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Mixed message sent about home rule
BY MARILOU JOHANEK BLADE COLUMNIST
The Ohio Supreme Court needs to make up its mind. Do local governments have a constitutional right to home-rule authority? …

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Teachers failing in their jobs
Letters to the Editor
Marilou Johanek’s Feb. 21 op-ed column, “A lesson for Ohio: New tests no walk in the PARCC,” about student testing sadly proves that teachers’ unions have failed at their job. …

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Food run

Federal economists, it appears, can predict grocery prices with alarming accuracy. They warned that groceries would cost 3.5 percent more in 2014 because of drought in the West. Prices actually rose by 3.4 percent last year. …

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State of education

Congress was preparing to revisit the No Child Left Behind law, until House Republican leaders abruptly postponed that effort on Friday. But lawmakers’ agenda remains the same: to ensure that the performance of public schools continues to be monitored, and that educational opportunities are equitable and adequate for all students. These goals can be achieved without the excessive testing that …

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Register voters online

As the General Assembly gets down to what passes for work in the Statehouse, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is again promoting his sensible plan to enable Ohioans to register to vote online. Perhaps this year, state lawmakers — especially Mr. Husted’s fellow Republicans — will finally conclude that modernizing and improving Ohio’s election system and encouraging more people …

Updated 18 hours ago
Bad system weighs heavily on judge
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
DETROIT — Wayne County Chief Probate Judge Milton Mack is frustrated with the mental health system in Michigan. He’s seen a lot of mentally ill people pass through his courtroom in his nearly quarter-century on the bench. …

2/27/2015 12:00 AM
Kirk: Kasich's tax cut
BY KIRK WALTERS BLADE EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

2/27/2015 12:00 AM
Substance over symbolism

Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline call the controversial project a central issue in the national debate over energy policy. In reality, the pipeline would have little effect on America’s energy use or economy. Now that President Obama has vetoed construction of the proposed pipeline, as he had promised, he and lawmakers must get to work on …

2/27/2015 12:00 AM
Lifesaving medication

Gov. John Kasich’s new budget proposal includes $500,000 a year for dispensing statewide the drug naloxone, which has saved dozens of lives in Ohio by reversing the effects of heroin overdoses. As more than 1,000 Ohioans a year die of opioid overdoses, Mr. Kasich is making a prudent investment in the state’s public health and safety. …

2/27/2015 12:00 AM
To avoid tickets, pay attention
Letters to the Editor
In response to your Feb. 22 article “Drivers, beware! Website maps speed traps across northwest Ohio, nation”: I have been driving for 35 years through 46 states and towns with speed traps, and received only one ticket for speeding, when I was 16. I’ve gone 34 years without a speeding ticket because I obey the law. …




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