Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The (Toledo) Blade, June 15
Jerad and Amanda Miller, the young married couple who killed two police officers at a Nevada pizzeria and a customer at a nearby Walmart, were disturbed even by the standards of the militia movement. Cornered by police, they took their own lives rather than answer to a criminal justice system and state authority they considered illegitimate.
The Millers’ descent into homicidal anarchy was predictable, given the heat of their rhetoric. They said they hated the federal government, people of other races, and anyone else who disagreed with their interpretation of the world.
The Millers were early supporters of deadbeat Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s confrontation with the government last month over grazing fees. Even then, Jerad Miller was itching for a fight he believed would be apocalyptic.
It is a testament to how over the top Jerad Miller was that the Bundy family allegedly banished him and his wife because they were “too radical” for other armed anti-government protesters who were ready to battle local and federal law-enforcement officials.
The fringes of the American radical right are full of characters such as Jerad and Amanda Miller, two deeply cynical and ignorant gun fetishists who believed government exists only to enslave — and confiscate the guns and property of — every free American. They shouted to terrified Walmart shoppers that they were harbingers of a revolution.
They were flattering themselves. The only revolution they might foment is one by ordinary Americans who are determined to keep guns from other would-be cop-killers such as the Millers.
The Ironton Tribune, June 10
As we move into the heart of summer, threats of severe weather that can cause damage to a myriad of property increase.
Things like homes and vehicles are typically the most vulnerable when storms roll in.
Obviously, being proactive is essential to lessening the chances, but when that damage does occur, protecting your investments are always a high priority.
Last year, this was the case for several Ironton residents regarding who was hired to make repairs after severe weather.
So, what can residents do to protect themselves and their investments from becoming targets?
The first step is researching the person or company. This should include checking they have all the proper credentials such as licenses and insurance.
Additionally, check their rating with the Better Business Bureau, the state attorney general’s office and the local police department.
Lastly, check as many references as possible, but not just the ones you are provided.
Many of these things can be achieved with a simple Web search, and if any or all of these things don’t check out, move on to another option.
Unfortunately, in many cases these companies — called storm chasers — will set up shop soon after a storm and only be in town long enough to prey on the most impacted.
Hopefully this is never an issue, but taking some proactive steps and having a plan together in the event you are faced with a similar situation can help lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim.
The Columbus Dispatch, June 16
When the legislature returns to work after summer break, members should support the efforts of two of their colleagues to fix the state’s broken guardian system, as uncovered by a recent five-part Dispatch series.
Protecting the elderly and disabled from abuse is not a partisan issue, or even a debatable one. It’s a matter of basic decency and justice.
Sen. Shannon Jones, R- Springboro, and Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, R-Marysville, say they will push for new laws and, if necessary, a statewide guardianship system to protect people.
They’ve already have met with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and plan to bring judges and advocates together to fashion a solution. This is a smart approach.
Fixing this system won’t be easy. It will require more than legislative rules. It will take financial commitments from elected leaders, expertise from the community and the willingness to try new approaches.
The system, if it can be called that, grew up fragmented among 88 counties. This argues for a fix that applies to all courts….
The Ohio Supreme Court could, of course, do some of this heavy lifting on its own. It has had a committee studying guardianship issues for eight years, but its recommendations seem too modest to address the pervasive problems in the system….
Last year, 24 states enacted laws for stronger oversight of guardianships.
Ohio’s courts, legislature and social-service experts should work closely to make the state a leader in protecting its most vulnerable residents in the guardianship system.
Warren Tribune Chronicle, June 16
A major new natural gas contract will do more than keep tens of millions of Chinese warm. It also will thaw relations between their government and Russia.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials seem to be doing all they can to limit diplomatic leverage our country can enjoy through energy sales.
Under the contract signed earlier this month, Russia will sell $400 billion worth of gas to China during the next 30 years. That establishes a new tie between the two countries, which have not enjoyed good relations for several decades.
There is virtually nothing U.S. officials can do about that.
Americans have plenty of fossil fuels — and many eager buyers. But the federal government continues to move at a snail’s pace to approve seaport terminals needed to export liquified natural gas. In the West, efforts to export more U.S. coal to Asian markets are being blocked by radical environmentalists.
On the other side of the coin, of course, is the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to bring Canadian oil to this country. President Barack Obama’s administration continues to block construction. At some point that could drive the Canadians to sell their oil elsewhere. China has been suggested as a buyer.
For both diplomatic and economic reasons, the Obama administration’s policies on energy make no sense. The China-Russia deal should serve as a wake-up call.