Editorials from around Ohio
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Marietta Times, Jan. 18
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson has an idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration. At first, it may sound a bit far-fetched. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a look.
If the shutdown/immigration issue is not settled by the time of his address, Trump should use the televised speech to offer to negotiate, right there and then, Johnson suggests. “With the entire federal legislative branch in the same room, it would be a great opportunity to craft a deal — right before the eyes of the American people, so they could see for themselves who is willing to negotiate and who is not,” Johnson explained in a press release.
Johnson’s brainstorm may not be practical, even if the president considers it. And given Pelosi’s power play, it may not be possible. But at this point, with very little reason for optimism over the situation, it may be time to resort to unusual tactics.
The Canton Repository, Jan. 22
Sometime within the next few weeks, barring complications, Noah Schumacher will provide a life-saving gift to a total stranger, someone whose identity he might never learn.
Schumacher, the senior pastor at High Mill Church in Plain Township, will donate a portion of his liver to a dying child. His story, reported by Charita Goshay, and how his original goal of helping to save the life of his own mother took an unexpected turn, was shared in Monday’s edition of The Canton Repository.
That Schumacher would donate a vital organ to a stranger made the story unusual, but that he would join a growing list of people choosing to make life-altering donations continues to become more common, although still nowhere near the level needed to meet huge demand, both locally and nationwide.
According to Lifebanc, organ donors can save the lives of up to eight people by giving their heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, small intestine and pancreas. A tissue donor can save and heal more than 50 lives through the donation of skin, cartilage, corneas, fascia, heart valves and veins.
The first step to saving a life (or many): register at the Ohio Donor Registry.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jan. 18
For roughly 40 years, since Ohio’s lieutenant governors stopped being state Senate president, the lieutenant governorship has been a job in search of duties, besides any assignments a governor may make — or of course the significant duty of succeeding that governor should he or she die or resign.
Today, Ohio’s lieutenant governor is suburban Columbus Republican Jon Husted, Gov. Mike DeWine’s running mate, whose assignment will be to lead the Office of InnovateOhio.
The General Assembly, in its lame-duck December session, among other things approved pay raises for elected officials. Senate Bill 296 set the governor’s salary at $154,248 and the lieutenant governor’s at $113,947. Or is it $176,426? The answer is, “It depends,” thanks to muddled legislation that can keep Ohioans in the dark about the lieutenant governor’s pay.
Plainly put, $113,947 is the lieutenant governor’s default salary. But in creating InnovateOhio within DeWine’s office, SB 296 also set the salary of InnovateOhio’s director at $176,426.
To serve voters, Ohio needs to set one clearly defined salary for its lieutenant governors that reflects the expectation of their ancillary roles.
The Blade, Jan. 22
There can be no question that former Michigan governor John Engler was the wrong man for the job.
The only questions are why the Michigan State University board of trustees took so long to see it, and whether they can finally set a new course toward healing at the university.
Leading Michigan State out of the morass that was the Nassar scandal is a job for a sensitive, strategic caretaker who could shepherd the university out of turmoil. It was not a good job for Mr. Engler.
Mr. Engler told the Detroit News that some of the hundreds of women Nassar assaulted were “enjoying” their time “in the spotlight.”
And while that remark was the final straw for trustees, they needn’t have waited for it. Mr. Engler showed from the very start that he was the wrong man for the job.
Michigan State’s board of trustees has yet to show the school’s students, their families, and the taxpayers that they are up to the job facing the Nassar scandal and leading MSU past it.
The Michigan State community could not trust Ms. Simon and her administration to respond to the complaints about Nassar. It couldn’t trust Mr. Engler to lead the school on a new path. Can the community trust the trustees to finally put a capable person in charge?
The students, taxpayers, and state authorities must demand better.