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3/23/2014 12:00 AM
Road map
Editorials
When the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) last updated its regional transportation plan four years ago, improving northwest Ohio’s interstate highway system dominated the debate. Today, people understand that Toledo’s growth as a region and its ability to compete with other urban areas demand better mass transit as well. …

3/23/2014 12:00 AM
Sentencing sense
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Among the casualties of a failed war on drugs that has spanned more than three decades are bloated prisons that cost the nation nearly $90 billion a year. With only 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States holds 25 percent of its prisoners; more than 2 million people are locked up in this country. …

3/23/2014 12:00 AM
Ecigarette report misrepresented
Letters to the Editor
The Blade made several errors in its recent screed against ecigarettes, but its largest is an error made far too often by newspapers: relying on a press release about a study rather than the study itself (“Nicotine con job,” editorial, March 14). …

3/22/2014 12:00 AM
Meat racket grew from regulations
Letters to the Editor
In response to Nicholas D. Kristof’s March 14 op-ed column, “The unhealthy meat racket”: In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the federal government enforced meat inspections. At that time, there were several small meat-processing plants locally. Eventually, the mom-and-pop operations closed, because their equipment was deemed unsatisfactory. …

3/22/2014 12:00 AM
Ohio schools snowed under
BY MARILOU JOHANEK BLADE COLUMNIST
What a calamity. Only Ohio lawmakers could turn a punishing winter into a political issue. But they play in a separate universe from the rest of the state. …

3/22/2014 12:00 AM
Who runs the Internet?
LOS ANGELES TIMES
One of the technological marvels of the Internet is that it acts as a unified system, even though it’s a global collection of disparate computer and communications networks. That’s thanks in part to the use of a common address book administered by a nonprofit group created and overseen by the U.S. government. …

3/22/2014 12:00 AM
Flawed fast track
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Foreclosures that drag on in the court system for months, even years, are costing Ohio between $24 million and $129 million, according to a new study by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland researchers. The study argues that fast-tracking foreclosures of vacant properties could save a lot of money by reducing deadweight losses, such as the accelerated depreciation of these …

3/21/2014 12:00 AM
Shorting women’s hospital wrong
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
DETROIT — Nobody would compare Wayne State University to Yale. But in one area — research into at-risk pregnancies — Detroit’s huge state university outranks the Ivy League school. …

3/21/2014 12:00 AM
Kirk: The One Commandment
BY KIRK WALTERS BLADE EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

3/21/2014 12:00 AM
Will wrong; IRS does what’s right
Letters to the Editor
In his March 11 op-ed column, “The IRS’ behavior taxes credulity,” George F. Will says that the Internal Revenue Service “hopes to nullify with new rules, the legal right of 501(c)(4) groups, many of which are conservative, to participate in politics.” The principle is that charitable contributions are tax-exempt and political contributions are not. …