In...

George Will: Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?

George Will: Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?

WASHINGTON — “This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what...

Joe Blundo: Backpack project wants to help teachers

Joe Blundo: Backpack project wants to help teachers

Melanie Huber has stories that could melt the coldest heart. She teaches special-needs children at Cedarwood Elementary School on the South Side of Columbus. Most of her students come from low-income homes. One child arrived at school without shoes because it was his...

John Grindrod: The epiphany that was the Fuggerei

John Grindrod: The epiphany that was the Fuggerei

Certainly for me, one of the reasons I’ll venture forth to trod on foreign soil is to combine pleasure seeking with information gathering. On my recent trip to Germany, one experience in the ancient Bavarian city of Augsburg, which traces its roots back to...

Kathleen Parker: Inhumanity rules the border

Kathleen Parker: Inhumanity rules the border

WASHINGTON — Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Would it work for you because you’re a stickler for...

John M. Crisp: Trump winning at home, winning on the road

John M. Crisp: Trump winning at home, winning on the road

Whatever you think of comedian Bill Maher, you have to credit him for his apt description of the Donald Trump presidency: Maher, along with others, is calling it a slow-motion coup. A coup that, as he asserted several weeks ago, Donald Trump is winning. On his home...

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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...

Letter: LPD officer’s actions appropriate

Letter: LPD officer’s actions appropriate

After reading various accounts and comments about the recent arrest at the St. Gerard Festival, The FOP, Lima Lodge 21, would like to add a few comments. The ORC291.33 (A) states: “No person, recklessly, or by force shall resist, or interfere with the lawful arrest of...

Letter: A ‘shout out’ for LMH staff

I want to give a big”shout out” to Lima Memorial Hospital nurses on the 2nd floor and hospice nurse’s and a wonderful thank you to Dr. Sandy. My mother, Ethel Argyle Gross, was there for nine days. They all did a great job taking care of her. We were...