- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

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

The Salem News, May 24

President Barack Obama has taken vote-buying for himself and his Democrat Party to a new high in politics. Last week, through an announcement by Vice President Joe Biden in Columbus, Ohio, he made a bid for 4.2 million new loyalists.

Biden announced the White House is ordering sweeping changes in rules for overtime pay affecting salaried workers. Many of them are not eligible. But for those who are, current rules exempt those with salaries of $23,660 and above.

Obama will more than double that to $47,500, making about 4.2 million more people eligible for overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week.

That should put $1.2 billion a year more into the pockets of those affected, Biden bragged.

That averages less than $300 per worker, which will be eaten up by inflation resulting from Obama’s other policies. Many of the alleged beneficiaries need more than $300 to cover health insurance costs- as a direct result of Obamacare.

To curb that inflation, many companies will have to make changes, perhaps cutting payrolls.

Obama wants us to believe money grows on trees. It does not. We all- not just the rich -pay for his social engineering, vote-buying policies…

Online:

https://bit.ly/1TRpXxj

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The Vindicator, May 28

The Ohio General Assembly acted responsibly and speedily this week in unanimously adopting legislation that inserts clear and necessary standards into state law for prompt community notification of lead or other impurities in our drinking water.

The Senate on Wednesday passed House Bill 512, which ensures implementation of its provisions supported by the administration of Gov. John Kasich will not be delayed until after the long summer legislative recess.

The bill tightens requirements for testing for and notification of lead in water from public systems. Residents and other users would have to be informed within two days if lead and copper levels topped allowed thresholds. The current deadline is an overly generous 30 days.

Those of us in the Mahoning Valley will recall that the reforms grew out of a public-health dilemma in the village of Sebring, where a series of unconscionable games of “Who’s on First” between village and state officials delayed notification for months of excessive levels of lead in that community’s water system last fall and this winter.

It is our hope that all of the elements of the new law are rigidly followed and enforced so its primary objective can be met: Ohioans will never again face the irresponsible bumbling and in- action among state and local leaders that played out in Sebring for far too long…

Online:

https://bit.ly/1THj0wq

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Akron Beacon Journal, May 27

Hillary Clinton already has admitted errors in the way she handled email during her time as secretary of state. A report from the State Department inspector general, released on Wednesday, fills in details about the mistakes she made. The criticism is sharp at times, and appropriately so. Clinton had opportunities to do things differently, as today she says she wishes she had, but she let them slide.

That said, this matter deserves some perspective. The inspector general makes plain that the department has been slow to adapt and implement policies in the era of the Internet, revealing “longstanding, systemic weaknesses.”

Clinton has been cudgeled for using a personal mobile device to conduct department business. The report maintains that she did not ask for permission. At the same time, department procedures lacked clarity. A timeline in the report reminds even a 2014 update left room for using personal email.

At one point, a staff member suggests Clinton start using the State email system. She sounds open to the idea in an email exchange, as long as private messages are protected. But things stopped there.

The first problem with the Clinton email, as discussed in the report, is her failure to follow procedures for archiving communications…

Online:

https://bit.ly/1WUGOTr

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Warren Tribune Chronicle, May 26

One online charter school in Ohio informed students they had to be logged onto the institution’s website for only 60 minutes a day. Another had just 16 full-time students, not the 57 it claimed. Others claim students spend the five hours a day required by the state, but cannot prove it.

For this, Ohioans are paying $275 million a year in subsidies to online charter schools. Talk about a bad deal.

State-subsidized charter schools have been a nightmare for Ohioans since they were established just a few years ago. Some requiring in-person attendance were caught lying about enrollment as well as student achievement. The state itself got caught lying in reports about charter school success, at one point telling federal officials the number of failing charters in Ohio was just one-tenth the actual figure.

State officials have worked hard to clean up their act- but clearly, they have a long road yet to travel in that regard.

Properly regulated and monitored, charter schools can be an excellent addition to a state’s public education network. But that simply has not happened in Ohio…

Online:

https://bit.ly/24gL66V

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