Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Cincinnati Enquirer, July 8
“I think we have got to learn to disagree without being violently disagreeable…” Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said it best: Words matter at this time.
Whether you’re black, white, a police officer or a civilian, people’s emotions are running the gamut from frustration and rage to angst and a deep sadness in the wake of fatal shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Dallas in recent days. The natural inclination may be to speak out and perhaps even act out in response to those feelings…
Our police officers need to know that we are behind them right now. These brave men and women risk their lives daily to keep us safe and they deserve 100 percent of our support, our respect and our prayers during this very difficult and troubling time.
So too does the African-American community. Both groups have suffered immense and unspeakable losses. We cannot let the cowardly and unconscionable actions of a very few become an indictment of either group. Nor can we let the national narrative on police and race relations drown out the reality on the ground, which, in Cincinnati as in Dallas, is more nuanced and positive…
We hope you will heed ours. Respect the police. Respect each other. Reject hate. Spread love.
The Repository, July 11
How it is that a bill that addressed the national drug epidemic and passed the U.S. Senate by a 94-1 vote four months ago finally began receiving final congressional approval last week can be summed up in three words: politics in Washington.
… Sen. Rob Portman has spent much of this year trying to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The legislation would increase prevention and treatment for drug abusers and increase the availability of a drug used to treat overdoses.
The House and Senate last week finally reached an agreement that ironed out the two versions of the bill. The House voted 407-5 on Friday to accept the conference bill, and final Senate approval is expected this week…
The heroin/fentanyl/opiod epidemic knows no boundaries for race, gender, geography or socio-economic status. And yet politicians worry about who gets credit for what…
Portman’s bill would authorize … Congress to spend $181 million annually to implement the law, but would not actually write the check; that’s the job of the congressional appropriations committees. Portman’s staff argues that the money is a 132 percent increase over the $78 million annual level in the original Senate bill…
We hope to see the Senate and President Obama move quickly this week to put a commonsense law in place.
The (Findlay) Courier, July 9
It would be easy to be optimistic about this week’s forecast regarding Lake Erie’s algae bloom, especially since the lake has not yet started to turn that all-too-familiar shade of green.
But Lake Erie must remain under close watch, despite the prediction that this season’s bloom will be 5.5 on a severity index scale of 1-10 with 10 being the largest…
On the surface, the forecast is cause for relief, especially for those who rely on the lake for tourism…
But no one should get a false sense of security.
Scientists believe if a smaller bloom does result this year it will be because of a reprieve from Mother Nature, not due to intervention.
A much drier spring … has meant less runoff of phosphorus from farm fields and sewage treatment plants. That means less phosphorus is making it into the lake where it feeds algae, causing blooms that can blanket the lake and threaten drinking water.
One or two heavy rains, coupled with heat and wind, could increase the projected size of the bloom…
Scientists still believe the only way to solve the annual problem is to minimize the lake’s intake of phosphorus.
… The lake’s long-term health shouldn’t be so dependent on the weather. All stakeholders, not just farmers, must continue to step up and take responsibility if toxic algae is ever going to become a thing of summers past.
The (Lorain) Morning Journal, July 9
One of Lorain County’s most disconcerting cases is nearing an end because the culprits, Heather Koon and James S. Osborne, pleaded guilty to sex-related crimes involving six children in two day care centers…
Koon molested the children and videotaped the acts so that Osborne could watch them…
Koon pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, kidnapping and pandering obscenity involving a minor…
Osborne pleaded guilty to four counts of complicity to rape, complicity to kidnaping, pandering obscenity involving a minor for each of the four victims in the case, and illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance for a fifth victim…
The only reasonable punishment for the couple is the maximum penalty, which is life behind bars.
If they are ever released from prison, Koon and Osborne will have to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. The courts must keep tabs on them.
Osborne apparently believed he could outsmart the system once. As in this case, he was wrong.
The one good thing that came out of Koon and Osborne admitting their crimes, is it spared the victims and their families from having to go to court to testify.