Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Cincinnati Enquirer, March 1
The new state education tests are a mess. ...
Students across Ohio are facing a whole new layer of evaluation with the state's adoption of Common Core, outraging teachers and prompting some parents to opt their kids out of the new tests. Opponents of the Common Core standards have latched onto these growing pains as another reason the standards themselves need to go.
We agree that the amount of time students spend taking state and district tests needs to be reduced. It's time to re-prioritize education over testing.
At the same time, the Common Core standards are critically important to ensure the success of Ohio students. The standards remain the best way to ensure students are competitive in a global economy. Common Core strengthens and sustains America's greatness by demanding students' best work, regardless of where they study, and setting them up to succeed outside the classroom, regardless of where they'll live. ...
Politicians and state and local education officials share blame for the crisis that has developed, and they all have a role to play in correcting the situation. ...
The Department of Education must avoid a future similar situation by regularly tracking the number and time-load of tests across Ohio's districts. ...
Let's ensure students have the time they need to conquer tougher standards, not waste their time with additional, unnecessary tests. ...
The Lima News, Feb. 27
If we are looking at the calendar correctly, this is the year 2015. Thus, it is about time that Ohio joins 24 other states in allowing online voter registration.
There's nothing partisan about Senate Bill 63, introduced this month by Frank LaRose, an Akron-area Republican. His bill simply provides for online voter registration while preserving the option of using paper forms.
It has the complete support of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who said that online registration is secure, efficient and saves money. ...
Hopefully, Ohioans won't see a repeat of last year when similar legislation, the Democrat-led House Bill 78, died after sitting around for 11 months with no movement. ...
Ohioans have welcomed the changes in voting procedures the last 10 years. Early in-person voting and no-fault absentee voting have proven popular. The state already allows registered voters to update their addresses online. Online registration would move the needle closer to greater convenience for voters in easing access to the ballot box.
This is a bill that is a no-brainer and deserves to move quickly through the Senate and House.
The Ironton Tribune, Feb. 27
More people die each year of accidental overdoses in the state of Ohio than by car crashes.
That's hundreds of people each year.
The most recently available data, according to state health department records, counted 680 Ohioans died from heroin-related drug overdoses in 2012.
Statistics like those are why the House of Health and Aging Committee approved a bill that would allow doctors to authorize pharmacies to hand out a drug overdose antidote — naloxone — to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription.
Naloxone, also called Narcan, blocks the effects of opiate-based drugs, allows overdose victims to quickly be able to breathe again, and is not addictive. ...
A bill allowing people other than medical professionals to administer this drug is a huge step toward slashing the statistics that made the bill so necessary in the first place.
Every second counts when it comes to saving someone's life, no matter the emergency. Allowing people close to those addicted to heroin and painkillers to potentially be able to save their loved ones' lives is the right call.
The (Canton) Repository, March 1
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about the Cleveland Browns and owner Jimmy Haslam. He spoke about the team's new logo and its future in a competitive league.
But Goodell's appearance Feb. 25 at the 101st annual Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce dinner wasn't so much about football as it was the future. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Village project, which might bring a new stadium, convention center, four-star hotel, sports and entertainment complex, and other facilities to the Hall's campus in coming years, remains in the blueprint phase. For the project to succeed, the Hall of Fame needs the NFL's blessing and financial backing.
Goodell's appearance alone signals his commitment to the Hall of Fame Village project. It's also an indication that Pro Football Hall of Fame President and Executive Director David Baker has gotten the right people to listen at the right time; Goodell spent three hours mulling over plans for Hall of Fame Village before the dinner.
As the Hall embarks on the largest expansion project in its history, it's critical to have the commissioner of the league in its corner. ...