UP: Just in time for the new school year, which starts today, the Findlay school board last week approved a change to the high school’s handbook that allows for certain tank tops to be worn at school. The new policy allows students to wear tanks and cut-off shirts so long as one’s underwear, back, chest and sides are covered. Tank tops must also have a shoulder width of two inches. The decision to change the policy came after administrators met with student council members during the summer to discuss May’s protest of the dress code. The compromise shows that it’s possible to bring about change when both sides are willing to listen. That’s a good lesson for all and a good way to start the school year.
DOWN: August has not been a particularly good month for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. Besides news that he was discovered two years ago in a parked car at 4:30 a.m. with a woman who isn’t his wife, it’s been revealed that FitzGerald had been without a valid driver’s license for much of the period between 2002-2012, although he did have several temporary permits. That would suggest that FitzGerald, who is currently the Cuyahoga County executive, had likely driven illegally on numerous occasions. Some people may find that unacceptable, especially for someone who desires to be governor and certainly the developments won’t help FitzGerald’s chances of defeating Gov. John Kasich. The election is still three months away, though, and is likely to take more twists. Both parties have filed public records complaints against the other in the Supreme Court, and the radio and TV ads haven’t started yet. It could get interesting.
DOWN: The Social Security Administration must have rules to prevent fraud, but the ones it’s using to seek reimbursement from the two children of Donald Miller shouldn’t apply to this case. Miller, 62, of Fostoria, disappeared, and was declared legally dead in 1994. As a result, his daughters received Social Security payments totaling more than $47,000 until they turned 18. The request for reimbursement resulted after Miller resurfaced last year and asked Judge Allan Davis to reverse the “legally dead” ruling. The judge refused, saying Ohio estate law doesn’t allow that after three years have passed. If the Social Security Administration should go after anyone for overpayment of benefits it should be Donald Miller. Dead or alive, he’s the one who is financially responsible for abandoning and failing to support his children.