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Updated 1 hour ago
Politics trumps problem-solving
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
LANSING — Ever wonder why so many elected officials waste so much time and energy on irrelevant crusades? Consider two examples: …

Published 9 hours ago
Don’t raise interest rates

Few subjects elicit more boredom than the activities of the Federal Reserve, the central bank that runs the nation’s economy. But the Fed’s decisions have critical implications for the lives of all Americans, including the prices we pay for homes and cars, the rate of inflation, and the health of the economy. …

Published 9 hours ago
Charter changes

Some Ohio charter schools, in Toledo and elsewhere, prepare students very well to attend college and pursue fulfilling careers. But too many charters have hidden behind the state’s lax charter school transparency laws to deliver mediocre education and engage in abuses. …

3/27/2015 12:11 AM
Kirk: Ted Cruz's running mate
BY KIRK WALTERS BLADE EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Published 9 hours ago
Focus on training, not toy guns
Letters to the Editor
The Ohio legislature seems to have lost touch with reality. An attempt to pass a bill that would ban look-alike toy guns is a waste of time (“Police warn of toy gun encounters; Realistic-looking firearms used by criminals, teenagers,” March 10). …

Updated 17 hours ago
A cleaner Lake Erie

The General Assembly is sending Gov. John Kasich an encouragingly strong bill that will start to clean up toxic pollution in Lake Erie. The measure will not, by itself, remove the threat to public health from the kind of harmful lake algae that poisoned Toledo’s water supply last year. But it will improve the state’s ability to respond to such …

3/26/2015 12:00 AM
Bad economics

After the Republican landslide in last year’s midterm elections, GOP lawmakers promised to get serious about creating opportunity for ordinary Americans and closing the widening income gap — the nation’s most pressing domestic crisis. Not so you’d notice. …

3/26/2015 12:00 AM
It’s time to replace canine care officer

When are the Lucas County commissioners going to recognize that Julie Lyle, the county’s canine care and control director, needs to be replaced with a trained professional (“Stray dogs taken to shelter often face death; Good Samaritans shocked by killings of canines because of behavior problems,” March 16)? …

3/26/2015 12:00 AM
Why should neo-Nazi rally get protection?

Does guaranteeing First Amendment rights require special protection for some at the cost of another person’s rights? …

3/26/2015 12:00 AM
Don’t just grieve for Ford, celebrate service

Jack Ford’s passing will leave a hole in the fabric of good, honest government (“Former Toledo mayor leaves legacy of service; Politician recalled as compassionate, tough,” March 22). I served as the executive director of his transition team after his election as mayor in 2001. Later, I was his acting chief of staff for two months, and a consultant …




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