Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Toledo Blade, Sept. 26
Sometimes equality looks like a punch in the head.
For years, the United States Military Academy at West Point has required its male cadets to box in their first year. But women weren’t allowed to join them. Now West Point has changed its rule: Plebe women, too, must box.
So long as boxing is a requirement for cadet men, that is what equality requires. One might almost say that women must take the tough with the good— but we should not say, when we are talking about women who have chosen to become U.S. Army officers, that the tough is not also good.
Whether boxing should remain a requirement at all has been called into question. It’s a question best left to the experts at the Military Academy. But it is certainly plausible that boxing, which requires its participants to confront physical threats up close and fight them, is valuable preparation for military officers.
In any event, it is only appropriate to mandate it for cadet men if, in the judgment of West Point’s authorities, it is sufficiently valuable. And if it is valuable enough to mandate it for men, it is valuable enough to mandate it for women…
The (Findlay) Courier, Sept. 21
The latest Ohio school report cards, released two weeks ago, would seem to reflect poorly on area schools. But all those “C’s,” ”D’s,” and “F’s” may say more about a still-evolving education system than the day-to-day job our schools and teachers are doing.
Ohio is raising the bar on learning standards so students are better equipped to compete in today’s world.
That’s a positive, especially in the competitive job market.
While the report cards should be taken seriously, there’s just not enough proof in the test results to suggest that any area school is failing its mission.
Quite the opposite is more likely, if one looks beyond test scores and letter grades. Every school has its strengths and weaknesses.
Graduation rates at almost all area schools are above the state average. Individual academic achievement remains at a high level. The evidence comes each spring, when millions of dollars in academic scholarships are awarded.
Participation in extracurricular activities, including sports and music, something not measured in the state report cards, is also at high levels at most schools, and is an important part in building well-rounded students…
The (Youngstown) Vindicator, Sept. 25
By any objective measure, the Republican presidential primary debates were a three-ring circus with Donald Trump playing the role of ringmaster.
Trump’s strategy was to flummox the other candidates vying for the GOP nomination with bombast and bluster.
The political novice and New York City business tycoon chose style over substance and garnered 14 million votes in his victory.
By contrast, the Democratic presidential primary debates saw the two leading candidates, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, engage in intense policy discussions on a wide array of issues. Viewers who tuned in to the televised debates were treated to substance over style.
Clinton, former U.S. senator from New York and former first lady, won the Democratic nomination for president. She received almost 15 million votes.
The contrast between the two party standard bearers has been evident from the day their candidacies were launched.
That contrast will be on full display Monday night when Clinton and Trump participate in the first of three televised debates. It will be aired on NBC with Lester Holt, the anchor of “NBC Nightly News”, serving as moderator. The other two will be on Oct. 9 on CNN and Oct. 19 on Fox News.
Monday’s debate occurs against the backdrop of a country deeply divided along, political, racial and social lines. National polls show that most voters don’t trust either of the candidates…
The Marietta Times, Sept. 24
Revelations of mismanagement, waste and outright criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs have become a regular thing. From veterans forced to wait weeks or months to see VA doctors to outrageous spending by the agency, the VA is an ongoing train wreck.
Quickly, now: How many VA officials have been disciplined because they were involved in the scandals?
Very few. As seems to be standard procedure in government, accountability is just a word in Washington. It is more likely that a VA executive— many of them earn $100,000 a year or more —will be sent home with pay than be discharged.
A bill making it easier to fire VA employees is moving through the House of Representatives, but not without opposition. Many liberal lawmakers, with President Barack Obama leading them, oppose such action.
Why? No employee of government lacks the basic protection of being able to challenge a truly wrongful firing.
In the private sector, incompetence or misbehavior often results in being handed a pink slip swiftly. Not so in government…