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7/2/2014 12:00 AM
Kirk Walters Editorial Cartoon: Smoker's Club
BY KIRK WALTERS BLADE EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

7/2/2014 12:00 AM
Benefits without dues
Editorials
Just like their counterparts in the private sector, government workers have long been able to join unions, which then charge dues to cover expenses for services that include negotiating wages and advocating political action. And just like their private-sector counterparts, public employees who don’t want to join a union have been able to withhold dues while paying “agency fees” …

7/2/2014 12:00 AM
Smokeless
Editorials
Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins wants to deny jobs in city government to applicants who use tobacco. That raises big practical and policy questions, some of which the administration appears not to have thought all the way through. Still, the mayor’s concept is a sincere and praiseworthy effort that can improve public health while it limits taxpayers’ share of municipal …

7/2/2014 12:00 AM
Fireworks safety
Editorials
Almost everyone loves fireworks, which is why thousands of people are expected to pack Toledo’s Promenade Park for The Blade’s annual “Red, White, KABOOM” blowout on the Fourth of July. Far too many of us will also set off firecrackers at home — even though that violates Ohio law — and almost certainly, injuries will result. …

7/2/2014 12:00 AM
Give credit to Obama for foreign policy
Letters to the Editor
Paul Krugman’s June 23 op-ed column, “Finally, the Barack Obama we’ve been waiting for,” includes several positive comments about the President’s domestic policy. However, he does not mention matters related to foreign policy for which the President is often criticized. …

7/1/2014 1:20 AM
Kirk Walters: Immigration
BY KIRK WALTERS BLADE EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

6/30/2014 11:36 PM
Jihadists’ foothold
Editorials
These are heady times for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It controls a wide swath of territory across the two countries in its name, and boasts on the Internet of obliterating the boundary drawn by the French and British nearly a century ago. …

7/1/2014 12:00 AM
Not a prayer
Editorials
Never mind the adage about fools rushing in where angels fear to tread. The U.S. Supreme Court defers to those who invoke religious belief, even if their personhood is invested in a for-profit corporation. …

7/1/2014 12:00 AM
Falling drones spur wake-up call
Letters to the Editor
In response to your June 21 article “Hundreds of drones have fallen out of sky; Crashes raise worry as civilian use looms”: These aircraft do not yet have the redundant mechanical and communications equipment necessary to fly in residential space. Drones haven’t reached a level of reliability to be safe. …

7/1/2014 12:00 AM
Suing and fuming
Editorials
Most Americans would agree that this nation has too much partisanship and too many lawsuits. In announcing last week that he will seek legislation that would allow the House of Representatives to sue President Obama, Speaker John Boehner of Ohio embraces a double dose of negativity. …