Editorial roundup

The (Lorain) Morning Journal, Dec. 10

While presidents and Congresses for many years have refused to deal with entitlement reform, states have no choice. Deficit spending is off-limits for them, so they must find ways to curb growth in government spending…

A bill in the state House of Representatives would ease unemployment compensation spending a bit, giving both employers and the state a break.

It would cut or eliminate entirely unemployment compensation benefits for Ohioans who collect Social Security benefits. An offset system would be used, reducing unemployment checks $1 for each $1 in Social Security payments…

If legislators proceed with the change, Ohio would become the only state in the union deducting the full amount of Social Security benefits from unemployment compensation…

But the change envisioned in Columbus could have severe effects on many older Ohioans. Overnight, some could lose $1,000 or more in monthly income.

Many of those who collect Social Security while remaining in the workforce do so to make ends meet or to become more secure when they decide on full retirement. Making the change effective immediately could be seriously harmful to them.

For that reason, state officials should consider phasing in the change, over a period of a few years…

Lawmakers may well decide they have no choice but to make the change, in the interest of fiscal responsibility. But in doing so, they should blunt the impact on older Ohioans.

Online: http://bit.ly/1Qhv5vh

The (Findlay) Courier, Dec. 10

When it comes to protecting the health of student-athletes, the approach must always be to err on the side of caution.

Ohio has done that through better monitoring of youth head injuries, but now needs to be just as vigilant, if not more, when it comes to detecting potentially deadly heart ailments.

Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, plans to sponsor legislation next month that will raise awareness of heart conditions before more tragedies unfold on football or soccer fields or basketball courts. The bill can’t come soon enough…

Hite’s bill would require coaches and teachers to undergo one hour of instruction on the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest every three years. Coaches would be required to remove a student from an activity when a heart problem is suspected. The student would not be permitted to return to action until medically cleared…

It makes sense to better monitor student heart issues, considering that one in 100 student athletes have an undetected cardiac condition that can lead to death…

Sudden cardiac arrest is a public health issue that needs more attention. Since some heart problems go undetected, it can strike without warning. Shortness of breath, dizziness, extreme fatigue, syncope, and a “racing heart” can all be symptoms of a more serious underlying heart condition…

Ohio lawmakers shouldn’t wait for more deaths to occur. They should make quick work of Hite’s proposal next year.

Online: http://bit.ly/1m1brXo


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