Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Columbus Dispatch, May 7
The State Medical Board of Ohio is said to be really tough on physicians who are impaired by drugs, alcohol, serious mental or physical health problems, or those handing out a curious number of “pill-mill” type prescriptions. Doctors accused of wrongdoing are “absolutely terrified” of the board, says a defense lawyer who calls the board “punitive” though admittedly “aggressive” in favor of protecting the public.
These complaints, far from being an indictment, show that this board is doing its job.
Numerous state boards and commissions work diligently to protect Ohioans’ health, safety and rights, but it is hard to imagine many other panels that could more imperil Ohioans by looking the other way. If the Barber Board is lenient, generally no one dies …
The board grants troubled physicians some room to get treatment. In 1987, it established its so-called one-bite rule that allows an impaired physician to escape board intervention by completing at least 28 days of residential treatment and staying sober. Several groups now see flaws in that rule and are working to improve it.
Such a review is proper after three decades. But one thing shouldn’t change: This board operates with an admirable amount of transparency. It deliberates cases in the open. It provides extensive documentation online detailing disciplinary actions …
The Canton Repository, May 4
He was the right Republican running in the wrong year, and his party might come to lament their shunning of him come November.
In an election cycle in which many voters on both sides of the aisle vociferously rejected the status quo, perhaps Gov. John Kasich was doomed from the day he launched his campaign in late July. No one could have imagined a year ago that billionaire businessman Donald Trump, by flexing his celebrity and playing to the worst of fears, would run roughshod over 17 candidates, including many senators and governors. But Trump dispatched them all, from the once-anointed party savior Sen. Marco Rubio to legacy candidate Jeb Bush, all while flouting core conservative beliefs and insulting and offending nearly everyone who dared step in his way …
When Kasich announced Wednesday that he was suspending his campaign, he said what most candidates say when the circumstance arises: that he’s proud of his staff and the campaign they ran. Kasich should be proud. He estimated that he was outspent “50 to 1.” …
He told the audience that “we all need to slow down our lives and listen.” He implored elected officials to “do their jobs.”
Sage advice that leaders in the Republican Party would be wise to heed.
Akron Beacon Journal, May 6
A new study projects that two-thirds of Ohio jobs will require a postsecondary credential by the end of the decade. Thus, the state has the crucial task of making higher education more affordable and accessible. The trouble is, as the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania found in its assessment, Ohio ranks 45th among states in the ability of families to pay for college.
This is a familiar story. Trace state spending on higher education back to the 1980, and the state today spends roughly the same amount in real dollars. After necessary yet still inadequate increases in spending during the 1980s and 1990s, the state retreated, the investment falling off and then plunging as the Statehouse coped with the deep recession.
The Kasich years have seen improvements, especially in the current state budget. Yet, as Policy Matters Ohio showed in a recent analysis, state support remains below the 2008 level, adjusted for inflation. The governor and lawmakers take credit for slowing tuition increases, Ohio doing better lately on that front than most states. The problem is, a tuition freeze isn’t an enduring solution without a greater state investment …
As the Institute for Research on Higher Education reinforces, Ohio still isn’t doing enough.
The Vindicator in Youngstown, May 8
There is a number that must be sending shock waves through the nation’s political establishment: 10 million — and counting.
It represents the popular vote won by New York billionaire Donald Trump in his unfathomable bid for the Republican nomination for president. And there are still several primaries left, including the big one in California …
The last of the billionaire’s rivals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, suspended their campaigns last week.
Like other newspapers around the country, The Vindicator Editorial Board considered Kasich the adult in the race, and we viewed Trump as an impetuous, arrogant brat with no respect for the American political system …
There’s no doubt that he has connected with millions of Americans — it does help that he became a household name by hosting the highly successful television show “The Apprentice” — and that his bravado has bolstered his self-image as a fighter.
But being the head of a successful business empire and being the president of the world’s most powerful nation are two very different things.
We must demand better from Trump.