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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).

Editorial: A step backward on traffic stops

Editorial: A step backward on traffic stops

It has long been too easy for police to stop motorists on the highway — even without sufficient reason to believe that the driver committed a crime. On April 6, the Supreme Court made such stops even easier, ruling 8 to 1 that police may pull over a vehicle...

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What you need to do in order to vote

What you need to do 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: Yes, we can find hope this Easter

Editorial: Yes, we can find hope this Easter

President Donald Trump tried to reassure a worried nation in the final week of March that things were getting better regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. He talked about a “light at the end of the tunnel” and envisioned packed church pews on Easter Sunday as...

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Editorial: Not a coincidence more minorities killed by virus

Editorial: Not a coincidence more minorities killed by virus

As COVID-19 spreads across the United States, Americans can see the grim daily tallies of the cases and deaths, broken down by geography, age and sex. Only a few jurisdictions, however, are breaking down the numbers by racial and ethnic groups as well, and the story...

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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 to do in order to vote

What you need to do 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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COLUMNS

Ask a Doctor: Prostate biopsy key to diagnosis

Ask a Doctor: Prostate biopsy key to diagnosis

Question: What can Ask a Doctor tell me about a ultrasound-guided transperineal prostate biopsy? Do they put you out for this? How do you feel afterward? — Henry, of Lima This is a particularly good question. This is a common procedure done to study the disease...

Dr. Jessica Johnson: Joy and laughter during COVID-19

Dr. Jessica Johnson: Joy and laughter during COVID-19

Having to self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many families spending more quality time with one another. Although we’ve heard lots of humorous accounts of kids getting bored and driving their parents and siblings crazy while being...

Sherrod Brown:Democrats facingdouble trouble

Rumblings from inside the rotunda at 1 Capitol Square in Columbus: While the presidential election has been completely upended by the coronavirus pandemic, the campaign of Democrat Joe Biden held an organizing call Tuesday with what they said was about 1,500 Ohioans...

Dawn Kessinger: Strangers find common threads – joy, pain

Dawn Kessinger: Strangers find common threads – joy, pain

The Incredible Hulk-like man stood alone in line to get ice cream. No one seemed to have difficulty keeping 6 feet away from him. In fact, most people stepped even farther away. Half a tattoo on his massive, muscled upper arm peeked from under the sleeve of his...

Christine Flowers: Why we’re not all in this together

Christine Flowers: Why we’re not all in this together

So many of us are parked in front of our television sets these days, more out of necessity than desire. After hundreds of hours of viewing, of clicking the remote because I’m too lazy to walk the 3 feet and manually change the channel, of enduring another season...

John Grindrod: Someone got rich doing what?

John Grindrod: Someone got rich doing what?

Generally, I’m not much into reality TV and have found it quite easy over time to avoid the siren’s song that lured so many close to the dangerous rocks which bear the names of shows like Jersey Shore, Toddlers and Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo....

Horace Cooper: We need postal service now more than ever

Horace Cooper: We need postal service now more than ever

One of the few trucks to drive the lonely dirt road to my family’s place in the rural heart of Texas lately has been the U.S. Postal Service truck. Like many jurisdictions during COVID-19, in my neck-of-the-woods there are limited retail sales in...

Paul Steidler: The Postal Service and COVID-19 Opportunism

Paul Steidler: The Postal Service and COVID-19 Opportunism

The Postal Service, leading House Democrats and postal unions are using the COVID-19 crisis to raise fears of an imminent postal collapse, demand $89 billion in unrestricted federal grants and loans, and to beat up the Trump administration. The situation underscores...

Jerry Zezima: Just what the doctor ordered

Jerry Zezima: Just what the doctor ordered

If I have learned anything during this pandemic, aside from the fact that it’s extremely difficult to eat while wearing a face mask, making starvation another health risk, it’s that having a good doctor is very important. I also have learned that...

The heroes of today, yesterday

The heroes of today, yesterday

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health-care professionals, who are saving others...

LETTERS

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Letter: Batchelder family offers inspiration

Letter: Batchelder family offers inspiration

With all the gloomy news of today, it was refreshing to read of the Batchelder family and the virtual adoption of their son, Brycson. As the father of five children, two of them being adopted, I share in their joy and wish them the very best. With the bombardment of...

Letter: Enter at your own risk

Letter: Enter at your own risk

It’s pretty bad when you enter a hospital and those clean home-made N95 masks are within inches of the hazardous waist laundry bag where used ones are placed. When I reported this issue to the Allen County Health Department they showed no concern as Lima...

Letter: Handing out gold stars

Letter: Handing out gold stars

We all know what is needed, but maybe we need a reminder. Only by working together will we meet this challenge. The virus is here and the question is “now what do we do?” I would like to write a check for each nurse, doctor, EMS person, etc … in...

Letter: Readers want full information

Letter: Readers want full information

I am curious about why The Lima News stopped publishing the ages of the those who have succumbed to the coronavirus. When Allen County was at 18 deaths, we saw daily breakdowns of the ages and since then,and now that we are approaching 30 I see no breakdown. I think...

Letter: This one’s for you, grandfather

Letter: This one’s for you, grandfather

My subject for this month’s letter is in honor of my late grandfather, Lawrence S. Huffman. His favorite animal was the rhinoceros. There are five different species of rhinos: the Black rhinoceros, the White rhinoceros, the Greater Indian rhinoceros, the Javan...

Letter: Caregivers were simply wonderful

Letter: Caregivers were simply wonderful

I was in St. Rita’s hospital from Nov. 1 through Nov. 5 and I want to thank everyone that took care of me at that time. from the from the young lady in the emergency room who signed me in to the young man that took me out in the wheel chair. All the people in...

Show your support: ‘Let’s Back the Blue’

Show your support: ‘Let’s Back the Blue’

National Police Week was established in 1962 by a joint resolution of Congress to give special recognition to law enforcement officers (LEOs), especially those who have “lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.”...

Figures dont lie,but liars figure

Found on Health.com : 2019-2020 flu season should last into May. From the CDC: From Oct. 1, 2019, to Feb. 1, 2020, at least 12,000 flu deaths could be 31,000 by season end. Influenza B, & A H1N1. Up to 31 million Americans caught the flu, between 210,000 –...

Letter :Teachers were there for child

Letter :Teachers were there for child

I did not think it was possible for me to have more respect, or think more highly, of teachers then when my husband died this month. The teachers at Shawnee Middle School took kindness to a whole new level. They sent my granddaughter Lila Malcolm a sympathy card for...

Letter: Cowards don’t wear masks

I’ve been reluctant to write this letter for weeks now, but I just can’t hold it in anymore. My wife and I just got back from the grocery store and as I sat in the car waiting for her ( I recently had a heart procedure). I noticed that a lot of people...

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