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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).

What you need to do to vote in Ohio

What you need to do to vote in Ohio

Ohio has set a new, almost exclusively mail-in primary election for April 28 due to the coronavirus. Here is what you need to know: Election Day: Tuesday, April 28, will be the day votes are counted for Ohio’s primary election. What’s changed: Polling...

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What you need todo in order to vote

What you need todo in order to vote

Ohio has set a new, almost exclusively mail-in primary election for April 28 due to the coronavirus. Here is what you need to know: Election Day: Tuesday, April 28, will be the day votes are counted for Ohio’s primary election. What’s changed: Polling...

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Editorial: Why our elections need to modernize

Editorial: Why our elections need to modernize

The timing of Illinois’ March 17 primary could hardly have been worse. It took place the day after the state recorded its first death from the new coronavirus and the same day schools were closed statewide by order of Gov. J.B. Pritzker. But he declined to...

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Editorial: Oversight is needed on bailout bill

Editorial: Oversight is needed on bailout bill

An unprecedented effort by the federal government to shield Americans from the worst economic blows of the global pandemic was hailed as a bipartisan triumph when it passed Congress nearly unanimously. That’s why it’s all the more disappointing that one of...

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Hospital layoff shows no business immune from virus

Hospital layoff shows no business immune from virus

A cold, numbing fact of all wars is “collateral damage ” — an injury inflicted on something other than an intended target. The layoffs that went into effect Friday at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima are “collateral...

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Editorial: Plan now for secure vote in November

Editorial: Plan now for secure vote in November

In the days, weeks and months ahead, we can expect all sorts of dramatic disruptions as a result of the coronavirus sweeping the nation and the world. But one that Americans absolutely must begin thinking about and planning for right now is the threat the virus poses...

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What you need todo in order to vote

What you need todo in order to vote

Ohio has set a new, almost exclusively mail-in primary election for April 28 due to the coronavirus. Here is what you need to know: Election Day: Tuesday, April 28, will be the day votes are counted for Ohio’s primary election. What’s changed: Polling...

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Editorial: Good neighbors, good deeds? Tell us more …

Editorial: Good neighbors, good deeds? Tell us more …

So at her suggestion, The Lima News is asking you to share your stories about good neighbors and acts of kindness you’ve experiened during the coronavirus pandemic. Email them to letters@limanews.com, or send them to The Lima News / Good Neighbors / 3515 Elida...

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Editorial: Good neighbors, good deeds? Tell us more …

Editorial: Good neighbors, good deeds? Tell us more …

Theresa Schnipke had an idea she wanted to share with us. We’re glad she did. Schnipke is the superintendent of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities. March is DD Month, and they are celebrating with the theme, “We Are All Neighbors.”...

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Editorial: Good neighbors, good deeds? Tell us more …

Editorial: Good neighbors, good deeds? Tell us more …

Theresa Schnipke had an idea she wanted to share with us. We’re glad she did. Schnipke is the superintendent of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities. March is DD Month, and they are celebrating with the theme, “We Are All Neighbors.”...

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Editorial: Now’s the time all of us need to stay the course

Editorial: Now’s the time all of us need to stay the course

This is when it starts getting tougher. When we really need to dig in. For more than a week now, our lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus. We are not able to eat in restaurants, go to the movies, get a hair cut, attend church services, hold wedding...

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Start thinking aboutimmune Election Day

Start thinking aboutimmune Election Day

In the days, weeks and months ahead, we can expect all sorts of dramatic disruptions as a result of the coronavirus sweeping the nation and the world. But one that Americans absolutely must begin thinking about and planning for right now is the threat the virus poses...

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Editorial: DeWine looks for balance with actions

Editorial: DeWine looks for balance with actions

Striking a balance. That has been Gov. Mike DeWine’s mantra in all matters as chief executive of Ohio since taking his oath of office. The way he runs his administration and makes decisions largely are data-driven, with the goal of striking an acceptable balance...

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Trump has themegaphone, butstates in control

Trump has themegaphone, butstates in control

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has the biggest megaphone, but it’s governors and local officials who will decide when to begin reopening their economies after shuttering them to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Constitution largely gives...

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Editorial: Civil liberties in the time of coronavirus

Editorial: Civil liberties in the time of coronavirus

Americans are a mobile, energetic people with a fierce attachment to personal liberty. We generally believe in doing what we please without having to get permission from the government. We don’t like being told what we can and can’t do. In a free and...

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Editorial: Why you need to be counted

Editorial: Why you need to be counted

You can do your city or county a favor today while you’re stuck in your home or apartment due to the coronavirus. It is simple and will take you only 10 to 15 minutes. It involves that blue piece of paper you received in the mail just over a week ago. Yes, the...

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Editorial: Good news for Lima

Editorial: Good news for Lima

Put away the doubts. The Rhodes State College downtown project is happening as promised. Work on the college’s $24 million Center for Health Science Education & Innovation is underway in downtown Lima with large equipment now preparing the ground. Last week,...

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Editorial: Consider the source of news you believe

Editorial: Consider the source of news you believe

This week, news media across the country commemorate Sunshine Week, an annual reminder that people have a right to know what their government is doing and how their tax dollars are being used. With government expanding to influence ever-greater parts of our lives,...

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COLUMNS

Lori Borgman: Easter a good fit amid uncertainty

Lori Borgman: Easter a good fit amid uncertainty

Picture-perfect celebrations frequently fade into oblivion. The celebrations that are somehow off are the ones we never forget. There was the Halloween in Chicago with unbelievably brutal winds. Trick-or-treating was cut short. Our son and daughter-in-law scooped the...

Dawn Kessinger: Celebrating taxed ladies brings sweet returns

Dawn Kessinger: Celebrating taxed ladies brings sweet returns

I’m always on the lookout for fresh ideas that invite and interest young people in learning. It’s too bad the person who said this remained anonymous: “The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30 percent of their ice cream.” The...

Jay Ambrose: Nancy Pelosi strikes again

Jay Ambrose: Nancy Pelosi strikes again

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump has killed people by the way he has conducted himself during the coronavirus crisis, and, look, I am not going to say in reply that she has killed anybody. But I will say this. She has consistently helped thwart...

Robert Chase: Sorry, We’re out of toasters!

Robert Chase: Sorry, We’re out of toasters!

When the price of oil collapsed to $9 per barrel in the late 1980’s, it was jokingly said that banks in Oklahoma were offering people who opened new accounts their choice of a toaster or a drilling rig. However, signs in the bank windows lamented “Sorry,...

Kelly McDonald: All of us are homeschoolers now

Kelly McDonald: All of us are homeschoolers now

With reports of nearly 1 billion students around the world missing school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, education is poised for a dramatic reset. In the United States, schools have been shuttered indefinitely, with some states indicating that students won’t be...

Jerry Zezima: In defense of grandparents

Jerry Zezima: In defense of grandparents

To Dan Patrick Lieutenant Governor Austin, Texas Dear Lt. Gov. Patrick: I’m Jerry Zezima, a fellow grandfather who has five grandchildren ranging in age from 7 years to 9 months, all of whom are more mature than I am. I’m writing in response to your...

Jim Krumel: Finding the strength: Virus comes with a message

Jim Krumel: Finding the strength: Virus comes with a message

Mary Norman says it is the unknown that bothers her the most right now. She’ll be 72 in May and she and her husband John, 79, are like so many senior citizens today. The coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the country has them worried and shut inside their...

Katy Rossiter: Be involved: Fill out your census

Katy Rossiter: Be involved: Fill out your census

As the COVID-19 crisis wreaks unprecedented havoc, individuals who want to take action against the next calamity the nation may face can begin with one simple, yet significant step – fill out the 2020 U.S. Census form. The information gleaned from each Census,...

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: Trump works for America

Letter: Trump works for America

We have never had a president and staff work so hard to save America’s people as President Trump. Just 10 days after the virus was talked about in China, President Trump put on a travel band. I wish Larry Donaldson and Clarance Roller, who wrote critical letters...

Letter: Time to be serious

Letter: Time to be serious

After a trip to the grocery store here in Lima, I wonder if residents of this city are taking the pandemic seriously. Few customers wore masks and none of the cashiers wore masks. Wearing a mask, as recommended by the CDC, is one of the few things we can do to help...

Letter: I fear not; take me first

Letter: I fear not; take me first

With current projections of millions of cases of the corona virus in America and possibly hundreds of thousands of deaths, the obvious question is, “Who should have priority for access to the limited availability of medical personnel and resources?” If I,...

Letter: Toss out the garbage

Letter: Toss out the garbage

I write to the editorial board in reference to a recent letter which insulted our president by using adjectives about him that no human being deserves. We are the land of the free and that allows us to have our opinions. You are the professionals who can help our...

Letter: Trump’s a real national leader

Letter: Trump’s a real national leader

For the second time since President Ronald Reagan, we have a president who is a real national leader and a public servant. President Trump is showing he cares about what we as a country are going through these days. He is looking out for the good of the peopley. It is...

Letter: Who is your friend?

Letter: Who is your friend?

In response to Kenneth Harris’ letter of March 30, stating we should all vote only for the GOP: This is the same party that lied us into the invasion of Iraq. The same party that deregulated the banks leading to the worst Recession in 80 years. The same party...

Letter: Guidelines for election letters

Letter: Guidelines for election letters

The deadline is noon Thursday, April 23, for having election related letters printed in the Your View feature of The Lima News for the April 28 election. If you had a letter published prior to the cancellation of the March primary, you still may submit a letter in...

Letter: No place for hate

Letter: No place for hate

Why would anyone write hateful articles especially at the frightful time no matter if be about a tiny ant that invades our food pantry or high officials. If you have answers do something constructive with them rather than bashing people. Most people are praying and...

Letter: Lima never said ’can’t’ on underpass

Letter: Lima never said ’can’t’ on underpass

The underpass at Elm Street and Bellefontaine Avenue is functional, much needed, long awaited, very good looking, etc. This letter is addressed to the team that worked so tirelessly to make it real. Thank you one and all. This may be a bit late, but it is very...

Letter: Quit griping about Trump during coronavirus crisis

Letter: Quit griping about Trump during coronavirus crisis

Dear Kelly Anspaugh, Quit griping. Quit blaming President Trump. He’s confronting this situation with all the resources available to him! Stop making everything political during this current time of national strife. Did you gripe this loudly when Obama did...

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