Editorial roundup


Sandusky Register, Dec. 5

The world’s greatest inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, gets some recognition he is due with the statue of the son of Milan unveiled in Columbus last week.

The bronzed, life-size sculpture depicts Edison standing, holding his great light bulb above himself and looking forward, peering into the future.

There would be no iPhone without him, and Edison will survive all human history to be known as a man who changes the world. The statue wasn’t necessary, but Edison is a hero worthy of such an honor.

The next stop for the Edison is Washington, D.C., where it will be installed in National Statuary Hall collection at the U.S. Capitol Building, one of two statues of sons of Ohio.

It’s been a peoples’ effort from the start to honor Edison, with enormous support from residents in Milan. The support from our region and across the state earned his selection from among a fierce competitive slate of Ohioans that included Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

That same community spirit is still needed to get the Edison statue to the final destination and pay for the trip to Washington. As of Saturday about $2,000 had been raised toward remaining $35,000 needed.

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The (Youngstown) Vindicator, Dec. 5

For more than 100 world leaders, the effects of global temperatures rising have reached a point where urgent action is needed…

President Barack Obama … admitted that the United States shared some of the blame for the environmental changes that have occurred due to human activity …

That mea culpa of sorts from the president was certain to raise the hackles of Republicans in Congress and Republican presidential candidates who have dismissed the White House’s position on climate change as fear-mongering…

There are several pieces of legislation making their way through the GOP-controlled Congress that are designed to block the Obama administration from proceeding with its initiatives…

With the climate-change battle lines long drawn between the White House and Republicans on Capitol Hill, the latest clash comes as no surprise. Obama obviously knows that nothing he says or does will persuade the deniers of climate change that urgent action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions…

… with Republicans in Congress conveying a clear message that the agreement won’t be worth the paper it’s written on, the question of enactment looms large…

… the president’s best bet may lie with the private-public sector effort launched by billionaire Bill Gates and others and governments around the world to pursue alternate sources of energy. Billions of dollars in grants will be available.

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