Editorial roundup

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:

The Lima News, Oct. 6

Giving the gift of hope and life through an organ transplant is both precious and powerful…

Providing someone a second chance at life is a noble gift that most of us support, including nearly all organized religions. Yet, far too few people have actually joined a registry or discussed the topic of donation with their families.

That’s a tragedy in itself as it has led to a tremendous shortage of organs and tissues.

An average of 22 people nationwide die each day while waiting for the organ that would have extended their lives, reports the LifeCenter Organ Donor Network at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Even more sobering is the organ shortages come at a time when there is a high success rate of transplant operations…

In Ohio, more than 3,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant, and hundreds more await tissue transplants.

We urge people to become an organ donor. Just make sure your family and loved ones know of your wishes. It can be a great comfort to them, plus it helps ensure your choice is carried out.

Online: http://bit.ly/2dH93n7


The Akron Beacon Journal, Oct. 5

Among the many reckless, unsubstantiated charges Donald Trump makes on the campaign trail is the assertion that the November presidential election will be “rigged.” By that, he means deliberate, widespread voter fraud could cost him the contest with Hillary Clinton, a corrosive view that undermines confidence in the integrity of the election system. Unfortunately, the message is resonating, especially among Trump supporters…

There are no credible national studies to back up Trump’s claim. Even the views of Clinton supporters are exaggerated. To skew deliberately the outcome of a presidential contest would be virtually impossible, given the country’s highly decentralized process for administering elections and that voting devices generally are not connected to the internet.

In Ohio, Trump’s assertions ignore multiple layers of reality…

No question, the state’s elections system could use improvements, but voter fraud is not among its problems…

Trump has continued to make other assertions even after fact-checking organizations have debunked them. Many risk lasting damage by making it harder for voters to see the real choices. Undercutting confidence in the democratic process itself by raising the specter of massive voter fraud must count as one of the most harmful.

Online: http://bit.ly/2egT5SG