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Opinion

Do your civic duty and head to polls today

When you head to the polls today, you won’t see a race for president, statewide issues or even countywide seats. But that doesn’t mean this election isn’t important. In fact, it’s critically important in terms of local control and grassroots government. Sadly, elections ...

Past presidents are teachers, elder statesmen

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Detailed rules needed with NCAA plan

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. Last week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

Election showcases cast of golden oldies

DEAR EDITOR: I’ll say the 2020 presidential election shall have the most senior candidates ever. Make sure you set your snooze alarm. On this event. It will host Mr. Daddy Warbucks the incumbent president versus a Democratic party of one, convincing his party that he alone is the chosen one ...

Drain swamp of dangerous critters

DEAR EDITOR: The self-proclaimed really stable genius really stepped in it. I would think a really smart guy would avoid betraying the very allies whose invaluable assistance helped our troops dismantle the ISIS caliphate that he alone was tough enough to take on. He probably would not ...

Freedoms guaranteed by Constitution

DEAR EDITOR: If ever a publication wanted to prove the new Vindicator is no longer “the peoples’ paper,” one look no further than your Oct. 24 editorial. You took the position that it was a “good” thing that a lawfully circulated petition by the people failed to record enough ...

Legal marijuana brings big risks

DEAR EDITOR: An article in the Oct. 2 edition of The Vindicator caught my eye. It was from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette talking about legalization of pot! Wow, how long will it take that movement to come to Ohio? Yes, there has been talk in the past, and it even made it to the ballot once. ...

Maternal mental health important

DEAR EDITOR: For nine long months, new parents focus on bringing a healthy baby home from the hospital. But what about bringing home a healthy mom? Postpartum depression is a mood disorder experienced by mothers that causes overwhelming feelings of sadness, anxiety and exhaustion. In ...

High court case answers some questions

I sometimes hear from readers wanting our newspaper to get involved in their attempts to obtain public records, especially when they believe a public agency is unresponsive to their request. Indeed, journalists generally have more experience at seeking public records. However, I’m not an ...

Mixed reviews on governor’s gun proposal

We are sure Gov. Mike DeWine meant well when he introduced his new gun law proposal on the heels of the mass shooting in Dayton. DeWine unveiled his “Strong Ohio” last month, a proposal that includes a voluntary background check for gun sales between private sellers, would increase ...