Editorial roundup

First Posted: 10:20 pm - June 10th, 2015

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

• The Akron Beacon Journal, June 7

Whatever it takes. That, in essence, was the approach advocated by George W. Bush in response to the devastating terrorist attacks on that September morning almost 14 years ago … Unfortunately, the response quickly turned into an overreaction, fear ruling the day, leading, among other things, to the use of torture by American interrogators.

… Congress finally completed a correction. Many on Capitol Hill may have little but contempt for Snowden and his methods. Their actions now acknowledge that he has been right. He exposed the executive branch as operating as something of a rogue, casting aside the principle of checks and balances. Now a measure of balance has been restored. The legislation, signed the same day by President Obama, ends the bulk collection by the NSA of telephone records.

Phone companies will hold the information, and if the agency wants access as part of combating terrorism, it first must seek permission from a special federal court. More, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is required to release its key decisions, and independent voices will be part of the hearing process to ensure a presence advocating for individual privacy rights.

… What should be stressed is that the new law, largely the work of House Republicans and the Obama White House, represents a substantial improvement. The government still has the capacity to respond quickly to credible threats …


• The (Lorain) Morning Journal, June 5

The arrests of two Lorain business owners on charges of fencing stolen items aim to send a stern message.

It is hoped that the simultaneous execution of search warrants … will aid in curbing systemic burglaries and reduce the drug epidemic plaguing the area.

The idea is to catch and punish those who receive stolen property and re-sell it and the thieves who invade homes and then approach these unscrupulous businesses to get money for the stolen items …

Crooks have known for years where they can go to get money for stolen items and not have to worry about reprisals.

No more. Those days are over in Lorain …

Lorain property crimes Detective Jacob Morris said it’s not uncommon to see business owners buying stolen items or even acquiring the services of customers to steal items from homes or other area businesses in an effort to support their drug habit …

This continuing investigation should serve as welcome news to Lorain residents that police are fed up with the illegal activity as well.

At the same time, this serves as a warning to criminals engaging in this type of activity: You’re going to get caught and prosecuted.


• The (Bowling Green) Sentinel-Tribune, June 3

Before BGSU officials decide whether or not to pull the plug on their public TV station, they should listen to those who want the station saved.

They should take the advice of public TV’s beloved spokesman, Mr. Rogers, and be a good neighbor — in this case, to those who rely on the station for education, jobs and programming that tackles local topics.

Bowling Green State University may find it awfully tempting to take the possible $40 million the FCC might offer to buy the broadcast spectrum used by WBGU-TV. But supporters of the station hope that BGSU officials consider more than just dollar signs …

If WBGU-TV were to go dark, it would also mean the end of the strong TV production program offered now by BGSU. The students in the program do far more than fetch coffee – they direct actual television shows. Each year, 50 or so students work at the station. Few universities are able to boast of that opportunity …

WBGU-TV supporters want university officials to realize that the short-term gain from selling the spectrum is not a wise choice. They point out that a core value of the university is education – and the station’s role has and will always be to educate students and the community at-large …


• The (Toledo) Blade, June 8

… China has agreed to invest $46 billion in Pakistan to create an energy and transportation corridor that would link the northwestern Chinese city of Kashgar with the southern Pakistani port of Gwadar, on the Arabian Sea …

China needs convenient and reliable access to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Chinese ships now use the Strait of Malacca, a narrow passage between the Malay Peninsula and Indonesia. The proposed route would give China access to the Persian Gulf region and the Middle East …

Pakistan is not safe for foreign workers. To assure the safety of Chinese workers, Pakistan has to address the decades-old insurgency in its Baluchistan province, where Gawadar is located.

The Pakistani army has assured China that its workers would be safe. The promise of economic prosperity in Baluchistan would dampen the insurgency, if not eliminate it …

The Chinese-Pakistan deal has forced Pakistan and Afghanistan to reassess their stances toward each other. The Pakistani spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence, has signed an agreement to train Afghan army personnel …

China may end up doing more to curb militancy and terrorism in the region with its proposed energy corridor than other global actors — including the United States — that have been engaged in the region for 36 years.



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