Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The (Toledo) Blade, Feb. 24
Once in a great while, a bill so obviously good comes along that not even one member of the Ohio Senate can reasonably oppose it. Such is the case with a lifesaving measure that would vastly expand the use of naloxone to reduce fatal opioid overdoses, including those caused by heroin, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.
Last week, senators unanimously approved the bill, which goes back to the House. Representatives should approve it, and Gov. John Kasich should sign it.
The bill aims to reduce Ohio’s record number of fatal overdoses from heroin and prescription painkillers - now the state’s leading cause of accidental death, surpassing car crashes. It would allow licensed prescribers to provide naloxone, known by the trade name Narcan, to an addict’s friends or family members….
Naloxone can be simply administered with a nasal spray to reverse the effects of a drug overdose. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, naloxone blocks heroin or prescription pain drugs from binding to receptors in the brain and stopping a person’s breathing. It has no effect on someone who has not taken opiates….
The only argument against expanding naloxone use is that it could enable opiate abusers to keep using. That’s nonsense, and cruel to boot….
Expanded use of naloxone won’t eradicate Ohio’s opiate epidemic. But it will save hundreds, maybe thousands, of lives and nudge people into treatment. That’s a no-brainer, even for state lawmakers.
The (Tiffin) Advertiser-Tribune, Feb. 21
How would you react if your bank gave you an open-ended credit limit - and assured you that within a year or so, no matter how much you had borrowed in the interim, it would be increased?
Banks don’t do that because their executives are well aware of what would happen. But Congress does.
President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure passed by both houses of Congress…, to increase the national debt limit. Already, we Americans are $17.3 trillion in debt - about $50,500 for every man, woman and child in the country. About $6.6 trillion of that has been run up during Obama’s presidency, by the way.
Congress could have set a new debt limit by specifying a dollar amount, as your credit card company does. Instead, however, lawmakers approved a bill stating, in effect, that the government can borrow as much as it wants until March 16, 2015. Sometime before then, a new date, farther into the future, will be set.