Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The (Findlay) Courier, June 6
Lawmakers weren’t bluffing when they pledged they would consider medical marijuana after an outside group’s effort to legalize pot failed last November.
Much of that push, of course, came from polls suggesting Ohioans favor medical marijuana, and from concerns that outsiders would again try for a more liberal marijuana law by amending the state constitution.
Not only did lawmakers carefully study the issue, they passed a bill that will become law if Gov. John Kasich signs it.
Kasich should. House Bill 523, while not perfect, is a conservative approach to allow those with legitimate medical conditions to have access to a drug that can benefit them when others don’t.
The legislation won’t appease all. Some people still believe marijuana should not be legalized in any shape or form…
Even if Kasich does sign HB 523, it will take time to set up the regulatory structure to guide medical marijuana. It will not be until 2017 when the first pot prescriptions will be available…
Still, Ohio is better off with medical marijuana passed through legislation than by a constitutional amendment. Should the need arise, lawmakers can simply introduce a new bill. “Fixing” the constitution takes more time and would require going back to voters.
Like it or not, medical marijuana appears to have arrived…
The Dayton Daily News, June 5
It’s a surprise when something that happened 100 years ago tops the list of social-media trending stories — but that was the case last week with an event one could safely say is rarely on the minds of most Americans.
That’s the infamous Armenian genocide of 1915-1916, an ugly chapter in European history when Turkey — then constituted as the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany during World War I — slaughtered more than a million ethnic Armenians. Historians say the event presaged the many later genocidal waves across Europe, Asia and Africa in the 20th century. The Turks, however, disagree.
What drove the headlines recently was a resolution by the German parliament to officially label the event a genocide, partly as a way to acknowledge its own complicity in the Armenian deaths, and as a continuing effort to come to terms with its own bloody history. Now, Turkey and Germany are at diplomatic odds.
Does history ever really go away?
The Newark Advocate, June 4
We understand. Blaming people with heroin addictions is easy. We all wish they had made a different decision. They do too.
But life is never simple and one of its greatest challenges can be overcoming an addiction, especially to a powerful opiate that’s destroying lives and families in every corner of society.
If you’re someone who has dismissed heroin or any type of addiction as someone else’s problem, it’s time to wake up to reality.
Consider that five babies born in Ohio every day experience withdrawal symptoms from narcotics, a number that’s skyrocketed during heroin’s destructive rise. About 75 percent of children in foster care through Licking County Children Services are there because of parental drug use, creating a financial hardship for the agency. And Ohio’s record 2,482 overdose deaths in 2014 — a number we fear was shattered in 2015 — has been well documented…
Quite simply, heroin addiction has become the No. 1 public policy challenge in Ohio, an issue that permeates every crack in our social service, legal and treatment systems, weaving a tangled web of despair that’s getting stronger each day…
The only way to heal our society is to truly admit there’s a problem. Hiding from it and vilifying people who are addicted only makes it worse.
The (Toledo) Blade, June 5
Now that he has clinched the Republican presidential nomination, it has become increasingly plausible to envision Donald Trump occupying the Oval Office.
Much commentary has focused on what Mr. Trump’s style would be: Would he become “more presidential,” for example. But Harry Truman, for much of his term of office, was thought unpresidential. Now politicians seek to imitate and be identified with Mr. Truman.
A far more vital question is what Mr. Trump would be like as commander-in-chief — head of the military and primary architect of U.S. foreign policy.
Foreign policy is at least half the president’s job, and it is the most important part. A failed domestic initiative or a bad cabinet appointment does not imperil the nation. Poor decision-making in national security does.
The presidency is often, rightly, described as the most powerful position in the world, and as such it calls for a degree of care and consideration that seldom is as essential at more ordinary political levels…
Mr. Trump is his own man. He thinks about foreign policy his own way. Most of the Republican foreign policy bench is occupied by neo-conservatives and interventionists, and Mr. Trump is neither of those things. So who will be manning this part of the ship? How will those old hands refine Mr. Trump’s thinking? And how will he challenge theirs?