Editorials from around Ohio


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

(Steubenville) Herald-Star, Nov. 6

No matter what, we’re Americans. With violence and claims of paid violent actors taking part in political rallies, increasingly angry chants against opponents, the rise in broadcast ads that either stretch the truth or insult the character of those seeking office, the 2016 election has been something to draw in the entire population, it seems. …

It won’t magically end after the polls close and the votes are counted on Tuesday.

But, perhaps more than ever, people need to remember that we are Americans and we share a great nation, gifted with natural resources, resourceful people, manufacturing might, colleges from coast to coast and the freedom to choose what we will do today. …

We don’t expect a full-on national group hug to break out.

But we would remind people that words have impact, and what you write and publish on Facebook can harm relationships when the words jump off the screen and into the mind of the reader.

The best hope is that Trump’s rhetoric and the Democrats’ paid violent responses don’t lead to a permanent uncorking of age-old bigotries that were on display during the campaign.

Online:

http://bit.ly/2fQSA2C

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(Warren) Tribune Chronicle, Nov. 4

Both Americans and Cubans would benefit from normalization of relations between our two countries, President Barack Obama vowed two years ago.

Then, despite concerns expressed by many Democrats and Republicans in Congress, Obama proceeded to lift many of the diplomatic, economic and social barriers that had been in place for more than half a century.

They were erected after Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, nationalized assets owned by many American individuals and businesses, and launched an ongoing campaign of repression against his own people.

Normalizing relations would help Cubans by improving their economy and opening channels of commerce between our two countries, the president said.

Well, that might occur — if the Cuban government would allow it.

It is not doing so, as The Associated Press reported this week. Except for a few airlines, hotel companies and other tourism-related businesses, Havana continues to keep U.S. businesses from opening up shop in Cuba.

That country’s economy remains under tight government control, with the communist rulers still determined to limit free enterprise.

It may well be too late to close the Pandora’s Box opened by Obama. Still, Cuba should not be permitted to cherry-pick what U.S. businesses it will permit, while capitalizing on tourism by Americans and markets for Cuban goods in this country. The newly-opened street cannot be limited to one-way traffic.

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http://bit.ly/2etKOGy

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The (Youngstown) Vindicator, Nov. 6

We all know that times change.

Ours used to be an agrarian economy. Then an industrial economy. And now a technological and service economy.

These evolutions are driven by visionaries who invented steam engines, locomotives, telegraphs and telephones, automobiles, assembly lines, aircraft, radio and television, computers, 3D printers and a million other things that have changed life in ways that had not been imagined.

Most of us are just along for the ride. But we ought to be able to expect our political leaders to be a bit further ahead of the curve than the rest of us — in other words, to lead. …

American manufacturing wages average $26 an hour, while those in China and Mexico are $2 or $3 per hour. Any tariff high enough to offset that difference would do more to drive up prices on imported goods and start a trade war than return to the United States jobs that already have been lost.

And for the blue-collar worker, things are going to get worse. Technology is coming for a whole new group of workers, and virtually no one is talking about it. Through three presidential debates, no moderator and neither candidate brought it up. We’re talking about jobs in transportation and delivery — jobs that today pay well, but will begin to disappear as nascent technology matures.

Two weeks ago, a tractor-trailer rig outfitted with Uber technology delivered a load of 50,000 cans of Budweiser across 120 miles of Colorado highways. A driver got the big rig onto the interstate and then sat back and did nothing for the rest of the trip.

It seems that autonomous vehicles are on track to become a reality long before anyone outside of the high-tech community would have imagined. …

Millions of jobs on which today’s families rely are going to disappear, some within the next few years. Now is the time to start talking about this next wave of job losses and what it will do to the economy. …

Online:

http://bit.ly/2esmWTZ

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The Lima News, Oct. 29, 2016

You can control what happens to your car when you die. You can direct what happens to your house when you head to the great beyond. You can even say what happens to your beloved pets when you leave this life.

Yet, in Ohio, you have relatively little say in what happens to your accounts with Apple, Facebook, Google and Yahoo when you pass away.

That’s why we’re grateful to state Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Allen County, for co-sponsoring a bill to establish what happens with your “digital assets” when you die. …

A similar measure passed in 21 other states, so Ohio has a good framework from which to start.

It’s pretty frightening how little control you have otherwise.

According to research by the Ohio State Bar Association, different providers have different standards.

“Apple appears, by far, the most restrictive of the providers, noting in its iCloud Terms of Service that ‘any rights to your Apple ID or Content within your Account terminate upon your death,'” Lori L. Kuchmay reported to the OSBA.

The OSBA also found Facebook wouldn’t let family members log into your account, but it would honor their request to remove the page or turn it into a memorial page. Yahoo won’t allow access to the account, but it could help you close or delete it for privacy concerns. …

We’re hopeful the Ohio House and Senate will take the appropriate action to consider and pass this legislation, simplifying the process. …

Online:

http://bit.ly/2fQVG6z