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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: The congressional guide to insider trading

Whether or not U.S. Representative Chris Collins engaged in insider trading, as federal prosecutors allege, his indictment this week exposes what a poor job Congress has done to guard against such transgressions. Collins, a New York Republican, is accused of sharing...

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Editorial: Ohio State loses either way in Urban Meyer case

Editorial: Ohio State loses either way in Urban Meyer case

Right or wrong, Ohio State University’s reputation will be tarnished further this week when a special committee is expected to issue its findings in the investigation of football coach Urban Meyer. There’s no way avoiding it. Should the investigation...

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Ohio legislators needto address sports betting

Gamblers who like to bet a certain set of numbers might want to add 316 to their favorites. That’s the number of a bill introduced recently in the Ohio Senate to create the framework for sports wagering in Ohio. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May that states may...

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Editorial: The best answer on auto fuel economy

The world is heating up. Wildfires are devastating large swaths of the western United States, Europe has been sweltering in a historic heat wave, and heavy rain and flooding have wrought havoc from Japan to Sudan — all a taste of the damage that climate change...

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Baltimore Sun: Why hide Kavanaugh’s White House past?

Baltimore Sun: Why hide Kavanaugh’s White House past?

Just because the current political landscape in Washington suggests that most, if not all, Senate Democrats will oppose Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court while their Republican counterparts are likely to endorse it, the Senate is...

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Editorial: If president wants to talk, let him talk

Editorial: If president wants to talk, let him talk

If there’s one thing we know about Donald Trump, it’s that he’s a people person. On Monday he said he’d “certainly meet” with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani if the Iranian leader was interested. With that meeting, we will have run...

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Economics 101, from a talking bean

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Economics 101, from a talking bean

Who’d have thought Americans could learn something useful from official Chinese propaganda — let alone from a cartoon bean? A new video by a Chinese government media outlet features an English-speaking cartoon soybean explaining why the trade war started...

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Editorial: Jordan would reframe priorities of Congress

Editorial: Jordan would reframe priorities of Congress

Jim Jordan is the right man for the right job at the right time. The region knows the Republican from Urbana who held the 4th District seat since 2007 as an uncompromising man of principle. The rest of the country’s Republicans should seriously consider his...

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Editorial: Immigration reforms needed, but keep ICE

Editorial: Immigration reforms needed, but keep ICE

One result of public outrage over the Trump administration’s ill-conceived policy of separating immigrant families is a call to eliminate the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Congressional Democrats have even offered a bill to that effect....

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COLUMNS

John M. Crisp: The pope has it right; we should listen

John M. Crisp: The pope has it right; we should listen

I’m not a particular fan of the Catholic Church, but I like Pope Francis, who appears to be a simple, devout, humble man who has somehow found himself at the head of a vast, opulent patriarchy. I’ll like him even more when he finds a way to establish the...

Commentary: Farmers want fair trade, not handouts

Commentary: Farmers want fair trade, not handouts

My grandfather, who was a dairy farmer, would often say, “farmers do not need to go into a casino to gamble. They do it every single day, just going to work.” Farmers roll the dice on the weather, which can deliver unseasonably late snow falls, harsh...

Jerry Zezima: A visit from the tooth fairy

Jerry Zezima: A visit from the tooth fairy

For grownups, making money can be like pulling teeth. Kids have it so much better because they don’t have to pay to have a tooth extracted. They can just wait for it to fall out. Then they can go to sleep and count on the Tooth Fairy to leave them money, which...

Jim Krumel: We’re going to break the rules today

Jim Krumel: We’re going to break the rules today

Yeah, I’m a news guy. And I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m going to anyway. I’m going to break what many of you tell me is the golden rule of journalism. Yep, you guessed it. I’m going to say something positive. You see one of...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Intolerance can never be up for debate

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Intolerance can never be up for debate

Donald Trump is a man of famously definite opinions. Whether it be about Mexicans, Muslims or Mueller, he knows what he thinks and isn’t shy about sharing. So it was telling, one year ago this weekend, when he refused to take a stand. Meaning, of course,...

George Will: If you want peace, prepare for war

George Will: If you want peace, prepare for war

WASHINGTON — Scholars have already debated for decades, and will debate for centuries, the role U.S. policies — military, diplomatic, economic — played in bringing the Cold War to endgame and the Soviet Union to extinction. One milestone was Ronald...

David Trinko: The unexpected joy of the ‘Quirkiest Circus’

David Trinko: The unexpected joy of the ‘Quirkiest Circus’

My home can be a bit of a zoo sometimes. It’s a little crazy with four children, three dogs, three rabbits, a tank full of fish, a cat and a bearded dragon. Still, all that hadn’t prepared me for the circus I discovered when I arrived home from work Friday...

LETTERS

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Letter: Moving the parade not fair

The Allen County Fair is just days away. It’s a summer event that people like me look forward too. For me, I make a beeline tom favorite french-fry trailer right off the bat. All other food falls in line. All the activities are great but one isn’t right:...

Letter: Successful year for swim program

The 2018 Red Cross Learn To Swim Program is completed for this summer with 75 students participating. I would like to thank the Village of Ada for the facility to hold the lessons and to the Ada Kiwanis Club for being our sponsoring agency. The classes were held with...

Letter: UNOH board ignoring problem

My wife and I are residents of Sherwood Park, south of the University of Northwestern Ohio, and we have lived here for 43 years. We are both retired and love having our eight grandchildren at our house as much as possible. Twelve years ago we started making our back...

Letter: Respect needed from NFL players

This is in response to Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, who says “Trump tweets inflame Anthem issue.” This is how I feel about NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem: • Be the change you want to see • Complain on your own time...

Letter: Trump, Jordan have it right

There have been a lot of letters to the editor written lately by those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome and Jim Jordan Anxiety Attacks. These pitiful, liberal progressives continue to try swaying public opinion toward their myopic socialist/communist...

Letter: Too busyto say goodbye

On July 26th I buried my high school sweetheart who was just short of her 87th birthday. We didn’t get married right out of high school because we married others. However, after 56 years we found each other again and God gave us 13 great years together. The...

Letter: Sees no good, hears no good

Long ago an individual with small mustache and enlarged ego tried to conquer the world with unsurpassed hatred. Reading books, free speech and basic human rights were verboten. We thought as free thinkers and free society this type of fanaticism was of the past. But...

Letter: District loses as Jordan seeks power

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan seems more interested in advancing himself to Speaker of the House than representing the people in his district. Let’s send Jim back home to Urbana where he can collect on his congressional retirement. Let’s give Janet Garrett a try....

Letter: Same horror 150 years later

When we fail to realize that each individual that we encounter in life offers up an opportunity for human growth, we have failed both the individual and ourselves as well. Their contribution, no matter how small or large, enriches our own life and because of that...

Letter: Sidewalks for some, not others

OK Lima, where is the Cable Road sidewalk north of Allentown Road for the students going to UNOH? Everyone can see not one, but two, sidewalks south of Allentown Road on Cable. There are also sidewalks on both sides of state Route 309 through the businesses and even...