Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Sandusky Register, June 19
A new breed of beer lovers has emerged in the last decade — the samplers, the seekers of the finest beers around…
In 2015 alone, craft beer grew to be a $22.3 billion industry in the U.S. Craft beers are generally more expensive than mass market beers, but their value is in brewing the finest hops, grains, malts into a beer worthy of the title “craft beer.” Creating and marketing these varieties is both an art and a skill for brewmasters — one that can be likened to fine winemakers…
Many of the formulas for complex beers are limited by state laws which regulate the acceptable level of alcohol. In the case of craft beers, the law that was a good idea decades ago no longer is appropriate for new brews. Gov. John Kasich, recognizing the need for change, signed a bill eliminating the 12 percent level, thus giving the nod to fine brews being produced in Ohio.
Those opposed to the bill are concerned about the ramifications of allowing drinks which may have alcohol levels up to 16 percent…
In short, the laws loosening restrictions on alcohol percentage speak to a new generation of beer lovers. If the craft brew industry can bring in more than $20 billion in a year, Ohio better tap into that.
The (Toledo) Blade, June 20
The terrorist attack on the Bataclan Theater in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed dozens of people attending a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal caused changes within the music industry.
The June 10 killing of singer Christina Grimmie after a show in Orlando has the potential to radically alter the industry as well.
Fans — specifically their behavior in the weeks and months ahead — will play a big role in shaping the future of live music.
The attack on the Bataclan shattered the escapism that comes with music — particularly live music. The Bataclan — and to that point, all live music venues — was a safe haven, a place that fans could get away from bills and stress for a few hours. The attack altered that insulated dreamland…
The shooting death of Ms. Grimmie cut even deeper into the psyche of the industry. She was killed during a meet-and-greet — a magical time for fans when they get to shake hands, hug, and take pictures with artists they follow and admire…
Live music can be transformative, inspiring, and magical. There is no reason that this has to change. The reactions and behavior of fans can go a long ways toward ensuring that it does not.
The (Canton) Repository, June 17
Due to the city of Canton’s financial standing — a $5.1 million projected shortfall that required painful cuts to personnel — the annual Fourth of July celebration is in jeopardy.
The city can’t, and so the city won’t, pay for the $25,000 fireworks display that caps off the Monumental 4th celebration, or for the costs of entertainment, overtime for city workers and portable bathrooms.
Canton has been in this position before and will find itself in this position again. The city’s obligated to preserve the health and welfare of its residents by providing adequate police and fire protection and essential basic services. Its general fund cash position precludes it from doing even that, let alone fund a fireworks show and all the pomp that precedes it. The decision to eliminate the expense is justifiable; anyone using common sense would reach the same conclusion.
We’ll go as far to say that Canton should not spend any tax dollars on fireworks not only this year but also in years to come — at least not until it can staff its safety forces adequately without the looming threat of cuts…
Nevertheless, we hope enough individuals and businesses step up to preserve the event this year and years to come.
The Akron Beacon Journal, June 15
President Obama asked: “When does this stop?” He had Donald Trump in mind, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee having suggested, in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, that all Muslim immigrants pose a threat to American security…
Trump even made the outrageous suggestion that somehow the president sympathizes with the Islamic State, calling on the president to resign because “he doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands.”
A day later, the president responded sternly and with no small amount of frustration. He rightly described Trump as “dangerous.” Most important, he reminded that “we’ve gone through moments in our history before where we acted out of fear, and we came to regret it.”
Yes, we did. Go back just a decade or so to the excesses following the Sept. 11 attacks, fear driving the use of torture (at odds with treaties and laws), plus the overreach in surveillance, the country jeopardizing its values, diversity, tolerance, freedom. That, regrettably, is what Trump now appears to advocate…
…What the country should grasp after all these years is that our greatest asset is our values. Which Donald Trump doesn’t see if the words he has been uttering truly represent what he thinks.