Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Canton Repository, Oct. 7
Amid the political bickering over economic plans, taxes and trade deals that we hear every election cycle come these standard refrains: “All the manufacturing jobs have gone to China and Mexico” and, “Nothing is made in America anymore.”
Those views are stated so often, and go unchecked so often, that they come to be accepted as factual…
It’s not to say that manufacturing in the United States, Ohio and Stark County don’t face challenges… Workers must adapt their skills to new technologies to compete in a global jobs market. Some companies aren’t surviving.
But to say manufacturing is dead here? Not quite yet…
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 687,000 Ohioans worked in manufacturing jobs in August, the most recent month for data. Yes, that’s still down from the figure of 794,000 a decade ago, but it’s also up significantly from a low of about 612,000 in August 2009 as the Great Recession cascaded over the national economy. Job recovery in the sector has been steadily upward, albeit sometimes slow, for the past seven years.
Manufacturing employment in the Canton-Massillon area has followed nearly the same pattern as the state and national trends, with our region — now employing about 28,000 in the sector — closer statistically than Ohio as a whole in fully recovering the manufacturing jobs lost between 2007 and 2009…
The Marietta Times, Oct. 8
When Edward Snowden fled from the United States in 2013, bearing with him an enormous amount of secret government information, it became clear the National Security Agency was anything but secure. Members of Congress demanded and President Barack Obama’s administration pledged to seal up leaks at the NSA.
It didn’t happen. This week it was revealed a virtual carbon-copy of the Snowden snooping occurred earlier this year.
Harold T. Martin III, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was, like Snowden, a contractor providing services to the NSA. He even worked for the same company, Booz Allen Hamilton. And he managed to steal government secrets from the NSA.
Martin was arrested in August. Classified material was found in his home and car, prosecutors say. It has not been revealed whether Martin passed any of the information on to others; his attorney says he had no intention of doing so.
Obviously, the FBI will not reveal much about how it became aware of Martin’s misdeeds. But the very fact he managed to get secret information out of the NSA raises red flags about post-Snowden security reforms. If attempts to beef up security were so weak they did not even deter Martin, one wonders whether they were strong enough to thwart other thefts.
The Lima News, Oct. 6
Giving the gift of hope and life through an organ transplant is both precious and powerful…
Providing someone a second chance at life is a noble gift that most of us support, including nearly all organized religions. Yet, far too few people have actually joined a registry or discussed the topic of donation with their families.
That’s a tragedy in itself as it has led to a tremendous shortage of organs and tissues.
An average of 22 people nationwide die each day while waiting for the organ that would have extended their lives, reports the LifeCenter Organ Donor Network at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Even more sobering is the organ shortages come at a time when there is a high success rate of transplant operations…
In Ohio, more than 3,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant, and hundreds more await tissue transplants.
We urge people to become an organ donor. Just make sure your family and loved ones know of your wishes. It can be a great comfort to them, plus it helps ensure your choice is carried out.
The Akron Beacon Journal, Oct. 5
Among the many reckless, unsubstantiated charges Donald Trump makes on the campaign trail is the assertion that the November presidential election will be “rigged.” By that, he means deliberate, widespread voter fraud could cost him the contest with Hillary Clinton, a corrosive view that undermines confidence in the integrity of the election system. Unfortunately, the message is resonating, especially among Trump supporters…
There are no credible national studies to back up Trump’s claim. Even the views of Clinton supporters are exaggerated. To skew deliberately the outcome of a presidential contest would be virtually impossible, given the country’s highly decentralized process for administering elections and that voting devices generally are not connected to the internet.
In Ohio, Trump’s assertions ignore multiple layers of reality…
No question, the state’s elections system could use improvements, but voter fraud is not among its problems…
Trump has continued to make other assertions even after fact-checking organizations have debunked them. Many risk lasting damage by making it harder for voters to see the real choices. Undercutting confidence in the democratic process itself by raising the specter of massive voter fraud must count as one of the most harmful.