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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 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: Michael Cohen cannot be the last or only word

Early in Michael Cohen’s testimony Wednesday, the convicted and disbarred former personal attorney for President Donald Trump told Congress that he and other employees of Trump’s private company understood precisely what their jobs were. “Every day,...

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Editorial: Trump administration is getting Venezuela right

Donald Trump has thrown himself around the world stage in impulsive and often embarrassing fashion. He has frayed the trust of U.S. allies while being solicitous to thuggish regimes. But in Venezuela, so far at least, his administration is wielding American influence...

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Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ summit on preventing sexual abuse was never going to meet the expectations placed on it by victims groups, the media and ordinary Catholics outraged over a scandal that has harmed so many and compromised the church’s...

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Newsday: The dangerous rush to judge

Newsday: The dangerous rush to judge

The truth does not run, it walks. It’s rarely known in an instant, or in 140 characters. Truth needs time to emerge, and patience from all of us to let that happen. The outrageous case of Jussie Smollett is just the latest proof of something we humans know well...

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Make El Chapo pay for a border wall?

Make El Chapo pay for a border wall?

After El Chapo’s conviction in a drug-trafficking trial that included florid testimony of jewel-encrusted guns, a fleet of cash-laden jets and a personal zoo with roaming big cats, some Americans have floated an idea they see as poetic justice: Why not take some...

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History will condemn Trump

The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s invocation of emergency executive power to build a wall on the southern border, “Trump’s power grab to build his pet wall violates the separation of...

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‘Nobody cares’ about the deficit

After winning election in 2010, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, co-founder with Jim Jordan of the deeply conservative House Freedom Caucus, regularly issued scathing critiques of heavy government spending and excessive deficits. In 2015, the South Carolina Republican blasted the...

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Commentary: Scaring off Amazon will backfire for the left

Amazon announcing it will not put one of its new North America headquarters in New York City is the latest in a bad run of events that raise the possibility that progressives have overplayed their hand. While progressives may be newly energized after electoral success...

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Analysis: Trump falls short on wall, Dems get less too

Analysis: Trump falls short on wall, Dems get less too

WASHINGTON (AP) — The undisputed grand prize at stake for President Donald Trump in the border security talks was money for his proposed wall with Mexico. He flat out got much less than he demanded. But to clinch the deal that congressional leaders hope to...

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Newsday: Trump must be part of solutions

Newsday: Trump must be part of solutions

America didn’t need to hear from President Donald Trump Tuesday night to understand the state of the union. It’s uneasy, and will be for a while. That was underscored in his address to Congress, as Trump veered from traditional calls for high aspirations...

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COLUMNS

John Grindrod: Dreading the potential demise of the sedan

John Grindrod: Dreading the potential demise of the sedan

When it comes to driving, I spend quite a bit of time behind the left side of the windshield. Despite my logging a little over a half century’s worth of turning keys and dropping gear shifts into drive or reverse and buckling up, I never seem to tire of the...

Kathleen Parker: Hasta luego, Beto

Kathleen Parker: Hasta luego, Beto

WASHINGTON — It must be a grown-up thing, but every time I see Beto O’Rourke, I want to fix him a hamburger. He’s precious. And, if my eyes serve me, he’s hungry. Call it maternal instinct; call it age. But, let’s call the Texas...

Jerry Zezima: Wrestling with unmentionables at the laundromat

Jerry Zezima: Wrestling with unmentionables at the laundromat

It may be true that everything comes out in the wash, but it’s also true that if you’re in a laundromat, you shouldn’t take off your bra in front of other customers before doing the wash. That’s the valuable lesson I learned recently after the...

Jim Krumel: Trump needs to hop into a Ford and head up I-75

Jim Krumel: Trump needs to hop into a Ford and head up I-75

We entered the weekend with no official word on how President Trump will arrive in Lima on Wednesday. President George W. Bush could give him some advice. Bush came here twice, on April 24, 2003, and August 28, 2004. Bush’s first visit, like Trump’s, was...

George Will: Worse living through chemistry

George Will: Worse living through chemistry

WASHINGTON — On Feb. 12, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo,” was convicted of multiple crimes related to running the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s largest. Thirteen days before his conviction, authorities seized enough of the synthetic opioid...

Commentary: To help farmers, rein in agribusiness

Commentary: To help farmers, rein in agribusiness

Recently, President Donald Trump announced that he had negotiated a deal with the Chinese government to benefit American farmers. As described, it would commit China to purchasing an additional 5 million tons of U.S. soybeans. “That’s a tremendous...

David Trinko: Scratching head over the latest wounds

David Trinko: Scratching head over the latest wounds

A 4-inch straight red line is cut across my forearm. I have absolutely no idea how I got it. I’m not entirely sure when I got it. It’s been healing nearly four weeks now. You’ve reached a certain stage of adulthood when you no longer remember how or...

Cheryl Parson: Consumers should protect themselves from scams

Cheryl Parson: Consumers should protect themselves from scams

For the past 21 years, the first complete week in March has been known as National Consumer Protection Week. For us at the Better Business Bureau, those efforts are full-time, all year round. We share important tips and information about dealing with identity theft,...

Legal-Ease: What to do when my parent is losing mental capacities

Legal-Ease: What to do when my parent is losing mental capacities

It is incredibly difficult to see someone we love lose the mental strength that the person used to raise us. Recognizing a family member’s or our own gradual loss of capacity to make decisions (often starting with less ability to make complex decisions) is...

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Letter: Portman knew vote was attack on Trump

Letter: Portman knew vote was attack on Trump

An open letter to Senator Rob Portman: I understand you voted for the bill to stop President Trump’s national emergency declaration, based on constitutionality and precedent. If unconstitutional, this authority should never have been given in 1976 to any...

Letter: Donald Trump only accounts for ‘half-a-man’

Letter: Donald Trump only accounts for ‘half-a-man’

“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very...

Letter: Proposed tax small price to pay to help RTA riders

Letter: Proposed tax small price to pay to help RTA riders

In response to Mr. Bellman’s letter on the RTA tax, I understand that the $1 you pay on $2,000 of taxable merchandise means a lot to you. I invite you to join me at the RTA bus station, at the time of your choosing. I will pay for your bus ride ticket to ride...

Letter: My problem with RTA

Letter: My problem with RTA

I would like a little information on the RTA issue that we will be voting on this spring. Shelia Haney, the executive director of RTA, stated in Thursday’s issue of The Lima News that RTA provides over a thousand worker rides a month. I would like to see a list...

Letter: Trucks should pay more tax

Letter: Trucks should pay more tax

Yes, Thomas Balzar, CEO of The Ohio Trucking Association, we certainly do require improvement to our transportation system of roads and bridges. But to be honest for a moment, the deduction of this fuel tax would only benefit the transportation industry and not the...

Letter: Words ring true on abortion

Thank you Elizabeth Monica for your brief and very accurate letter. I had never thought of comparing abortion to the evils of slavery. Now I will never forget your words. Margaret Cleaves, Lima

Letter: Trump circus comes to Lima

So Trump is coming to visit Lima to try to save Jim Jordan. How many “smoke screens” are we going to allow the the president to have? No tax returns? We the people can’t hide our wealth or lack of it. Let’s go see North Korea, they are are...

Letter: A moment I won’t forgeet

Letter: A moment I won’t forgeet

I would like to give a shout out to the local AEP crew who showed respect for the funeral procession of my sister Julie Greeley on Tuesday on Dutch Hollow Road. They stopped work and put their hardhats over their hearts. In a world often lacking respect and concern...

Letter: What makes a great nation?

Letter: What makes a great nation?

When did we become indifferent to the evil of abortion as we were once indifferent to the evil of slavery? If we truly want to become a great nation, we will cease the killing of its most precious treasure — its children. Elizabeth Modica, Lima...

Letter: Works nights, then mornings

Letter: Works nights, then mornings

Tim Woods is a snow angel for about 10 of us on South Sugar Street in Lima. After working the night shift, he came home and shoveled our driveways at least five times this season. A hearty thank you from all of our grateful hearts. Bobbie Hamman, Lima...