- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:

The Marietta Times, May 18

One can almost picture Islamic State terrorists in Libya, rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of restocking their arsenal with advanced weaponry, courtesy of the United States.

This country and a few other world powers have revealed a plan to supply weapons to the government of Libya. They are needed to battle Islamic State terrorists and other militant rebels, according to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Some U.S. officials feel a sense of responsibility for the fragile regime because it was this country that set the stage for chaos in Libya. That country was relatively stable until, under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a plan was hatched to depose dictator Moammar Gaddafi. Since he was ousted and later killed, Libya has been a hotbed of violence. The extent of it was downplayed by Clinton and President Barack Obama, even after terrorists murdered the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi.

Kerry admitted last Monday the arms plan involves “a delicate balance.” That is putting it mildly. The danger is that weapons supplied to the Libyan government will fall into the hands of terrorists, as has occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan…

Online:

https://bit.ly/22lMEgt

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The Columbus Dispatch, May 22

In his national campaign for president, Gov. John Kasich preached the need for government to provide a hand up to those struggling. Last week, he did just that back in his home state, asking the legislature to remove a barrier that is keeping thousands of Ohioans from college or a better-paying job.

The governor is asking the legislature to open up high-school equivalency testing to competing testing companies. Currently, the state recognizes only the GED, or General Educational Development test, which has come under fire in recent years for its skyrocketing cost and failure rates.

Kasich proposes approving at least two other equivalency exams and having the Ohio Department of Education offer a high-school equivalency diploma to those who pass any of the three tests, the Plain Dealer reports.

This would help Ohioans who have fallen off track, and it would provide employers with a larger base of qualified workers…

Online:

https://bit.ly/1TFpgIs

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The (Tiffin) Advertiser-Tribune, May 22

Just a few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton and other Democrat Party leaders were chortling with glee at what they called disarray in the Republican Party. Why, with more than a dozen viable candidates for president at one time, the GOP was going to be fractured so badly it could not recover in time to defeat Clinton in November, she and others gloated.

Funny how that proverbial shoe so often switches to the other foot, isn’t it?

Now, Clinton and other Democrats are worried about their own disarray. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ success in his candidacy for president has startled and angered Clinton and company. Now they are concerned about party unity leading up to November.

In truth, what preoccupied? Republicans for several months was not disarray but instead, the political system working as Americans expect it should. A variety of good candidates sought the Republican nomination for president. Little by little, the field was winnowed down by the primary election process. Now, the party has a presumptive nominee, Donald Trump…

Online:

https://bit.ly/1OIMZSD

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The Blade, May 23

The French are pushing ahead with yet another attempt to resolve the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians- seeking a two-state resolution of the 68-year-old problem of the division of land between them.

Unlike previous efforts, the United States would not be in the middle of this one, at least at the beginning. The most recent push ended in 2014 when America gave up on negotiations.

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry see a renewal of serious negotiations on the Israeli-Palestinian problem as unfinished business in Obama’s eight years in office. It is not so much a question of legacy, but more one of a major problem that they have not been able to dent.

In the meantime, relations between Israelis and Palestinians have deteriorated, most recently into a series of personal attacks with knives and other weapons. The casualties have accumulated to the degree that some observers consider it part of a third intifada.

The French have for some time expressed a willingness to take on the project of relaunching negotiations, called by some the Middle East peace process. They are now organizing a conference of foreign ministers of some 30 countries, including China, India, and Russia…

Online:

https://bit.ly/1qECIkh

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