Editorials from around Ohio
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Findlay Courier, April 11
The opioid crisis isn’t just killing Hancock County residents, it’s putting intense pressure on the budgets of child and adult protective services as well.
As a result, Hancock County Job and Family Services is asking voters to do something for the first time: pass a property tax to help it carry out its mission.
The 1.2-mill tax will appear on the May 8 ballot as Issue 7. If approved, it would generate $2.3 million per year for 10 years. The cost breakdown would be $42 a year per $100,000 property.
The request comes at a time when state funding hasn’t kept pace with an increased demand for services. We urge voters to support it. A defeat of the issue would mean our most vulnerable citizens, youth and seniors, would be underserved.
The numbers support passage.
Voters should say yes to Issue 7 to help bridge the funding gap for critical services that are needed for both foster care youth and a growing senior population.
The Canton Repository, April 11
Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise an entity called the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project exists, or that it can be found at the website CompassionFatigue.org.
Signs of our times.
Compassion fatigue defines the toll — physical, mental and emotional — that workers in various care-related fields experience as they “struggle to function in care-giving environments that constantly present heart-wrenching, emotional challenges.”
Lately, the term has been used more frequently to describe the effect on first responders dealing with the daily, seemingly unending, chronic stress of battling opioid abuse.
The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project reminds those in occupations of caring: “You don’t have to make a choice; it is possible to practice healthy, ongoing self-care while successfully continuing to care for others.”
When presented the opportunity, we also should let first responders know we appreciate their life-saving efforts and their relentless compassion.
The Marietta Times, April 10
If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau.
As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook admitted last week. The information allegedly was used to benefit political candidates, including President Donald Trump.
Lost in the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal is the fact most social media operations rely on data mining for their profits. They collect information about users and sell it to marketing firms, among others.
Facebook appears to be attempting to clean up its act — to an extent. It will provide users with more information about data collection and more opportunities to opt out of it.
But the bottom line is that invading privacy in ways small and large keeps some social media companies in business. Users ignore that at their peril.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, April 11
Compensating the wrongfully imprisoned isn’t a novelty in Ohio. Ohio’s spending on such settlements has averaged about $2.73 million a year over the last eight years, according to Legislative Service Commission data.
It’s an important corrective to prosecutorial misconduct, forensic errors or simple human mistakes that can land the wrong person in prison — sometimes for years. But Ohio’s current system has sprung loopholes.
That’s why the Ohio House should pass a bipartisan bill aimed at making sure that those wrongfully imprisoned are justly compensated.
Last month, a House committee voted 10-1 to approve House Bill 411, co-sponsored by state Reps. Bill Seitz, a conservative Republican from suburban Cincinnati, and Emilia Sykes, an Akron Democrat. That sets up a possible floor vote.
The Seitz-Sykes bill is opposed by a number of prosecutors on the grounds it may grant compensation for prosecutorial errors even when guilt remains possible.
But Seitz doesn’t see things that way: “I shake my head at the idea that, ‘Oh, well, this is money for criminals.’” Seitz told Cleveland.com’s Jackie Borchardt. “They’re only criminals because the government failed its constitutional duty.”
Seitz is correct. HB 411 is a matter of justice. It deserves House passage — now.