Editorial roundup


The (Lorain) Morning Journal, Oct. 28

Razing blighted buildings in Lorain County is a good start to reenergizing and rebuilding decaying neighborhoods.

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Lorain County Land Reutilization Corp., also known as the county land bank, announced that Lorain County will receive $1.33 million to remove derelict houses.

The funds coming into Lorain County will ensure that 27 homes will meet the wrecking ball.

What’s good about the recent demolition funding is those structures will come down this year, not next year.

There’s no doubt that blight continues to be a problem across the county, state and country.

And these buildings are not hard to find.

The houses and former businesses have junk cars in the front, in the back, and on the sides, there’s peeling paint, no address numbers, bad roofs, stairs and railings in disrepair, broken windows, accumulated trash, tall grass and some have illegally parked vehicles.

These buildings are havens for drug deals and drug use, for animals looking for shelter, and many have overgrown trees and weeds…

We hope the county will start 2017 with good news that there will be money to raze many more of these structures.

Online: http://bit.ly/2foqL16

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The Akron Beacon Journal, Oct. 27

Donald Trump and fellow Republicans pounced when the federal government announced this week that premiums under the Affordable Care Act will increase an average 25 percent next year. The repeal-and-replace crowd returned to center stage, though, again, without a workable alternative. What they get right is that the act requires repairs, something about which Hillary Clinton readily agrees, the Democratic presidential candidate even with ideas about how to do so.

The projected increase was expected in many quarters, though the size varies across the country, Ohio expected to see a rise of 2 percent. The upward trend goes to catching up, the increases of the past two years, 2 percent and 7 percent, reflecting support the government provided to insurers as a cushion against uncertainty and flux as the insurance exchanges first took shape.

That isn’t to diminish the problems. They are real and substantial, as indicated by the withdrawal of major insurers such as Aetna from Ohio and other states…

For all the criticism hurled at the Affordable Care Act, it remains a work in progress at middle ground, between the dysfunctional market of the past and a single-payer system. Thus, politically speaking, there is a strong case for making the necessary fixes to preserve the exchanges, a melding of markets and guarantees…

Online: http://bit.ly/2foop2y

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The (Findlay) Courier, Oct. 26

“Big Ben” sightings, like the one last weekend, used to happen regularly around these parts.

Back in the day, Findlay High School graduate and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would come back to visit friends, socialize and, often, eat at Tony’s restaurant.

On Friday night, Roethlisberger returned to Donnell Stadium to root on a relative on the visiting team. While it was a low-key visit (he even sat on the visitors’ side), it was good to have Ben back in Findlay, nonetheless.

Without a doubt, Roethlisberger remains one of Findlay’s biggest claims to fame. Earlier this year, www.cleveland.com listed him as the most famous person from Hancock County. It’s only a matter of time before he’s enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Before that happens, though, we would hope there’s a reconciliation between Roethlisberger and the community…

Ben has overcome the criticism he received early in his career, and has proven himself to be a better man, and a good son, husband and father. It’s time to celebrate his football accomplishments and what he means to Findlay, Mount Cory and Rawson, and even Lima.

What do you think, Ben? All of your hometowns are ready for a reunion. Are you?

Online: http://bit.ly/2eErTwq

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The Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 28

Among the thousands of students whose career plans were upended last month with the closing of ITT Technical Institute campuses nationwide, including two in central Ohio, were many seeking training to become nurses. They now face the problem of finding new schools where they complete their training. In some cases, the classes and credits they earned at ITT are not accepted at other nursing schools.

While the demand for nurses is expected to grow exponentially as baby boomers continue to swell the ranks of the elderly, it can be very difficult to enter the field…

Many would-be nurses turn to for-profit private schools such as ITT. Unfortunately, many of these schools are under a cloud because the graduates they turn out have a high rate of failure when taking the national nurse-licensing test…

This is a setback not only for the students, but also for the state and the nation, because the need for nurses is going to become acute…

More must be done to eliminate bottlenecks in the nurse pipeline. More nurse educators are needed, nursing classes must be enlarged and those already in the business, including central Ohio’s low-performing for-profit nursing schools, need to up their game and their test-passage rates.

Online: http://bit.ly/2eNAlHC

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